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“Carefull with kids!!”
Review of Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake
Ranked #3 of 36 things to do in Kodaikanal
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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10 reviews
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“Carefull with kids!!”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

recommended to trek around and find the high points to get beautiful sights of the lake

Visited July 2011
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Ahmedabad, India
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“nature at its best”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

its around 20 km from kodai town, but road to berijam is too good. it has 3 sight seeing points to view valley in different ways

Visited December 2011
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Bengaluru, India
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7 reviews
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“nothing great”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

just an ordinary lake .. the drive through the forest is good and provides some brilliant views

Visited December 2011
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Chennai
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“The road to berijam is more exciting that the lake by itself”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

Berijam is about 26kms from city center & entry into the forest needs the forest officer's permission on the day of visit. The district forest office is located opposite to the ABAN hotel in Kodai (1 km before kodai lake). To seek permission, you need to first take a token (request form) from the forest office & then pick the officer's signature. I was told that during peak season they try and restrict entries to about 300 - 400 cars per day, but on other days the are no limitations. However, do note that no entries are permitted on Tuesdays and on days when animal movements are observed.

Though the notice board on the gate read that the tokens are issued from 8 am in the morning, there were no signs of the officials until 10 am - so be prepared to wait. Nevertheless, if you are very keen on visiting berijam, just reach the office by 8.30 at the latest. There was absolute chaos and no sense of disciple on the officials arrived - something very common in all Indian government offices. I was told that the delay was because it was the day after Christmas & the forest officer came late (didn't sound very convincing to me). Once you receive the form, you need to meet the forest officer with your id card & pay Rs.100/-. Beware of junior officers trying to make a fast buck - it only costs 100, irrespective of the car you drive. Also don't entertain offers from them to be your guide - they just want a free ride to the forest office in Berijam. There are proper signage in all POIs inside the forest - you don't need a guide.

On your route to Berijam, you will first pass by the Pine forest & Devil's Kitchen (Guna Caves) before you land up at the forest gate. It is an unwritten rule that you pay Rs.20 to the guy in the gate - something are better paid than argued ! Though I hate bribing, I didn't want to spoil my day by picking up a fight for 20 bucks! Once you enter the forest area, the drive is absolutely brilliant - just watch out for rash drivers. There are about 4 - 5 view points on route to Berijam - if you hate crowds, then I would recommend you hit straight to Berijam & then cover these points on your return journey. Berijam is nice chilled out place for a relaxed picnic. Though they have a small canteen (an open stall is a better description) which sells beverages, light packaged snacks & sandwiches, you are better off carrying a picnic bag with you if you wish to spend some quality time on the banks of the river.

If you are a serious hiker, you can also plan an overnight stay at the forest guest house or a hike to Munnar. The total distance of the hike is about 76kms and needs prior approvals & support from a forest guide. Since we had a toddler, we had to skip that part - but we are certainly taking that route the next time we plan a trip to Kodai. The good part is the this place is much - less crowded than most other tourist attractions in Kodai.

I've added a few pictures from my drive to Berijam. You can take at the entire collection in my portal if you like photography (theabrahams.co.in)

Visited December 2011
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Redmond, Washington
2 reviews
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“amazing place”
Reviewed 8 December 2011

you need a permit to get here, make sure you get it in advance

Visited August 2011
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