The next Colossal flowering of Neelakurinji in Munnar areas is expected in the year 2018. The Kerala Forest Department and Wild Life authorities in Munnar started the preliminary steps for receiving the visitors and for making arrangements.
Thousands of spectators visit these hills to witness the magical metamorphosis of Munnar mountain, yet there are a hundred other reasons to visit Munnar. Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) – belongs to the genus ‘Strobilanthes’ which was first scientifically described in the 19th century.The name Neelakurinji derived from the purplish blue flowers of that blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years. The blooming of Neelakurinji in Munnar areas was during 2006 and the next blooming is during 2018 and thereafter during 2030. The plant is usually 30 to 60 cm high on the hills. As there are different species of kurinjis with different flowering cycles, blooms are seen at varying intervals.
However, the flowering cycle for a particular species remains the same, but for variations of a few months triggered possibly by local weather.
Once again in the coming year. The Muduvar tribe, which inhabit the mountain ranges around Munnar calculates its age with blossoming of the Kurinji. The Kurinji symbolizes clandestine love or premarital romance. The flowers picturesquely carpet the entire hillsides with its mauve blossoms. Once in a life time rare sight of the Kurinji flowers covering the slopes and ravines of Munnar in a blanket of blue.
Immense quantities of honey become available and the rock bees and common hill bees visit the plant. The flower has 50 different varieties, as botanists say, but is found largely in shades of blue. The Colossal flowering of Neelakurinji in Munnar season comes between August and November and peak in late September and October although some varieties exhibit little variation.
A lot of mythological significanced is also attributed to the flower. Both the Muthuvas of Munnar and the Todas of Nilgiris consider the flowering of kurinji as auspicious. However, there are taboos that prevent them from destroying the plant or its withered twigs until the seeds mature ten months after the flowering.
The four months to experience gregarious Neelakurinji Flowers in Munnar is August, Septemper, October & November 2018. To ensure rooms in these peak days, Munnar Portal has started advance booking of rooms. Attractive Neelakurinji special tour packages also available.Contact +91 9526142856.