Kerala was hit by worst flood in 100 years, but all is not lost in the God’s Own Country.
Flood water is now receding in Kerala. Kochi airport is open and operational now, but the trails of destruction can be seen clearly all over the state. And from a distance, the Munnar hills are appearing to be enveloped in a purple hue. Yes, Neelakurinji in bloom again!
You may recall that Kerala was in the news well before the floods had hit it, owing to Neelakurinji, a rare flower which blooms only once in twelve years. This mysterious flower grows in abundance in Munnar and adjoining hilly areas.
And this is the 12th year and the blooming was expected in August after the first spell of monsoon rains recede. Unfortunately, as Munnar was preparing for its biggest ever tourist season on record ( with 8 lakh expected global tourists), the ill-fated flood hit the state. Rains and landslides cut off Munnar from rest of the state and even Neelakurinji flower, which has already bloomed, started decaying.
But, here comes the good part. Neelakurinji has once again started blooming across Munnar. In the past one week, the flower has been spotted blooming in Rajamala, Top Station, Kanthallur and Vattavada.
The massive flowering of Neelakurinji is also reported in the Marayur area is on the Anjunattampara hills and on Vellimala near the Ollavayal tribal settlement at Kanthallur.
As the weather will eventually improve, the flowers are expected to spread to more places. The floral season is likely to continue till October.
So what are you waiting for? Do not hold yourself back. The main bottleneck the Periyavarai bridge between Munnar and the ENP, that was badly affected, is being repaired and is almost ready for traffic, The Hindu reported.
If you happen to visit Kerala this season, do check out the rock which has surfaced in the Muthirapuzha River at Kochi-Danushkodi bypass bridge, after the water receded. The mysterious rock appears to be in the shape of a human hand, which even has five fingers.