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Neelanurinkji flowers bloom in Idukki’s Shantanpara Shalom Hills after 12 years


This time over 10 acres of Neelakurinji flowers have lined the Shalomkunnu. However, these hills usually are not open for vacationers this time as a result of COVID-19.

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PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2021 07:11 PM IST

Idukki’s Shalomkunnu (Shalom hills ) beneath the Santhanpara Panchayat are blossoming with the blue Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms as soon as each 12 years.

Strobilanthes Kunthiana, referred to as Neelakurinji and Kurinji in Malayalam and Tamil, is a shrub that’s discovered within the Shola forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Nilgiris Hills, which implies “blue mountains”, acquired its identify from these Neelankurinji flowers.

This time over 10 acres of Neelakurinji flowers have lined the Shalomkunnu. However, these hills usually are not open for vacationers this time as a result of COVID-19.

“This time owing to Covid, tourists are not allowed to visit the hills. The flowering of Neelakurinji known as Strobilanthes Kunthiana is special for people in Idukki. But along with it, efforts must be taken to conserve such rich biodiversity,” stated Binu Paul, a local who research keenly on the biodiversity of Idukki.

The full blossoming of those flowers after 12 lengthy years comes after remoted flowering was reported final 12 months from Anakara Mettu Hills of the Western Ghats bordering Tamil Nadu, Puttady close to Thondimala and the border village of Shantanpura Gram Panchayat.

Isolated flowering occurs in numerous areas within the western ghats throughout completely different seasons.

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