Every twelve years, the hills of Munnar in Kerala burst into a sea of blue, a rare natural spectacle for which travelers make a beeline for. This monumental event is the Blooming of the Neelakurinji Flower, which appears once every 12 years here in Munnar.
Neelakurinji or ‘Strobilantheskunthianum’ blooms in 40 or so varieties, a majority of them being blue in color. ‘Neela’ literally translates to ‘blue’ and kurinji is the name given to it by the tribal’s of the area. Last seen in 2006, the time for viewing them begins in August and lasts up to October. In Munnar, one can view this great sight from Kovilur, Kadavari, Rajamala and Eravikulam National Park. Eravikulam is incidentally home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, hosting a majority of the remaining population of the species. Botanists and nature lovers alike mark their calendars in anticipation of this event. Standing amidst the Neelakurinji, one is transported to a different dimension altogether. One can view the shorter variation (about 2 ft.) at higher spots and longer variations (about 5 to 10 ft.) are seen at lower spots.
Specialized tours of this rare phenomenon are available during this time period around the area and treks are organized to view this masterpiece of nature.
Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey Houseboat
Garden Cottage (Non-AC)
Royal Rivers Private Houseboat
Pick up from Cochin Airport/Station –Meet our driver cum your Tour Guide & directly proceed on fascinating journey to Munnar (an idyllic tourised destination in Kerala) enjoying the stunning panoramic view of the green Carpets of tea plantation en-route. Its unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys & Mountains, the aroma of spice scented cool air, exotic species of flora & fauna in its wildlife sanctuaries & forests. It’s the place you would love to visit and never wish to leave. En-route enjoy the Cheeyapara waterfalls & Valara Waterfalls. On arrival, check-in in at Hotel/Resort & Spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying with the mist & clouds.
Stay At Munnar (Hill Station).
After an early morning breakfast move towards Munnar local sightseeing visiting Eravikulam National Park famous & get ready to witness the most amazing phenomenon in lifetime of Neelakurinji Blooming while trekking the mountains & also see Nilgiry Thar & also south India’s highest peak “Anamudi” & thereafter visit Rose Garden. Post Lunch enjoy random clicks at Munnar Photo Point, Enjoy beauty of Mattupetty Dam, Be screaming crazy at Eco Point & Get in love with Tea Plantations. Evening spend time in local Munnar market enjoying Shopping. Rest of the day at leisure.
Stay At Munnar (Hill Station).
After an early breakfast, check out from the Munnar hotel & proceed to Thekkady which is also famously called Periyar. En-route visit the Spice Garden for a short journey into the spice life of Kerala & thereafter go on adventure ride with Elephant Safari. Checks in at Resort & after fresh up go on an evening game viewing cruise on the Periyar Lake at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Other attraction includes Jeep Safari, Kathakali Show, Martial Arts Show, Ayurvedic Message & last but not the least Local Shopping. Rest of the day at leisure.
Stay At Thekkady (Hill Station).
After Breakfast drive down to Alleppey- With large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet “Venice of the East”. Famous for its Backwaters & Houseboat which you can’t find anywhere else in the world. A glide in a Houseboat through the enchanting backwater is sure to rob your Mind & Heart. Check in at Houseboat & experience the life beyond this world along the backwater while cursing in Houseboat Evening enjoy the sunset from the backwater which is itself gone be a mesmerizing moment. Rest of the day at leisure.
Stay At Alleppey Houseboat (Backwaters).
As its said “All good things must come to an end” so as our tour. After Breakfast, Proceed towards your onwards Journey to Cochin Airport/Station-If time permits can offer other Cochin local sightseeing – Depart as per schedule with Happy Memories & with a hope to see you back soon.
! Wishing you a Happy & Safe Journey !