Kurinji Paints the Anamalais 2014: A Photo Essay
// October 17th, 2014 // Culture and Ecology, Eco Watch
Neela Kurinji (Strobilantus Kuntianus) blossoms on Munnar mountains near Lockheart Gap at the base of Chakra Mudi overlooking the Bodhi Medu towards east. Early September 2014
Color Purple and waving lilac wash on the grasslands of Munnar near Lockheart Gap near Chakra Mudi overlooking the Bodhi mountains in the east. Kurinji has inspired Sangham or Chankam poetry and ancient Tamil Pun Ragas like Kurinji and Nattai Kurinji. Sept 2014.
Riding to the Anamalais to see the Kurinji bloom by the Gap road on Munnar – Bodhi Medu road. Sept 2014
Youth from the plains amidst the sea of Kurinji colors near Lockheart Gap, Munnar. Sept 2014. Anamalais were home to numerous monasteries and Buddhist Viharas or Pallys till early middle ages. Ana or elephant is a key Buddhist cultural icon of conservation and amity.
Gap road connecting Munnar with Bodhi Medu and Bodhi Nayakanur in Tamil country. Kurinji invokes the present and past in south Indian cultural and natural history; a view from a high vantage by the Cochin-Madurai National Highway.
Before the mist-caped Chokramudi or Chakra Mudi the second highest peak in the Anamalais after Ana Mudi, near Lockheart Gap on Munnar – Bodhi Nayakanur highway around 2000 m above sea level. Early Sept 2014. Photo: Muzafir Manjeri