Lake / Backwaters
At a distance of 21 kms from Kodaikanal (beyond the Pillar Rocks), Berijam Lake is an artificial lake. In 1864, Colonel Hamilton an officer in the British army selected the site for a military cantonment, which was built and the eponymous Fort Hamilton established. The lake itself was artificially created 3 years later. Berijam Lake supplies drinking water to Periyakulam town. It is one of the popular tourist places in Kodaikanal.
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, pariah kites, rosefinch, leaf-warblers and pale rumped swallows can be spotted here, as can bisons, langurs, elephants and an occasional leopard.
Boating is also available in the Birijim Lake. A special permission from District Forest Officer (in Kodaikanal) is required to visit this lake since it's not open for general public.
Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM.