Worth the wait.
After a long wait (12 years to be precise!) visitors to Munnar will be welcomed by endless stretches hills carpeted with blue Neelakurinji flowers. The best time to witness this phenomenon is between the months of July 2018 and October 2018, when the flower blooms in all its glory giving a breathtaking sight that won’t be forgotten. In fact, there is no better time to visit Munnar than when the Neelakurinji blooms en masse.
The Nilgiri Tahr is another interesting aspect of nature in Munnar. An endangered mountain goat, which is endemic to these hills. The majestic mountain goat ambling down the hills that are swathed with Neelakurinji makes for an extremely enigmatic sight.
Eravikulam National Park (where the Nilgiri Tahr has its habitat) is the preferred place to see the blooming of Neelakurinji.
We have put together 3 treks where you can see the Neelakurinji flowers along with an off- beat experience of trekking through the forest area.
Neelakurinji Nature Treks
Two treks inside Eravikulam National Park itself –
*Iracchilpara Waterfall Trek (2 to 3 hours)
*Anamudi Base Trek (not Anamudi peak) – 3 to 4 hours
Choondal trek- Mathikettan Shola National Park – 3 to 4 hours
All tickets are subject to availability, and is subject to announcements from the Kerala Forest Department.
Dos and Don’ts while on the Neelakurinji Trek:
• Kindly avoid perfumes and any cosmetics with sweet flavours.
• These treks are not recommended for people allergic to honey bees and pollen.
• Crowd and traffic is to be expected as this is a rare sight, however once on the trek the vastness of the landscape will out number the spectators.
• We suggest you wear cloths made of cotton, long pants,carry rain and sun protection caps, full sleeved shirts, good shoes and longs socks.
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