Grasslands of western ghats

The Purplish-Blue beauties to bloom again now, after 12 Years!!

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” 
Aristotle 

Every twelve years, the rolling hills are carpeted with tiny purple flowers, the Neelakurinji ('Strobilanthes kunthianus'). The rare and stellar natural phenomena happens n the shola grasslands of Western Ghats - the Nilgiri hills, the Palani hills and the Eravikulam hills of Munnar. The mist clad hills, tranquil breeze, picturesque landscape, mild climate, sprawling tea plantations and winding walkways have always attracted travel enthusiasts to Munnar and Ooty. But this year is the year of the purplish blue beauties to bloom again! It gives a reason to travellers across the globe to unwind and bask in the visual treat of the rolling hills blanketed in the shades of blue and create memories for a lifetime.

Neelakurinji ShrubNeelakurinji is a shrub with a unique life cycle. It blooms once in twelve years and 40 odd varieties of Neelakurinji will be witnessed between the months of July 2018 and October 2018. Nilgiri hills acquires its names as “the Blue Mountains” because it is the habitat of these blue beauties. It is marvellous to see the ravishing terrains clad in bluish hues endlessly. The beauty and rarity of Neelakurinji has inspired many a poet in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Neelakurinji, for the poets, is a symbol of yearning, love and happiness.

Munnar is a dream destination to all tourists visiting the God’s Own Country. A bird -watcher’s paradise; Munnar is irresistible with its magnificent array of plantations and a rare variety of flora and fauna. The hills stations of Western Ghats are splattered with the right mix of nature and well-placed resorts and home stays; each creating the perfect vibe to simply unplug and relax in the arms of nature.

One of the main attractions near Munnar is the

Nilgiri Tahr
Eravikulam National Park - famous for its endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr.
• Mattupethy Dam- A perfect picnic spot for a casual evening, the Dam is at a height of 1200 meters and provides a breathtaking view of the hills around. Boating is a favourite option for most tourists.
Anamudi Peak – The highest mountain in South India with hiking trails and wildlife encounters
The Blossom International Park – Well-planned lush garden with blooming flower beds and scenic lookout point
Fun Forest- Scenic adventure park with many activities including ziplining & an obstacle course.
• Trekking, biking, rock climbing and elephant safari are key attractions to children and adults. Not to miss is also the prominent waterfalls like Attukad Waterfalls, Thoovanam Watefalls, Lakkam Watefalls etc
Tea Museum- Established by Tata Tea, one can witness the tea processing along with the history and production of tea with old machineries, photographs and demonstrations
Tea Plantation
Stay options are aplenty in Munnar with many homestays, cottages and experiential stays adding to the list of top resorts like Club Mahindra, KTDC Tea County, Rivulet Resort, The Panaromic Getaway Munnar,Sterling Resort etc.

The last time Neelakurinji flowered was in 2006 and the next would be in 2030. If you are someone who wouldn’t want to miss out on such magical occurrences in nature, pack your bags right away. The wait is over for all those nature lovers and botanists and a huge tourist number is expected in the following months. Well connected to road, rail and airways, the Western Ghats are easily accessible.

Quietude awaits you, so does the marvels of nature!

Also click here is you want to travel to places in India before they disappear or do a family time at Kanatal, Garhwal range

Comments (1)

Shreya Chaudhari Posted on Jun 21, 2018

Wow, this is very interesting. I had no idea!

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Deepa Dwarkanath

VP HR DriveIT Technologies, Hydrebad. An MBA in HR and Marketing. Also an active baker, loves cooking and reading. Was previously associated with Wandertrails as a part-time Content Writer.

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