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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, Kodaikanal Overview

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.

Must Know Before You Visit Berijam Lake

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.

Berijam Lake Highlights

1. Picnic and Wildlife Sighting

Berijam Lake is a flourishing ecological hotspot that hosts many species of animals, birds, plants and fish. Rich in its flora and fauna, the Berijam Lake is a popular picnic spot amongst locals and i (Read More)s open between the months of October to May for all to enjoy, and you need to obtain formal permission from the Forest Department for the same.

2. Birdwatching and Photography

The serene surroundings of the lake make it the perfect place for birdwatching, gentle photography and quiet reflection.

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History of Bejiram Lake

In 1864, Colonel Hamilton submitted a report stating that the Berijam Lake area was the best site in the Palani Hills for a military cantonment or Sanatorium. A military outpost later built here, Fort Hamilton, was named after him. Berijam lake was artificially created in 1867, when Collector of Madurai, donated part of his personal retirement funds for building the dam.Subsequently, the dam and reservoir were enlarged and a pipeline was built to supply drinking water to the Periyakulam Municipality.

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