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At a distance of 21 km from Kodaikanal, Berijam Lake is an artificial lake situated in Kodaikanal. It is one of the popular places to visit near Kodaikanal.
Berijam Lake is at the old site of Fort Hamilton and is situated in the upper Palani hills, overlooking the surrounding landscape. It was formed as the result of the construction of a dam with sluice outlets and is part of a micro-watershed development project. Berijam Lake supplies drinking water to Periyakulam town. It is one of the must include places in Kodai Tour.
Surrounded by the lush green pine plantations, the Berijam Lake with its serene beauty has caught the imagination of artists, nature lovers, and tourists. The lake is also an important conservation center for local flora and fauna. Birds such as serpent eagles, rosefinch, leaf-warblers, and pale rumped swallows can be spotted here. The lake also facilitates the habitat of many animals such as Bison, Indian elephants, Nilgiri Langur, and Deer.
There are many activities like fishing, bird watching, safari tours to do here. In the early days, tourists used to relish boating in this wonderful lake, however, the local administration has banned boating in this lake as the water from the lake is used as drinking water for a nearby Periyakulam town.
Special permission from the District Forest Officer (in Kodaikanal) is required to visit this lake since it's not open to the general public.
Timings: 9 AM - 3 PM.
Entry: Rs. 100 for Person