Kurinji is a unique, small purple blue flower, which blooms once in 12 years. It is found in Ooty
in the Nilgiris
in the Palani
in the Shevaroy hills and Munnar
in the Western Ghats
It is believed that Nilgiris, literally the Blue Mountains, got its name from these blue flowers. From the 200 species of Kurinji family, about 30 species are found in South India alone.
This flower finds mention in Tamil literature and tribal lore. The Todas, oldest hill tribe of Tamil Nadu, calculate their age with the blooming of the flower.
The season of the bloom is very short often from September to November. It is popularly known as Neelakurinji.