Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pallipuram Fort

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Athirapally falls

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Kumarakom destinations

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bryant Park

This lush green park is named after a British Officer Glenn Bryant. Amazing lawns,

Kanyakumari beach

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Berijam Lake

The mesmerizing Berijam Lake is a tranquil freshwater reservoir which is hidden amidst very thick forest adjacent to the picturesque hill town of Kodaikanal. This lake has very pure water and is main source of water for the town named Periyakulam which is anchored in the valley below Kodaikanal. 

Location

This picturesque lake is located at the distance of just 21 km from Kodaikanal in the state of Tamil Nadu and is considered as the most beautiful lake in entire South India. This exotic lake is located in the upper Palani Hills, at the original location of Fort Hamilton. 

History

This outstanding lake was created by dam, which forms an integral part of project related to micro –watershed development. It is said that earlier, a swamp existed to at this place, which was endowed by dense Shola forests. Col. Douglas Hamilton proposed the name of the lake site as a military cantonment in the year 1864. 

A small hut was built here and was named Fort Hamilton, which served as a military outpost. It was in the year 1867 that the dam and the lake were formed when the Collector of Madurai donated a part of his retirement fund for task. 

Attractions and Things to Do

This picturesque lake is endowed by the lush green pine population, and thus with its captivating beauty has caught the imagination of artists, nature enthusiasts and tourists. This beautiful lake is abode to enjoy with numerous activities. 

Boating in the Berijam Lake is an unique experience. Seafaring around the crystal clear water and watching the heavenly blessed ambiance with the bluish green enrolling hills will please anyone. The crystal clear water of the lake is home to numerous amphibians and species of fish, making it a paradise for fishing. 

Berijam is very rich in flora and fauna and has some original eco-initiatives to its credit, namely, South India’s first field –oriented education centre which was set up by the Forest Department. The region of Berijam in the Palani Hills falls under the once extensive Shola grassland eco system, also referred as ‘Cloud Forest’. These blooming grasslands hold a complex and highly diverse plant community which in turn supports arrays of fauna from insects to large mammals. 

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University have launched an active program which is the Development and Cultivation of medicinal plants like Digitalis, Pyrethrum, Mentha and Dioscorea sp, through the land of 99 acres research centre of the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) near Berijam. Kodaikanal is very renowned in the world for its ‘Magic Mushroom’ which produces hallucinogenic effects when consumed, and other poisonous mushroomsgrows around Berijam. 

Bison, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Elephants, Leopards, Malabar Giant Squirrels, Mouse Deer, Samber Deer, Wild Boar, Crested Porcupines are some of the mammals which can be witnessed here. Pairah Kites, Crested Serpent Eagles, Pale Rumped Swallows and the Edible-nests Swiftlets are some of the resident birds seen here with some migratory birds such as Common Rosefinch, Blue Chat, Leaf-Wrablers and Blyth’s Reed- Warbler. 

Trekking is another option where the adventure lover goes crazy here as one can indulge in small time trekking to overnight trekking. Head towards the Palani Hills where you can adventure short treks and hikes to tourist spots close by as well to local view points. Overnight treks are as well possible here where the trekkers get opportunity to spend a night in the local village.

Best Time to Visit

The climate of Kodaikanal is pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit this Berijam Lake and its surrounding is during April – June and September to October. Kodaikanal receives heavy rainfall during the month of October to December which measures up to 165 CM.
 It is opened all days of the week from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. Please note that in order to take entry to this lake one have to get written permission from the District Forrest Officer. 

How to Get Here

Kodai Road is the nearest railway station which is about 100 km away from the prime town of Kodaikanal. From Kodai Road one can hire taxi in order to reach as it is the only mode for transportation. The closest Airport to Kodaikanal is the Madurai Airport which is located at the distance of 120 km away. 

Other than the Madurai Airport are the Trichy Airport and Coimabatore Airport which are located at the distance of 150 km and 175 km, respectively. From these airports one can easilyget bust to Kodaikanal. One can also enjoy the regular bus services which are available from the cities of Bangalore, Chennair, Madurai, Pondicherry, Coimbatore and many more. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guna Cave

Kodaikanal is a picturesque hill station which is located in the state