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When Munnar turns blue

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jul 9, 2018, 1:00 am IST
Updated : Jul 9, 2018, 12:59 am IST

The 'Neelakurinji' flowers, last seen in 2006, are expected to bloom in Munnar soon.

The flowers were last seen in bloom in 2006.
 The flowers were last seen in bloom in 2006.

The wait is finally over! After 12 years, nature enthusiasts and experts are thrilled that Munnar is gearing up for the Kurinji season. In 2018, the beautiful hills of Munnar shall once again attract people from across the planet for the blooming of the ‘Neelakurinji’, during July-October. Nearly eight lakh visitors are expected to arrive at the tourist town during these months. The flowers were last seen in bloom in 2006.

Neelakurinji or Strobilanthes Kunthianus blooms in 40 or so varieties, a majority of them being blue in colour. ‘Neela’ literally translates to blue and 'kurinji' is the name given to it by the tribals of the area. In Munnar, one can view this spectacular sight from specially arranged spots at Kovilur, Kadavari, Rajamala and Eravikulam National Park.

Kerala Tourism has been undertaking several steps to improve the tourism infrastructure at Munnar to accommodate maximum number of vacationers at  Neelakurinji hotspots.

Vehicles would be regulated and provided with adequate parking space, while action would be taken for hassle-free waste management through out the season. 

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