Balsams in full bloom add to the visual treat in Munnar

Balsams in full bloom add to the visual treat in Munnar

Balsams in full bloom add to the visual treat in Munnar


Balsams (genus Impatiens) are in full bloom in Munnar, providing visitors with a visual feast. The Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway’s Devikulam section is home to the little, pink flowers known locally as Kasithumba and Onappovu.

Munnar’s Balsams are in Full Bloom

  • Tourists can enjoy a visual treat at Munnar right now as balsams, members of the Impatiens genus, are in full bloom.
  • These tiny, pink blossoms, which are also known locally as Kasithumba and Onappovu, are a popular sight along the Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway’s Devikulam section.

‘Touch-Me-Not’ Phenomenon

  • Due to its distinctive trait of bursting open when its seeds mature and dispersing seeds, balsams are also known as “touch-me-not.”

Balsams as Climate Indicators

  • According to botanists, Munnar’s extensive balsam flowering demonstrates the persistence of a favourable microclimate in the area.
  • As a result of these plants’ ability to adapt to changing climatic conditions, they are crucial indicator species for climate change.

Indian Balsam Species

  • There are 220 different species of balsam in India, and the southern Western Ghats region is home to an amazing 135 of them.

Idukki – A Balsam Paradise

  • The district of Idukki is well known for the variety of balsam it contains, earning it the moniker “balsam paradise.”
  • Wild balsams can be found in great variety in high mountain ranges like Anamudi in the Western Ghats and their surroundings.

Discovering New Balsam Species

  • These high-altitude regions frequently see the discovery of new balsam species, including those native to the high ranges.
  • Within the Periyar Tiger Reserve alone, there are more than 30 different species of balsams.

Habitat and the Cycle of Life

  • Balsams often grow in isolated patches of woodland and like moist environments.
  • The rainy season, which runs from June to December, coincides with their typical life cycle.

Efforts at conservation

  • Many balsam species have become rare, endangered, or extinct as a result of habitat degradation.
  • Balsams are actively protected in forested regions by the Forest Department.

Balsams in Munnar Landscape

  • 46 different species of balsam have been documented in the Munnar region, from Munnar to Chinnar and Bison Valley.
  • With more than 40 different wild species of balsams present in the Eravikulam National Park, this area is acknowledged as a significant habitat for them.

Unparalleled Balsam diversity 

  • Munnar is a unique global hotspot for balsam variety, with an astounding diversity of 46 kinds of balsams in the area.