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Neelakurunji Flowers

A little about the Neelakurunji flowers that burst into bloom every 12 years rendering a pikish blue to the hills around Munnar


Munnar is an enchanting hill station that boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is located above 1600 mts from the sea level. The presence of Neelakurunji flowers adds more attraction to the splendid natural beauty of Munnar. Neelakurunji is a rare species of bush with impressive flowers that blooms once in 12 years. During the blooming season the Kurunji clad hill areas will be blanketed with bluish flowers, it offer breathtaking views of the entire hilly region. As being an unusual natural phenomenon Neelakurunji attracts hoards of domestic and international tourists.

Neelakurunji is a shrub that is scientifically named as Strobilanthes Kunthiana. It took its origin from the neighbouring areas of River Kunthi that flows through the wide stretch of the well known Silent Valley National Park in Kerala. These kinds of plants are mainly found in Shola grasslands and valleys of the impressive Western Ghats and Nilgiris in India. Blooming of Neelakurunji takes place in a clustered manner between the month of August and November; the peak period is in September and October.

During the blooming stage the flowers will be blue in colour and become purplish when aged. Neelakurunji in Malayalam means blue flower, in total there are about 300 species of plants that bloom once in 10 to 16 years and Neelakurunji is the best known species among them. Nearly 46 species are found in India. Plants that bloom in long interval are called plietesials. The main habitat of Neelakurinji is Munnar and its neighbouring areas that lie within Western Ghats.

Neelakurunji, the flagship species of the mountains, is considered as the symbol of bio-diversity of the Western Ghats. Other than Munnar, Neelakurunji is also found in Selvarayan range of hills in the Eastern Ghats which is a non-continuous range of hills that spreads over the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. But nothing can match the charm of the Neelakurunji of Munnar.

Blooming of Neelakurunji is considered as a symbol of prosperity this belief boost the number of visitors. There are adequate transporting facilities available from Munnar to facilitate the visitors. So don’t forget to have a look at the Neelakurunjis’ while your visit to the scintillating Munnar.


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