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Lower than expected, nearly 1.20 lakh tourists reached Eravikulam National Park to witness the Neelakurinji bloom from September 1- October 28.
Last week, the tour packages to Munnar were cancelled after a heavy rain alert was issued by IMD in Idukki district.
Traffic on the Kumily-Munnar route near Chakkupallam and on the Kumily-Kattappana route near Attappallam was disrupted after earth and boulders fell on the road.
It was on Tuesday that Rajendran, along with party activists, encroached into the office and tried to forcibly accommodate the students of Government Arts College, Munnar, there.
Blooming every 12 years, Neelakurinji attracted over 628,427 tourists to Munnar in 2017 - an increase of 34.31 percent as compared to 467,881 vacationers in 2016.
Farmers in Vellathooval, a quaint village in the suburbs of Munnar, were hoping for good yield after two consecutive years of deficit rain.
Driving through the winding ghat road from Neriamangalam to Munnar, tonnes of earth and trees sent tumbling down by a series of landslips welcome the odd visitor to the hill station.
Following the flood, there were several cancellations of tourist bookings to Munnar to witness the flowering of the neelakurinji.
The rain has stopped and another blue that is taking over the hills of Munnar.
The spell of torrential rain, raging floods and devastation unleashed by the landslides have indeed come as a warning for Kerala.
The bridge at Periyavarai connecting Munnar with Rajamala Marayur was damaged in the floods.
According to the estimate of the Idukki district administration, Idukki witnessed around 325-350 landslides during this monsoon, and Munnar was one of the worst affected regions.
Though an exact figure of the overall loss incurred to Munnar is unavailable at this point, its nothing less than 750 crores, said experts.
In an indirect criticism against the government, V S Achuthanandan called for introspection and hinted at policy level lapses behind the disaster.
At long last, Neelakurinji (strobilanthes kunthiana) bloomed in Munnar after 12 years. However, none is there to enjoy its fascinating glamour.