While I was walking up the hill amongst the fizzed and misty fog filled paths of the national park spectating the Neelakurinji’s in blotches, I came across a small and short hoarding which read, “May be once in a blue moon, but it blooms”. It kind of made you understand the reason enough to pay importance to its presence right now and also why it needs to be taken care of. It’s true to its sense, the habitat and natural resources are to be preserved where it is still available in abundance before it fades away to oblivion. Just a bit self-consciousness is enough to preserve the great faunas India feels pride of. The country is blessed with rich presence of greenery and diverse geographical landmarks, be it the phenomenal Himalayan ranges, Sanctuaries, Western Ghats, Eastern India hills and many more small but significant places of importance.
This time I visited one of them named Eravikulam National Park located along the Western Ghats in Idukki district of Munnar in Kerala. The park was established in 1978 and is the First National Park of Kerala located at Devikulam Taluk of Iddukki district. Prime focus for the tour was to witness the blooming of The Neelakurjnji. The Shrub which blooms once in twelve years is a matter of utmost significance and thereby would gain the spotlight from travelers and tourists all across the country and abroad this year.
The flower is not only limited to Munnar, it is also widely spread during this season in Kodaikanal, Koviloor and various other parts of the Nilgiri and Palani hills
I and my travel folks decided to visit Munnar from Bangalore for a 2N/3D trip to Munnar. We started off on a Thursday night and reached Munnar by Friday morning. The itinerary was to spend the entire Friday exploring nearby spots of Munnar and surrender Saturday to Neelakurinji’s beauty. Sunday half of it would go away nagging about the work schedules of Monday at our desk and start off by evening towards Bangalore and reach our respective home by Monday early morning.
Day 1- Friday:
It took us approx. 12 hours to reach from Bangalore to Munnar. Around 9.30 AM, I woke up to a serene weather gently scuffing my way out of the bus and the morning breather was a fresh cuddle. The bus stop was a small structure with only ours at halt. Our hotel booking was pre planned at the “Spice Jungle” under the parenting of MAAT resorts. The resort is at Pallivasal which is 30-40 minutes’ drive from the place we disembarked. We booked 2 rooms for a group of 5 which cost us 4200/- approx. at a discounted rate for 2 nights. Can’t complain the bargain we got. We checked in by 12 noon inside a pretty composed room. The environment was out of the world. I was now standing at a 500 M descended height from the main road which is located amongst a surrounding of gigantic trees, chirping of the birds, and melancholic sound of the flowing stream. The start was beautiful. Witnessing the hills range just when you step out of your room is the reason I long for hills all the time. Hills presents variety and changes its course of view at alternate hours. The staff at the resort were helpful to explain us the places of visit and helped us plan a constructive trip so that we don’t miss good things of Munnar and can accommodate the primary reason of our visit successfully.