The long wait is now over! The hills of Munnar are set to be embraced in a dreamy shade of blue. The Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus) blooms only once in every 12 years and it sure is a sight to behold and this year it’s about to bloom. This is a rare natural spectacle for which travellers make a beeline for. An endless stretch of rolling hills carpeted with tiny blue flowers welcomes the visitors. It is the time Neelakurinji, a flower with 40 odd varieties, blossoms in all its grandeur.
This stellar phenomenon can be witnessed between the months of July 2018 and October 2018 when the flower blooms in all its glory unleashing a visual extravaganza. In fact, there is no better time to visit Munnar than when the Neelakurinji blooms en masse.
The Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered mountain goat, is endemic to these hills. The majestic mountain goat ambling down the hills that are swathed in Neelakurinji makes for an extremely enigmatic sight. The tour planners and adventure clubs organize trekking in these hills when the Neelakurinji blooms. This unique lifecycle of the plant makes the hills a must-visit destination for biologists and nature enthusiasts alike.
The Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, have introduced accreditation for Service Providers to ensure a high degree of discipline and professionalism in Tourism industry. The Accreditation process has been initiated for ensuring the quality, competence and trustworthiness of service providers in various tourism sectors like Ayurveda centres, homestays, serviced villas, tour operators, tourist guides, wayside amenities, vazhiyoram, grihasthali etc.
For more details and pictures visit the official site of Kerala Tourism Department.