Rare Kurinji flowers bloom in Kerala hills

The Neelakurinji flowers (Phelobophyllum Kunthanum) have picturesquely carpeted the entire hillside turning parts of the hills reddish blue. Munnar in Idukki district is known as the tea country of Kerala.

The flowers would be in bloom for the next two-and-a-half months and cover 250 acres.
When these flowers bloom, swarms of bees appear and the honey produced is the sweetest. The last time the flowers were in bloom was 1994.

Munnar borders Tamil Nadu, and these flowers also bloom in a few areas near the Kodaikanal hill station in that state.

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