The Changing Face of Neelakurinji: Tourism in India [New Perspectives]
Tourism is an important sector of the Indian economy. It has the potential to create jobs, provide opportunities for growth, and contribute to the country’s GDP. The tourism industry in India has seen a huge transformation over the last few years with more than 100 million international tourist arrivals in 2017 alone. One such change is that of neelakurinji tourism in India.
Neelakurinji flowers bloom found only on a small stretch of land along the Western Ghats range in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. Its scientific name is strobilanthes kunthiana. and it belongs to the Acanthaceae family. In recent years, this rare event has drawn a lot of attention from around the world as well as inside India. The state government of Kerala made efforts to promote neelakurinji.
It is a part of the Western Ghats. The hills are situated at an altitude of 1000 m above sea level and they have an area of about 50 square km. The Kurinjimalai hill is also located in this region which is near the neelakurunji hill.
This hill has been declared a wildlife sanctuary by the Government of India in order to protect its biodiversity and forest cover.
Neelakurinji flowers bloom time
Neelakurinji is a rare, beautiful flowering plant that only blooms once in 12 years. The flowers of this plant are an explosion of deep red, violet, and orange. Neelakurinji is also a symbol of good luck in Hinduism as well as among the people indigenous to Kerala.
The plant requires specific conditions to bloom, like heavy rainfall and high humidity.
It can grow up to 1 meter tall and has a hairy stem with green leaves.
The reason for the blooming of Neelakurunji flowers is only once in 12 years
Certain perennial flowers set seeds only once in their lifetime and die. From these seeds, the next generation of plants establishes and this cycle is repeated. Neelakurunji is such a monocarpic plant. Monocarpic plants flower only after attaining maturity. Neelakurunji matures in 12 years’ time and flowering once in twelve years.
Culture of Neelakurinji Flowers in Tamil Nadu
The neelakurinji is a flowering plant, which grows in the Western Ghats of India. It is a part of folklore and culture in Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated with music, dance, and poetry during the season of its blooming. The word “neelakurinji” means blue or black kurinji flower.
The neelakurinji flowers are also called “kodiyal” in Tamil. There are many legends that are associated with this flower and they vary from region to region. In some parts of Tamil Nadu, it is believed that if you offer neelakurinjis to God Shiva, he will grant you your wish.
In other legends, it is said that if you offer neelakurinjis to Goddess Parvati she will be pleased and bless you with good luck and prosperity.
Neelakurunji in Munnar
Neelakurunji we can also see in Munnar in Kerala gods own country. Kerala, India’s spice capital changes its color from green to blue this year. In the valley, mountain, and slope of the Munnar the neelakurunji flowers came back after a long twelve years. the nectar collected in mooner during neelakurunji season is very special and honey from the neelakurunji flowers has medicinal properties.
Neelakurinji in Chikkamagaluru
This Neelakurinji is bloomed in the dry and hot region of Chikkamagaluru, and more specifically at the base of a hill…At the foot of the hills in Chikkamagaluru, there are many plants that can be seen blooming like Neelakurinji, including bushes and wildflowers. There are also rare purple “Euphorbia” flowers spotted here and there on the ground. This is because this region experiences a dry climate with temperature variations from 40ºC to 45ºC in summer, and from 10°C to 15°C in winter.
A number of people are walking about to catch the first glimpse of this very rare phenomenon
Earlier, it was suggested that this bloom could be the result of climate change due to the vulnerability to rising temperatures, In Kodagu this summer brought a special, etc., not least by those who are awaiting Neelakurinji’s return hoping that it might reverse global warming.
Neelakkurinji in Kodagu.
In kodaku neelakkurinji flowers we can see Mandalpatti Hills. This entire region is blessed with natural beauty. Kote Betta and Kumara parvatha are two hills abundant with kurinji flowers for a few days. For seeing this amazing beauty people from different parts of the country reached Mandalpatti Hills.
Neelakurinji flowers will give a blue mountain site. Finally a long wait of 12 years we saw it. Neelakkurinji flowers can be seen spread vast over stretched mountains. For seeing the nest blooming we have to wait for another 12 years. So it is better to witness it now.