Looking for a ride to the Neelakurinji hill? KSRTC announces new service to Kallippara

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana) has bloomed widely in the Kallippara hills
Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana) has bloomed widely in the Kallippara hills known as Engineer Heights (Mett) which is one-and-a-half kilometers away from Kallippara in Santhanpara. Photo: Jimmy Kamballur

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has announced a new service to Kallippara in Idukki district of Kerala where the Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) flower has bloomed. The stunning purple flowers are now attracting a large number of travellers and photographers to Kallippara, a hilly region which is part of the Western Ghats in Santhanpara panchayat.

The bus will be operated from the Munnar depot of the KSRTC, starting its service at 9 am. From Munnar, the bus will reach Kallipara by 1 pm, taking the Anayirankal route. Passengers can spend two hours enjoying the sight of the purple blossoms covering the hills. The return trip is scheduled to depart from Kallippara at 3 pm and arrive at Munnar depot by 6 pm. The ticket rate is Rs 300.

Hundreds of tourists are flocking to the Kallippara Hills in Idukki to witness the blossoming Neelakurinji flowers that have turned the green patches into a purple paradise. Photo: Jimmy Kamballur

“The service will be launched as soon as travellers arrive,” said a KSRTC official in Munnar.

The enquiry number at Munnar depot is 04865-230201

Bus from Kothamangalam

KSRTC already conducts a service to Kallippara from its Kothamangalam depot. This bus takes the Adimali, Ponmudi, Chathurangapara and Sri Narayanapuram route to reach Santhanpara and Kallippara areas, where Neelakurinji has bloomed. For booking seats on this trip, contact phone numbers 9446929036, 04865-230201, 9446929036 or 9447331036.  

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