Nothing can be more mesmerising than a trip to watch the once in a 12-year wonder Neelakurinji. Here are some of the interesting pit stops on the way for those who start from Kochi.
When starting from Kochi head north-east on the Kochi - Panvel Highway. When you reach Hill Palace junction never forget to take a look at the regal edifice – the Hill Palace Museum.
Continue on the Kochi Madurai -Danushkodi Road that gradually merges with the Aluva-Munnar Road. You can pay a visit to the birthplace of Sree Shankaracharya at Kaladi situated close to the River Periyar and the renowned pilgrim centre Malayattoor Church on the way. Kaladi is located 30kms away from Kochi. But it is easy to reach for those who land at the Cochin International Airport since the place is only 4kms away from the airport. And those who arrive by train can get down at Angamali or Aluva, which is very close to Kalady (4 kms and 8 kms respectively).
Continue through Kothamangalam where you can drive to the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary and Bhoothathankettu Dam for a visit. Once you enter Idukki district, after Neriamangalam you can witness the magical Cheeyappara Waterfalls. On the way Pothanmedu Hill Station offers you trekking facilities. Continue through Adimali to reach Munnar then head off to the Kurinji flowering location at Eravikulam.