As the Neelakurinji is all set to bloom in just a few weeks’ time, visitors to the hills of Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district can feast their eyes on a spectacular carpet of purplish-blue. For nature lovers, this is a sight to behold as the Neelakurinji, breaks into a glorious bloom only once in 12 years, a shrub common in the Western Ghats.
The much sought-after hill station is ready to witness a surge in tourists because the blooming period draws near. Munnar is home to the largest concentration of the Kurinji plant in the country. Even if not of a trek person, indulge in one this season to catch the Kurinji in full glory. We can also spot the Nilgiri Tahr at the Eravikulam National Park which is also one of the main flowering areas, while we soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the blue flowers. The endangered mountain goat, the Nilgiri Tahr, is endemic to the region.
There is a widespread publicity for the phenomenon through social media platforms. Kerala expects more visitors this season compared to the 2006 bloom. The Kerala government is gearing up to enable an enjoyable experience for tourists. Over 8 lakh travelers are expected during the blooming period. For a miraculous view of the Kurinji bloom, the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) has spotted a few apt spots. The district administration and the wildlife department have warned people against stealing Neelakurinji plant or flower. People who are caught will have to pay a heavy penalty.
Tickets will be available online. According to reports, 75 percent of the tickets will be sold online and the rest will be sold offline through the counters at Marayoor Wildlife Complex (Old Munnar). Revised ticket rates and the number of people allowed per day at the park, will be announced through the new online website that will be launched by the wildlife department.
Mountain Trail Resort is built with a unique ethnic design that blends beautifully with the scenic surrounding of Munnar. The resort is nestled against the milieu of Western Ghats, offers a magnificent view of Sahya Mountain Ranges and the meritorious view of the misty valleys. It offers a memorable stay with unmatched hospitality. It is an ideal place for honeymoon couples because of its excellent location.