Berijam Lake - Tamilnadu

Berijam Lake is located approximately 21 km from the center of Kodaikanal. It is a man-made reservoir constructed by building a dam on the Berijam River. The lake is surrounded by lush green forests and has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is famous for its clear water and its serene ambiance. Berijam Lake is also home to many animal and plant species, including many bird species, making it a popular birdwatching spot. The forest department at Dindigul has restricted access to Berijam Lake due to its ecological importance. Tourists must obtain prior permission from the ministry to visit the lake. This restriction helps preserve the pristine beauty of the lake and preserve its ecosystem. One of the main reasons why Berijam Lake is considered beautiful is its pristine and untouched natural beauty. The lake is located in the middle of the Western Ghats, a mountain range known for its rich biodiversity. The surrounding forest is home to many species of animals and plants, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and lovers.

History of Berijam Lake

The construction of Berijam Lake began in the 19th century under the supervision of Colonel Hamilton, who was then the District Collector of Madurai. The main purpose of its construction was to provide water to nearby farms and to meet the growing needs of British settlements. The lake is a mountain that forms the reservoir of the nearby Berijam River. The dam was built using masonry and earth fill techniques. The reservoir has a capacity of approximately 21 million cubic meters (17,000 acre feet) and an area of approximately 24 square kilometers (9 square miles).

Nearby sightseeing places

Pine forest, Vattakanal Waterfalls, Coaker’s walk, Kodaikanal solar observatory museum


Boating, Fishing, Trekking, Picnicking, and Nature walk.

Visiting time

9. 00 AM – 3.00 PM

Entry fee

Rs. 100

Kindly Note - Forest pass is mandatorily required reach the lake

How to reach Berijam Lake ?

By air – Madurai airport is the nearest to reach Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal that covers about 155 km.
By train- Palani railway station is the nearest junction to reach Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal.
By road – Driving by Madurai is the easiest way to reach Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal covering 130 km. National Highways - NH-44, NH-183, NH544H