If Munnar is in your wishlist, then the long wait of twelve years is finally over with Neelakurinji Munnar 2018 blooming . Kurinji is a flower and Neela means Blue and Neelakurinji translates to Blue Kurinji Flower in English. The hills will soon be bathed in a dreamy shade of blue from mid September 2018. Neelakurinji does not grow in any other part of the world making itself a rarest of the rare. The last bloom of Neelakurinji was in the year 2006 and the next is in 2018 and this is one of the reasons why Munnar and Western Ghats got into the list of Best Places to Visit in Asia in 2018 by Lonely Planet.
Here is some helpful information for you, if Munnar is in your bucket list and you are planning to visit Munnar for Neelakurinji Blooming
Neelakurinji and Munnar Fables
The old people in Munnar claims that tribals apparently used Neelakurinji bloom to calculate their age . Neelakurinji flower has no smell or any medicinal value and the attraction is the blue mountains which you cant watch anywhere in the world other than Western Ghats. Even the famous Niligiri Hills, which literally means the Blue Mountains, got the name of Blue Hills from the purplish blue Neelakurinji flowers which blooms every 12 years.
The wild flower grows at a height of 30 to 60 cm on hills slopes at an altitude of 1300 to 2400 meters where there is little or no tree forest. Large amount of honey become available when Neelakurinji blooms and the rock bees and common hill bees visit the plant. It is also believed that the honey near the blossoms is the sweetest. During the bloom there is a manifold increase of bees around the plant. The honey from the neelakurinji is very special. It lasts for about 15 years without getting spoilt and is believed to have medicinal properties.
Neelakurinji Munnar 2018 – What makes it special?
Neelakurinji is unique in itself as it can be watched only in Western Ghats and When the kurinji bush blooms, it has a profuse display of violet blue flowers that cover the entire plant and the blossoms spread out as a blue blanket on the hill sides of western ghats on the mountains of Munnar which already is covered with green tea gardens.
Neelakurinji Flower is a symbol of longing for love and happiness for poets, and for the tribal Kurinji is the symbol of self awakening of a woman, as in the old Tamil traditions a girl is considered to attain sexual maturity at the age of 12. It beautifully decorates mountain sides in the Western Ghats of South India, and the spectacular and picturesquely sight is to behold for rest of our lives.
How to book Neelakrurinji Sightseeing in Munnar?
Neelakurinji blooming is spread over 3,000 hectares of rolling hills which is covered in Purple Colours and each shrub reproduces once in its life time and dies after flowering and you will have to wait for 12 more years to see the flowering again.
“The next full blooming will happen is 2030 in Munnar after 2018 Neelakurinji Bloom”
You can watch Neelakurinji from any of the Best Places to Visit in Munnar, however Kovilur, Rajamala and Eravikulam National Park may be the best places to see Neelakurinji in Munnar. Only 3500 tickets are allowed to be booked daily in Eravikulam National Park and 75% of the tickets can be booked online and rest in counters in Munnar. If you book tickets you can also see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr at Eravikulam National Park as well.
Here are some tips on Neelakurinji ticket booking 2018
- You can book the tickets in websites www.eravikulamnationalpark.org or www.munnarwildlife.com.
- Maximum Time that can be spent in Park is 2 hours
- In Munnar you can book tickets in Munnar KSRTC Bus Stand and Marayoor Forest Complex
- Time for entry into Park is printed on tickets
Guidelines for Neelakurinji Bloom by State Government of Kerala
When you take care about Neelakurinji you are in fact protecting the entire ecosystem in Munnar and
If you’re planning to visit the area, make note of the guidelines the state government has issued:
- Do not pluck the flowers or Neelakurinji plant. They are an endangered species and wont flower anywhere else in the world.
- The plants grow above an altitude of 1,500m. Plucking plants for cultivation at alternate locations will not be fruitful.
- The flowering area is a strictly no plastic zone.
Is Munnar safe to visit after Kerala Floods 2018 ?
Yes, This is the the most repeated question that gets asked by guests who have heard about the Kerala floods 2018. ” Is the flood over in Kerala ? “. We would like to tell you all that Kerala is healing and Kerala Tourism has bounced back and Kerala is still flooded with Love and Compassion every where in the world. The infrastructure has been fully rebuilt and here is the video of the bridge to Eravikulam National Park that has been reconstructed.
Guests from all over the world has started visiting Munnar and resorts and hotels have opened after the floods to welcome these guests
There are fewer tourists who are visiting Munnar now because of the floods and you may be able to visit Munnar without the crowds that would have thronged the destination.
Hope you have a wonderful time visiting Munnar and for Neelakurinji Munnar 2018 Booking with our tips above and do share your photos with us after your visit on twitter with @irisholidays