Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru Turns Into A Purple Paradise As Rare Neelakurinji Flowers Bloom

The green patches of the Chikkamagaluru hill station have changed into shades of purple and blue as the rare Neelakurinji flowers bloomed all around the hill station. The flowers are said to bloom once every 12 years, completely transforming this region of the western ghats into a ‘Purple Paradise’. 

Chikkamagaluru is witnessing a massive tourist influx owing to the blooming of the Neelakurinji flowers and social media posts seem to be flooded with pictures of purple-covered hill slopes. Thousands of people have made their way to Seethalayana Giri, Mullayanagiri, and Babaudangiri in the Chandradrona Hills to catch a glimpse of these rare purple flowers. Neelakurinji is a shrub found in the Western Ghats, especially around the Nilgiri Hills. These flowers have been seen previously in Munnar in Kerala and Ooty in Tamil Nadu. 

A retired professor of Botany and taxonomist from Dharwad, R. Parimala visited the hill station to study the flowers. According to him, it is for the first time that these flowers have bloomed in such a vast expanse in Karnataka. He further added that the area should be guarded and visitors should be educated about the flowers and their properties. Even the BJP Minister, Shobha Karandlaje took to social media and urged tourists to visit Chikkamagaluru, “Neelakurinji, an exceptional variety of flowers, are native to the Western Ghats and blossom once every 12 years. The imposing terrains of Mullayanagiri in Chikmagalur have turned into a habitat for the purplish-blue flowers. Visit Chikkamagaluru for a spellbinding experience. (Sic)”