Berijam, the beautiful lake amidst the forests near Kodaikanal

Posted Date: 10 Mar 2011      Author: Latha Jayaprakash    Member Level: Gold (Rs. 40)

Berijam Lake is located amidst the dense forests of the western ghats in the Dindigul district of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. This Lake has a tasty and pure drinking water and serves the whole Periyakulam town for drinking purposes. You can also find rich flora there and the admission is restricte. So be an early bird to get permission.

About Berijam Lake near Kodaikanal


Berijam Lake is a reservoir near the well known tourist attraction Kodaikanal town in the dindigul district of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Berijam Lake had been established at the site of Fort Hamilton in the Upper Palani Hills by a dam and its sluice gates. At present this is a micro–watershed development project of the Periyakulam town to the South East of Kodaikanal. This beautiful lake located amidst the forests is the main drinking water supply to the town of Periyakulam.

How to visit Berijam Lake?


Berijam is located at the end of Pillar Rocks Road which is south west of the Kodaikanal Lake. The Entry into the Berijam lake is restricted for the public and you have to get permit in person at the Forestry department office. There a limit for the people to get entries and that too it is allowed only between 9.30 am - 3 pm.
There are nature areas that one can visit in the Berijam Lake include swamp eco system, medicinal demonstration garden, fresh water eco system, grassland nature trail, bridge, museum, nature walk and shola. Site visits can be organized for the researchers. Trekkers can get permission to stay the night in the Forest rest house, which has a limited accommodation. The Rest house serves as a base camp for the Forestry Department staff s well as the Researchers and the Trekkers, but you will have to bring your own provisionsif you want to stay the night.
Trekking maps are available at the office and the permission must be obtained to visit. You will have to be an early bird to get permission as the office closes by 11.30 am. You will be allowed to stay till the evening.

Flora and fauna in the Berijam Lake


Berijam Lake has a few eco initiatives to its credit, like, South India's first field oriented Eco education center which was set up by the forest department, there is an exclusive medicinal plants demonstration garden and a model swamp observation area which was created solely for educating the public. The catchment area of the Berijam Lake in the Palani Hills falls under the Shola grassland ecosystem which is also called as the cloud forest. Medicinal plants cultivation like Digitalis, pyrethrum, dioscorea and belladonna, near the Berijam Lake, is an active programme by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural university through the research center of the Central Institute of medicinal and Aromatic Plants. There are some mushrooms called as Psilocybin Mushrooms which when consumed produce Hallucinogenic effects .


You have to reach Kodaikanal first and then take a cab, auto or a bus to reach Berijam Lake which is about 19 kilometers from Kodaikanal.
To know more details about how to reach Kodaikanal

Accommodations near Berijam Lake


Since it is a dense forest area you will not be able to find good accommodations. There is a Rest House which serves as a base camp for the Forestry Department staff s well as the Researchers and the Trekkers, but you will have to bring your own provisions if you want to stay the night.
As Berijam Lake is only 19 kilometers from the Kodai lake area you can stay in Kodaikanal and then go for a day visit. Be there early in the morning itself to get the entry pass as the office closes by 11.30 am.

Some of the Accommodations at Kodaikanal


Hill Country Holiday Resorts
Attuvampatti P.O., Kodaikanal,
Tamil Nadu - 624101, India.
For Reservation please contact:
Tel: +91 0484 402 8153 Fax 0484 236 4485
Email: hillcounty@hotelstamilnadu.com

Kodai International
Laws Ghat Road,
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel: + 91 - 4542 -245190

Hotel Hill Top Towers
Boat Club Road,
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India
Tel: + 91 - 4542 - 240413

Villa Retreat
Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - 624101, India.
For Reservation please contact:
Tel: +91 0484 402 8153 Fax 0484 236 4485
Email :villaretreat@hotelstamilnadu.com

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