Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. The Neelakurinji, will bloom next in 2018. From the High Ranges to the Sahyadhri Mountains, different varieties of the Kurinji flourish in valleys, in slopes and in gorges, most of the varieties are blue, tjere are some yellow varieties too. The bloosming of the Neelakurinji in Munnar has changed the hills around this popular tourist destination into a blue carpet bed of flowers. It is due to these flowers, that the hills around Munnar are referred to as the Nilgiri Hills.