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Neelakurinji – Once in 12 years!

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Neelakurinji flowers

The creator with his paint brush sprays magic on the canvas called earth time and again. One is left awestruck and spell bound, every time they get a chance to witness that magic. This is one such magic, which happens once every 12 years, known as Neelakurinji.

The Blue Bloom

Neelakurinji – Once in a Blue Bloom

The Neelakurinji, literally meaning blue flower, are a rare species of flower that have a maturity cycle of 12-16 years. When blooming at its peak, it engulfs the entire stretch of the hill in the carpet of blue. The Nilgiri Hills have thus derived their name.

Blue Flowers in Green Grass!

Where to find?

The Neelakurinji are found in the southern part of India in the Nilgiri hills and western ghats. They are more prominently found in the valleys of Munnar in Kerala, since they require an altitude of 1200-2400 meters above MSL.

As one breezes past the beautiful tea estates in Munnar, you arrive at Eravikulam National Park, 10 km from Munnar town, one of the prime locations for the Neelakurinji flowering and is highly promoted by Kerala Tourism.

If you plan to go on a long weekend, make sure you book the tickets in advance online, as the National Park has a limit of 3000 people only per day. The park is open for public from 8 am to 4 pm.

Soothing Sight

Neelakurinji – The Experience

Once in a 12 year experience

A worthwhile experience is on its way as you hike along the roads of Eravikulam National Park with the beautiful blue flowers blooming at your either side. As the cool winds blow through the flowers, it makes the sight even more soothing and refreshing. Perched upon the hills, embracing in its arms, when you witness a carpet of blue, you get the feeling of Nirvana as the beauty of the place and magic of the nature makes a mark in your mind, body, heart and soul.  A must on the to-do list of nature lover, the flowers will make you feel obsessed with them.

So much so that you’ll sign off from Munnar saying, “See you in 2030, Neelakurinji!”

What is your travelling activity

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As expense and interest on travel are increasing it is broadening the lifestyle of travel by bringing traveling activity in focus through foreign culture. Now the holiday is just not limited to visiting a new place, rather choose it within your interests in a journey too. No don’t misjudge it with just photography and writing, a new place could be much more. Give yourself a chance to know more about a new place through your activity of interest. Here are a few activities you can choose your interest from for your next tour plan:

1. Adventure- Based Vacations

Although presently the most common among youth, still adventure is a wide field in itself. From land, water, and air to subcategories in all of them. Surf, dive, climb every mountain, hop on a bicycle or be the engine mama, just chase your fear every time. If you love adventure based vacations you can also go for trekking, read this article about trekking on Adventure Nation.

Places: Goa, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Chennai and the list is long.

2. One for a foodie holiday

Turn your mantra of ‘live for eating’ to ‘travel for eating’. Spice up yourself with the sample of flavors wherever you go or get some new cooking lessons. Taste the culture of places you travel.

Places: Delhi, Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Lucknow.

3. Spiritual Tours

Enlighten your soul with the story a place holds through the mythology you believe in. The trip like these will teach you more and strengthen your trust through the positive energy such places provide.

Places: Varanasi, Amritsar, Ajmer, Tirupati, Tawang.


4. History, Art and Archaeology

Open your mind, not books and pack your bag can also be said if you love history and archaeological facts. Sites, ruins, culture can leave you amazed. Then museum is a plus to a place. Travel and return with facts full.

Places: Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Bihar.

5. Off for a Fitness Freak:

Wellness holiday will help you today and in future too. Yoga, massage or spa-related trips can be on your list for the holiday if you don’t get much time to take care of yourself in your busy working life. Take a healthy off and learn new techniques of staying fit.

Place: Rishikesh, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka

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