Berijam Lake is a quaint reservoir near Kodaikanal town in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. 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. The sparkling blue waters of this attraction makes for a tranquil spot for nature lovers to enjoy in the lap of Mother Earth, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 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 is 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.
The serene Berijam lake of Kodaikanal is of nature's unhindered beauty in the midst of a forest conservation area. It is surrounded by acacia and pine trees which are so pristine that it has a haunting quality. The serene surroundings of the lake make it the perfect place for birdwatching, gentle photography and quiet reflection. 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. 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.
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.
Attractions of Bejiram Lake
You can easily catch a glimpse of endemic birds and animals lazily lolling around. Other than that, you can simply sit back, relax and just enjoy its beauty in all its charm. Although boating has been banned here to save fresh water, you can play around with the many species of fish that call the lake their home. Overall, Berijam Lake is the perfect weekend getaway to spend some quality time with friends and family.
How to Reach Berijam Lake
The nearest railway station to Berijam lake is Kodaikanal Road Railway Station which is 10 km away from Berijam Lake. Taxis are available from station. Buses are available to the lake as well, but it is better to take a taxi to this destination.