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Kurinji Paints the Anamalais 2014: A Photo Essay

Nila Kurinji blossoms on Munnar mountains near Lockheart Gap beneath Chakra Mudi

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 on the grasslands of Munnar near Lockheart Gap near Chakra Mudi. Sept 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.

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.

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 history.

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 near Lockheart Gap on Munnar - Bodhi Nayakanur 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

 

Kurinji Comes Down the Hill!

Neela Kurinji in Santhan ParaKurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana) which is part of South Indian culture and ecology from atleast the Sangham age is blossoming yet again in the Ghats. This time it is near Santhan Para in Udumban Chola taluk in Idukki district.

Those who have missed this lifetime spectacle (that rarely happens once in twelve years) in 2006 can experience this magic of nature now! Check out the image of the purplish grassland posted.

This time there are two blooming locations. Santhan Para and Kzhuthakkulam Medu near Sankappan Para (7 km south of Santhan Para on the Kumaly highway).

In Santhan Para flowers have started withering away due to bad wind. But visitors can enjoy the large scale blooming at Kazhuthakkulam Medu, which will certainly sustain for another month or so.

Santhan Para is 35 km from Munnar through Devikulam route; and around 40 km from Kattappana through Nedum Kandam.

Let us make this an opportunity for launching a popular campaign to declare these areas as a buffer zone for the Kurinji Mala Sanctury that is yet to materialize! Let us hope for the best and believe in the future.