The amazing sight of the Indian flower that blooms every 12 years

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There are still a few days to admire the spectacular blue carpet that covers the slopes of the Ghati mountains, in the South of India.

Then you have to wait 12 years: because the flower Kurinji or Neelakurinji that covers them only blooms once every 12 years, from August to October, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists.

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Neelakurinji in the local language means blue flower (Neela) (Kurinji). This tiny mountain flower shaped like a bright bluebell is a rare flower that does not grow anywhere else: only in the Indian state of Kerala on the border with Tamil Nadu.

There are different varieties of this flower, some have a flowering cycle of fewer than 7 years, but the most famous reach the 12 years.

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The Kurinji flower grows above all on the slopes where there is little flora and in the absence of trees. It is a flower with a tall stem, which can reach 30-60 cm, and when it blooms the whole bush is covered with bright blue flowers.

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The Kurinji are the flowers of the god Murugan, the youngest son of the god Shiva. Tradition has it that Murugan married Valli, a wood nymph, weaving a wreath of Kurinji flowers around his neck. Since then the Kurinji flower has become a symbol of love and romance. In the Paliya tribe, the age of the people is calculated with the number of Neelakurinji blooms that they saw.

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Even this flower is struggling for its survival: the blue carpets are shrinking due to climate changes and crops.

Have you missed the 2018 blossom? See you (probably) in 2030, then!

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