Shantanpara Shalom hills bloom with Neelanurinkji flowers after 12 years

Shalom hills in Kerala, under the Santhanpara Panchayat, are blossoming with the blue Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom once every 12 years.

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If you are a traveler and love to explore nature, then here is a piece of good news that Idukki's Shalomkunnu (Shalom hills) under the Santhanpara Panchayat is blossoming with the blue Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom once every 12 years. The hills are not open for tourists due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Reportedly, a native person who studies the biodiversity of Idukki asks to conserve such rich biodiversity as the flowering of Neelakurinji, also known as Strobilanthes Kunthiana, which is a special flower for people in Idukki.

The official website of the Kerala Tourism Department said, "Neelakurinji, one is transported to a different dimension altogether. One can view the shorter variation (about 2 ft.) at higher spots and longer variations (about 5 to 10 ft.) are seen at lower spots. Specialized tours of this rare phenomenon are available during this time period around the area and treks are organized to view this masterpiece of nature. It is like a secret glimpse into heaven, allowed only once every 12 years," in a section of their website.