Neelakurinji- Flower blooms once in 12 years


One of South India's most fascinating hill stations, this is going to be something in the month of June this year in Munnar, Kerala, that will make tourists ' face blossom. Today we're going to talk about a flower that blooms once in 12 years, i.e. Flower of Neelakurinji.

The Neelakurinji Flower is blue and you can see various shades of a blue color.

Neelakurinji Bloom in Munnar Mountain. Nilakuriniji's Scientific Name is Strobilanthes Kunthiana. Around 45 different types of Neelakurinji blooms can be seen in Munnar Hills, South India.

This Neelakurinji bloom turns Munnar's green valley into a beautiful blue valley.

Every 12 years, Kerala's Munnar hills burst into a sea of blue, a rare natural spectacle for which travelers make a beeline. The visitors are welcomed by an endless stretch of rolling hills with tiny blue flowers. It is the time for Neelakurinji, a flower with 40 odd varieties, to blossom in all its grandeur.

Botanists call it the blooming of 'Strobilanthes kunthianus,' Neelakurinji's botanical name. Neela translates into the color blue in local language and Kurinji is the local name for the flower.

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Between the months of August 2018 and October 2018, when the flower blooms in all its glory unleashing a visual extravagance, this stellar phenomenon can be seen. Indeed, there is no better time to visit Munnar than when the Neelakurinji blooms en masse.

The endangered mountain goat, the Nilgiri Tahr, is endemic to these hills. The majestic Tahr ambling down the hills in Neelakurinji makes for an extremely enigmatic sight.

Flooded with travel requests, many tour operators have opened their reservations well in advance. A host of packages are available for travelers now. Furthermore, when the Neelakurinji blooms, tour planners and adventure clubs organize trekking in these hills. This unique plant life cycle makes the hills a must-visit destination for both biologists and nature enthusiasts alike.

Why the Neelakurinji flowers only once in 12 years?

There are annuals and perennials amongst plants. Annual plants complete in one year their life cycle.They grow from seed, bloom, produce seeds and die in a growing season. Perennials live for more than two years, usually flowering every year and setting seeds.

Some perennials bloom only once in their lifetime, set seeds and die. From these seeds are established the next generation of plants and the cycle is repeated. Such plants are known as monocarpic plants, as opposed to polycarpic plants that flower and set seeds many times during their lifetime. Monocarpic plants flower only after maturity. The time taken by different species may differ in this regard.

Bamboos are monocarpal plants that take more than 40 years to mature and flower. Another characteristic of such plants is that they will flower gregariously in a single season. In the case of bamboos and Kurinjis, this happens. The term 'plietesials' is used to refer to these plants. The time taken to mature varies with different Kurinjis species. So different species of Kurinjis have different flowering intervals. Neelakurinji matures in 12 years and flowers gregariously every 12 years.


  • Do not pluck the flowers or plant. They are an endangered endemic species and an integral part of the ecosystem. Any harm to even a single plant will impact the entire region at large.

  • Please understand that the plants will grow only above an altitude of 1500 meters and plucking them in hopes of growing them at home will be in vain.

  • The Kurinji plants are fire resistant and act as a natural protector to the grasslands from forest fires and also check soil erosion so please refrain from harming the plant.

  • If harmed the Kurinji will cease to exist not only denying future generations the sacred experience of witnessing its flowering but also irreparably damage the delicate balance of the environment.

  • The Neelakurinji flowering area is a STRICTLY NO PLASTIC ZONE. Please cooperate.

Do not forget, our Earth is our responsibility.

This view will be the most memorable views for nature lovers and also for the tourist.  Neelakurinji bloom will be the top attraction of Munnar this year.

If you want to see Neelakurinji blooming,then you have to wait for 12 years

If you also love traveling, go to Munnar once. The natural beauty here is like a magic, the cold on the hill, the valley full of greenery, the lake water so shiny as silver, waterfalls and tea-coffee plantations fall from the top with the finest voice. ... You will find something in every part of Munnar that will remain in your memories for a long time. But all tourists going to Munnar wouldn't have seen Neelakurinji blooming because it was once in twelve years.

However, in many other hill stations of South India, even sporadic plant of Nilakurinji is cultivated, but it blossoms only in Munnar.


Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685561

Famous For :

Neelakurinji bloom and Nilgiri Tahr

Neelakurinji blooming Time:

August to October

Neelakurinji Entry Fee:

Online mode and Offline mode (25%). The entry fee has increased this year.

Next Neelakurinji blooming Year:


Previous Neelakurinji blooming Year:


Neelakurinji Flowering year:

Once in 12 years.

Neelakurinji Uses:

It has several Medical uses.


Scenic, Hill Station

Other than  Munnar Neelakurinji also bloom in Kalyanathandu, Parunthumpara, Shevroys in the Eastern Ghats.


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