Neelakurinji, Western Ghats
Flowers of neelakurinji in Munnar
Neelakurinji
Damage

The last few decades witnessed impairment to the habitat of Neelakurinji. Plantations of tea, cardamom and timber devastated stupendous range of pristine forests home to this rare bush. Vast stretches of virgin rain forests got drowned by some Hydro-electric projects. Tea plantations engorged the most of kurinji filled hills. Now the kurinji thrives in the valleys and gorges that remain undistorted.

Another anthropogenic threat witnessed this year is the indiscriminate collection and destruction of bushes and stocks of Neelakurinji by some unaware and unruly visitors. This is particularly noticeable in some of the Nilakurinji habitats around Ooty in the Nilgiris.  In the last week of September many tourist were observed to make rampant inside Neelakurinji thickets at Kodanadu in Kotagiri. They were also found to collect bunches of these flowers.

In addition to habitant destruction, such impudent activities may well prove serious threats to this long term survival of this important member of the biodiversity of these mountains.


Support

In support of the endeavors to save Kurinji the postal department has released a Rs.15/- postal stamp on the Neelakurinji at Udhagamandalam on 29th may 2006.

The Kurinji's campaigners conduct and annual trip from Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu ) to Munnar ( Kerala ) to proclaim their demand to declare the 95sq.km expanse between Kodaikanal and Munnar, at a heigh of 1,600m, as a Kurinji sanctuary.


Neelakurinji Postal Stamp
The Kozhikode Philately Bureau has brought out a special postal pack `Bouquet of Western Ghats' in connection with the release of the postal stamp. The pack contains the depiction of the postal stamp on the Neelakurinji and picture post card of the stamp. This will be a valued souvenir for the tourists.
 

The departments of Tourism, Forests and Wildlife and other departments of Kerala Government jointly organized  ‘Neelakkurinji Festival 2006’ from 7th October to 9th October 2006.   The programme for the Fest was as given below.

Day 1 - 07.10.2006

Inaugural Function
Public Rally
School Bands
Local Traditional Arts Display

04:30 PM 
Public Meeting
Release of various products of Forest Development Agency
Inauguration of Photo Exhibition
Inauguration of Food Stalls
Inauguration of Traditional Trade Fair

07:00 PM 
Cultural Programmes

Day 2 - 08.10.2006 

Photo Exhibition continued
Food Fair and Trade Fair continued

10:00 AM 
Seminar on ‘Conservation strategies of Neelakkurinji with Tourism as local point’

06:00 PM 
Cultural Programmes

Day 3 - 09.10.2006 


Photo Exhibition continued
Food Fair and Trade Fair continued

10:00 AM 
Poetic exposition of Neelakkurinji

02:00 PM 
Neelakkurinji poster competition

06:00 PM 
Cultural Programmes


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