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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.
To add to the agony, some mischief makers posted file pictures of fully-bloomed kurinji flowers on social media, saying they were current photos.
Last week, the tour packages to Munnar were cancelled after a heavy rain alert was issued by IMD in Idukki district.
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.
Following the flood, there were several cancellations of tourist bookings to Munnar to witness the flowering of the neelakurinji.
The bridge at Periyavarai connecting Munnar with Rajamala Marayur was damaged in the floods.
However, the Kurinji has chosen its spot in parts of Kodagu district, which had unusual rainfall and landslides this year.
Though an exact figure of the overall loss incurred to Munnar is unavailable at this point, its nothing less than 750 crores, said experts.
Around 11 lakh people were affected by the flood in Idukki and 34,000 people sought shelter in the relief camps.
At long last, Neelakurinji (strobilanthes kunthiana) bloomed in Munnar after 12 years. However, none is there to enjoy its fascinating glamour.
Munnar town gets flooded after the opening of Mattupetty dam’s shutters.
A couple of weeks ago, the district administration had convened a meeting of various stakeholders to arrange facilities for tourists.
The blue blossoms can be widely found on the slopes of the Pambar Forest, a 30 minute trek from the Tamara Kodai through the dense rainbow forest.
Online booking had started a month ago anticipating Neelakurinji would blossom by mid-July. Now it is expected only by this month end. The mass blooming will take place a month after that.
The Kerala Tourism Department launched a microsite on the blossoming of Neelakurinji which happens once in 12 years at Munnar on the Western Ghats.