Every twelve years, during the months of August to October, the Neelakurinji flower (Strobilanthes kunthianus) blooms along the Munnar Hills, thus bringing an end to the long waiting period which keeps nature enthusiasts on their toes. The bright blue blanket of the Neelakurinji flowers clothes the entire hill giving it a regal appearance. And it is time to stare in awe at one of the most picturesque sights that looks straight out of a dream. As Sirius Black had said, “I did my waiting! Twelve years of it. In Azkaban!” we too, have waited, although not in Azkaban, for the beautiful flowers to bloom. Are you as thrilled as we are?
Perched at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level, Munnar is one of the most magnificent places in Kerala. For a mesmerizing, panoramic view of these flower-laden hills, it is best to be at Rajamala, Kadavari, Kovilur, or the Eravikulam National Park.
The name Neelakurinji is a compound word, with “Neela” meaning “blue” and “kurinji” translating to “flowers”. Last seen in the year 2006, this flower blooms in no less than forty-six varieties. Standing in the midst of millions of Neelakunjiri is sure to take you to another dimension, and posing for a photograph with the flowers surrounding you will give you some of the best pictures (Get ready to upload a new profile picture)! Being able to witness this marvel of nature is like taking a quick peek into paradise. What’s more, you can also explore the beautiful backwaters, the expansive tea plantations, the steep, cascading waterfalls, and the beauteous nature that Kerala is home to.
- It is advisable to book your tickets to the Eravikulam National Park online well in advance.
- Make sure to visit the place at sunrise. It is a breathtaking sight to see the first rays of the sun fall on the clouds of mist that cover the flowers.
- We love flowers and we hope you do too. Show your love by not plucking or damaging the flowers.
The wait is over, and it is time to witness this miraculous sight of the blue flowers dancing in the gentle breeze before they disappear for twelve long years again.
The Neelakurinji is set to appear from August to October 2018. Let us plan a trip for you! Reach out to us at [email protected].
Pic courtesy: KeralaTourism0