Timings : 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : Entry Ticket: INR 100
Area : 59 Acres
Best time to visit : October to May
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Berijam Lake is a quaint reservoir located 22 km from Kodaikanal main stand. With several activities like fishing, safari tours and bird watching, the lake is nature's unhindered beauty in the midst of a forest conservation area. The lake also facilitates the habitat of many animals such as Bison, Indian Elephant, Nilgiri Langur and Deer, and if you're lucky, you will also be able to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. Boating has been banned in the lake to preserve the natural freshwater.
Sprawled over a vast area of 59 acres, the calm waters of the Berijam Lake is so pure that it serves as the main source of potable water for Periyakulam - a small town in the valley that lies below Kodaikanal. It is at the old site of Fort Hamilton and is situated in the upper Palani hills, overlooking the surrounding landscape. Berijam Lake was formed as the result of the construction of a dam with sluice outlets and is part of a micro-watershed development project. It is surrounded by acacia and pine trees which are so pristine that it has a haunting quality.
Essential Information to Visit the Lake : Visitor Facility: The Lake has several facilities for visitors such as birdwatching points, jeep safari and tours to the dam site.
Parking Facility: Only 20 vehicles are allowed at a time, the rest of the vehicles can park near the main road. You need to reach before 8:30 AM to get parking facility
How to Reach from Kodaikanal Bus Stand: You can get several taxis and auto rikshaws from the stand
Cab Charges from the Market bus stand: INR 200
Tips: Beware of Monkeys at the lake as they tend to snatch food and bags. If you're coming in a group keep a list of visitors ready. The fog starts to cover the lake after 1:00 PM, so make sure that you reach early in the morning.