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Friday, September 29, 2006

Once in a blue-ish bloom



Once every 12 years the delicate blooms of the rare Kurunji plant flaunt their flair on the high hills of Munnar in Kerela. The slopes become carpeted with a blue-ish tint, and crowds ascend the heights to bear witness to the rarity.
Arriving into Kerela my timing was unplanned, but perfect, so I decided to take a detour to east to have a chance to see the blooms. True, they were very special, but so too the amazing views surrounding the hill station of Munnar, as thick lush forest winds its way into tea plantations, their verdant green adding a brightness, order and clarity to the rolling hills. The air too was crisp and cool, making a welcome break from the heat and humidity of the lowlands. My lungs feel new again, and the detour has given me fuel to motor on.
Onwards.

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