The Legendary Neelakurinji Blooms!
(October-November 2022)

Yes folks. You heard that right! The long wait is now over!

The hills of Kallippara at Santhanpara in Idukki district are bathed in a dreamy shade of blue. The Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthianus) flowers are in full bloom. It happens only once in every 12 years and is a sight to behold!

In the neighbouring hills of Rajamala in Munnar, the rare blue and purplish hues were last witnessed in 2018. Therefore, the next massive flowering season in Munnar is likely to be in the year 2030.

Here, with pleasure, Kerala Tourism offers you in-depth insights into the 'Neelakurinji Phenomenon' through photographs of the blooming in 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2022, and video clips of the Kurinji and other nearby attractions, the best routes to reach the flowering site at Rajamala, travel writers who share their experiences of having witnessed the flowering in the previous years and also scholarly articles on preserving the endangered Kurinji as well.

Why Neelakurinji flowers only once in 12 years?

How to reach Eravikulam from major destinations


Witness the blooming of Neelakurinji at Munnar this year and gratify the wanderlust in you.

Strobilanthes Varieties

Neelakurinji - 2022

Neelakurinji - 2018

Neelakurinji - 2006

Neelakurinji - 1994

Neelakurinji - 1982

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