Get Ready for a Magical Experience –“Neelakurinji”
Truly great artists are ones who create works of art that are appreciated for centuries after they are gone. They come up such creations that are rare and beautiful. They are rare because these creations are few and far between and because they are rare, their beauty is also mysteriously captivating. Nature too, is such an artist. It is probably, the greatest of them all because of the sheer magnificence and beauty in everything that it has touched.
One such creation of Nature is the Neelakurinji flower. The botanical name is ‘Strobilanthes kunthianus’. The name Neelakurinji means blue (neela) flower (kurinji). The hills and forests of Munnar situated in the Western Ghats of South India are home to this special flower. The blooming of this beautiful flower can be during the months of July through October. What is fascinating about this spectacle is that this is a phenomenon that happens only once every twelve years during the said months. Categorized as a long interval bloomer (or plietesial) the Neelakurinji has been documented as one of the most consistent and rigorous bloomers in the category, with documented evidence of its blooming every twelfth year since 1838. Growing at an altitude of 1300 to 2400 metres, the plant is usually 30 to 60 cm high. They can, however, grow well beyond 180 cm under congenial conditions. It is also believed that the Paliyan tribe of Tamil Nadu used it as a reference point to calculate their ages.
The sight of this flower blooming in abundance and covering the hills and landscape is one to behold. It is a sight that comes once every twelve years. The region of Munnar seems to be carpeted with this magical flower as people and tourists come from near and far to view this spectacle of art created by Mother Nature. Special tours and expeditions are arranged to help tourists and visitors to experience the magic and splendor of this event. If you are planning to visit the region of Munnar during the blooming of the Neelakurinji season, be sure to make your bookings well in advance.
A luxury resort like Blanket Hotel can help bring the best out of the Neelakurinji experience for your holiday during this season. We at Blanket Hotel and Spa have made the best holiday plans for you this season to help you enjoy the Neelakurinji spectacle. Being the best luxury resort in Munnar, Blanket offers you a wide variety of activities that you can indulge in with your loved ones and experience Munnar like never before this Neelakurinji season.