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Neelakurinji: When the Hills Bloom Once in 12 Years

India | News18 | November 23, 2017, 7:47 pm
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 The rolling hills across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala come alive once in twelve years. Neelakurinji flowers bloom and the hills look like a sea of purple flowers. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

The rolling hills across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala come alive once in twelve years. Neelakurinji flowers bloom and the hills look like a sea of purple flowers. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 This precious flower, Neelakurinji, blooms only once in twelve years. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

This precious flower, Neelakurinji, blooms only once in twelve years. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 The Nilgiri Hills, which means the Blue Mountains, (bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka) got their names from Neelakurinji flowers. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

The Nilgiri Hills, which means the Blue Mountains, (bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka) got their names from Neelakurinji flowers. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 Neelakurinji is mentioned in Tamil poems dating back more than 2000 years. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

Neelakurinji is mentioned in Tamil poems dating back more than 2000 years. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 The honey found in these parts are definitely from the bees that feed on its nectar. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

The honey found in these parts are definitely from the bees that feed on its nectar. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 It blooms mainly in Nilgiris, Munnar in Kerala and Western Ghats of Karnataka. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

It blooms mainly in Nilgiris, Munnar in Kerala and Western Ghats of Karnataka. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 It has already bloomed at Sandur hills in Bellary district of Karnataka. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

It has already bloomed at Sandur hills in Bellary district of Karnataka. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 About 46 varieties of this purple flower have been found in India. They are also found in blue, green and red colours. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

About 46 varieties of this purple flower have been found in India. They are also found in blue, green and red colours. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

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 The season has already begun and one can see them until next winter. There are over 240 varieties in the World. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)

The season has already begun and one can see them until next winter. There are over 240 varieties in the World. (Image: Diwakara Reddy)