Nature is both the best gift and the worst enemy to humankind. It amazes you with beautiful phenomena like a rainbow, northern lights, stars, flowers, etc but can also ruin things that come in its way by floods, forest fires, earthquakes, etc.
This time in Karnataka’s Kodagu the nature has shown its better side. The Mandalapatti Hills in Karnataka is the site of the bloom of Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. It is called the “flower of love”, and I do not know about you, but I am definitely in love with these flowers.
#Karnataka: For those who love to witness the hills of Coorg (Madikeri) bathed in a dreamy shade of blue, the Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana), a flower which blooms once in 12 years are already giving sight to behold. pic.twitter.com/au0JPNeklv
— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) August 19, 2021
Tourists are coming from all over the country to witness this once in a 12-year phenomenon.
Thumby Aviation Private Limited, a Bangalore-based heli-taxi firm, is charging Rs. 2,30,000 to take tourists to this marvelous site. Now, everyone cannot afford such a trip so if you are one of them, we won’t let you have FOMO.
Here are a few beautiful pictures of the bloom that will make you fall in love with these flowers:
“To my knowledge, it is for the first time this year that we’ve seen these flowers spread fully across both hillocks. Usually, it is only visible in some parts of these hills,” A T Poovaiah, the Madikeri Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) said.
These flowers grow at an altitude of 1,300 to 2,400 meters. The shrub is usually 30 to 60 cm high. The plant also has medicinal uses, according to experts.
Kerala’s Munnar is another site where these flowers bloom. It last happened in 2018, 12 years after 2016.
Wasn’t that a visual treat? The pictures of hills adorned with these bluish-purple flowers are all we needed to ease our mid-week crises.
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