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Neelakurinji Blooms 2018

Having 12 year flowering cycle, Kurinji shone in 2006 and is expected to blossom between July and October this year(2018). The blue blushing rage dances against the blowing wind is a visual treat and it is inexplicable the allure of this scenery.
The purple phenomenon and the Queen of Hill stations, Kurinji, is funnel shaped blossoms appear light blue in young plants and purplish blue in older ones. The Nilgiri Hills, literally means the blue Mountain part of a pristine mountain range known as the Western Ghats. Strikingly blue colour of the picturesque Hills is attributed to the clustered bloom of the mass-flowering species Strobilanthes Kunthiana called Neelakurinji.

There are 40 more varieties of Kurinji in which the purple blue is the major concentration and the largest accumulation of Kunthiana can be seen on the Hill Ranges of Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala. The pride of Munnar, Neelakurinji resembles the mountain ranges that lies 1800 m above the sea level, carpeted in mystical blue. Munnar, along with its inhabitants witness the rare spectacle blossom after the long awating of a duodecennial.

We can view this great sight from Kovilur, Kadavari, Rajamala and Eravikulam National Park.