Berijam Lake Kodaikanal
Berijam Lake, a reservoir near Kodaikanal town at the old site of “Fort Hamilton”, in the upper Palani hills. This lake, created along a dam with sluice outlets is a part of a micro–watershed development project. The water quality of the lake is excellent and used for drinking purposes.
It is located at the end of Pillar Rocks Road southwest of Kodaikanal Lake. There were two roads from Berijam, the Kodaikanal–Munnar Road to Munnar town, and another going to Kavunji village. The old roads here are used as walking trails by local villagers and trekkers and sometimes they encounters with wild animals including bison, elephants and leopards on these trails.
The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has restricted entry into the Berijam Lake area to between 9.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the general public. Entry permits are issued at the Forestry Department Office in Kodaikanal. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed in the park each day.
There is a forest check–post which prohibits unauthorized entry through the road leading to this Lake. From the observation tower beyond km marker 13 on the Berijam road one may have a fine view of Berijam Lake and the surrounding forest.