New bridge connecting Munnar and Marayoor is ready
The floods in Kerala had washed away the Periyavara bridge on the Munnar – Marayoor route, there by stopping all kinds of transportation between the two places. The bridge connecting tourists to Rajamal tourists zone and the Eravikulam nation park was the only access for the tourists to reach Rajamala to watch the mass blooming of Neelakurinji. The new temporary bridge is expected to be ready in two days’ time.
Eravikulam National Park reported the blooming of Neelakurinji, the flower which blooms once in 12 years, last week. A huge inflow of tourists is expected in the area in the coming weeks.
The bridge will be opened to traffic soon, and for the time being only single-line of traffic will be allowed on the bridge. With the new bridge, being built parallel to the destroyed Periyavara bridge, all routes in Munnar will be operational.
Once the bridge is completed, the traffic between the Munnar and Udumalpet route will also be restored. Since the bridge is destroyed, almost 7 tea estates are also reported to be inaccessible.
Tourists and locals have been depending on two old electric posts to cross the place since the bridge has been destroyed a couple of weeks back.