Munnar is home to the highest concentration of neelakurinjiplants in the country – spread over 3000 hectares of rolling hills. The spectacular mass flowering of neelakurinji happens only once in 12 years – each shrub reproduces once in its life time and dies after flowering. It takes another 12 years for the seeds to sprout again and grow up to 30 to 60 centimetres high, for another glorious bloom.
Once every 12 years, the hills of Munnar turn blue. People flock in great numbers to view the blooming of the Neelakurinji. Biologists and nature loves alike mark their calendars for this great event that is expected next in 2018. The world awaits the turning of the Munnar range into a blanket of beautiful blue. It is easily among the most magnificent sights in the world.
The flower has shown up in areas around Munnar like Mattupetty and Top Station. From August to October every 12 years, these areas are primed for viewing this natural wonder. 1600 m above sea level, Munnar is one of the most beautiful locations in Kerala and the world. Its tea plantations, hill ranges, plantation bungalows and a vast variety of rare flora and fauna have enthralled people for centuries. It is also home to the endangered NilgiriTahr whose population is currently being conserved at the Eravikulam National Park. One can even visit the Anamudi Peak, the tallest in South India, which has some of best trekking trails in the country.
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