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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Buy Entry TICKETS Online for MUNNAR Neelakurinji 2018

(image courtesy:jumborooms.com)
'Munnar' hilly region that stretches in the western ghats in God's own country known as the 'Kashmir of the South' is gearing up to witness the rare natural phenomenon that occurs only once in 12 years. It is the en masse blooming of the 'Neelakkurinji' plants that are botanically called as 'Strobilanthes Kunthianus'. Travelers and nature enthusiasts from around the world rush to have an irreplaceable sight of the hills turning into blue and appearing as if they are covered beautifully with violet carpets. Even during every normal year Munnar attracts large number of tourists to enjoy its aromatic atmosphere, tealeaf cladded spectacular green mountains, and energizing climate. 

This time in 2018 the 'Neela kurinji blooming season starts in July and continues till October.

During the previous season in 2006, more than 5 lakhs Indian and international tourists visited Munnar, and the authorities are expecting double the number of travellers this time and are making elaborate arrangements for the safe and smooth conduct of the season. For reducing the long queues before the entry ticket counters and minimizing the troubles, online ticket vending facility through website is being introduced this time. This move will be convenient for the travellers. But the authorities are planning to charge Rs.150 for each online entrance ticket, against the counter ticket that sells at Rs.110. People are wondering why the difference in the price. Actually things or services that are sold online are expected to be cheaper as they require less staff and other facilities like office and furnitures.

The Kerala state forests and wildlife department which is in charge of the Eravikulam National Park, Rajamalai and other hilly sightseeing areas that lie in the forests, collects money for entering their territory and using them to take photos, videos or movies.

Click this website to Book entrance tickets online to Eravikulam National Park / Munnar: 

(Important: Online booking through website is to be done 48 hours prior to actual visiting. Otherwise tickets become invalid.)

Some tips for the travellers:

Entrance timings: 7.30 am to 4.30 pm

Video Camera fees 2018: Rs.300

Still camera fees 2018: Rs.35.

Best locations to watch: Eravikulam National park is the first. Rajamala, Devikulam, Mattupetty, etc are also best spots to see.

This is the golden time for the hotel and resort owners to reap huge profits. As most of them have already started advance booking.

Nearest Railway station to Munnar: Angamaly - 110 kms, 

Ernakulam Railway station - 130 kms.

Nearest Airport: Kochin international airport (Aluva) - 110 kms
                                     
(image courtesy: thehindu.com)

5 comments:

  1. So this sight will be seen next only after 12 years?! Wow this is interesting. Thank you.

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  2. I remember seeing the last few blooms of the last season in Rajamala; a very few (or maybe a variety of the flower) had their lives extended to 2007 and I was very surprised that they lasted that long.

    The season before that, I got to see some in Ooty.

    This is great information for this season. :)

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  3. How beautiful are the creations of God! Let all people strive to protect them.

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  4. Please let me know the best place to see Neelakurinji in priority-I,2,3 like.

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