Bahour Lake, Pondicherry

 Bahour Lake
Bahour Lake 

Bahour Lake is a seasonal (it is generally dry for 5-6 months) freshwater wetland located about 20 miles south of Pondicherry town, near the village of Bahour.  It is the second largest lake in Pondicherry, with a storage capacity of 6.3 million cubic meters.

Toddy pots
Toddy pots

Bahour is one of two Important Bird Areas of India in Pondicherry for the number of birds sighted (over 25,000 waterfowl counted in 1995 and 1998) and for having more than 1% of the biogeographic population of several species of waterfowl including Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope and Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis.

Planting Paddy
Planting paddy 

Farming is still the primary activity in Bahour commune.  Water intensive paddy and sugarcane are the major crops, with some coconut plantations and toddy palms.

Harvesting sugarcane
Harvesting sugarcane

Loading sugarcane
Loading sugarcane for transport

Local transport of sugarcane
Local transport of sugarcane

All the irrigation for the crops grown around Bahour is done using groundwater.  According to a farmer we met on the road, the government does not allow the farmers to use the water from the lake.  As in Ousteri, the government lets out fishing contracts, draining the lake 5 months after fingerlings have been introduced into Bahour to make the catch easier.

Local farmer
Local farmer 

And here too, as in Ousteri, the government has plans to build a boat house and initiate tourism with motor boat rides on the lake.

Now, how is this going to work, you ask, since the lake is dry for much of the year?  Why spend all this money for a three-year project to build the infrastructure to allow boating?  According to a local Councilor and her son, the plan is to sink a borewell in the middle of the lake to pump groundwater to fill the lake when it is dry.  !?! This way, you get to catch your fish and have boating too.

Either way, the local farmers lose.  They have no access to surface water for irrigation, they are prohibited from fishing the lake, and their groundwater has turned saline.  The departments of Agriculture and Ground Water have had to install new wells up to 225 meters deep in Bahour since salt water has intruded into the second aquifer in the region.  An incredible mismanagement of ground water recharge mechanisms.  Hello people – you have a large lake right here!

“What will you do when your ground water turns saline? ” we ask the Councilor, who is a sugarcane farmer.  “We’ll sell the land for plots.”

Advertisement for residential plots in Bahour commune
Advertisement for residential plots in Bahour commune

Indeed, the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Bahour, who is also the Social Welfare Minister for the Union Territory of Pondicherry, is putting pressure on the farmers to sell their land.  Real estate speculators are preying on farmers who are in debt to acquire their land for Rs. 30 lakhs (close to US$ 77,000) an acre. They then divide the acre into 20’X60′ plots, which they sell for Rs. 3 lakhs each, for a total of Rs. 108 lakhs, turning a tidy profit of Rs. 78 lakhs.


32 Responses to “Bahour Lake, Pondicherry”

  1. 1 Fancykalai July 31, 2008 at 6:26 am

    First I would like to thank you for showing light on my little village, i’m really amazed to see this blog on Bahour lake. Yes, Bahour is really a wonder in Puducherry. I would also suggest you to blog on Bahour Moolanathaswamy temple as it is one of the most oldest temples in India. For your information, archeological research is going on about this temple in Bahour. As a native of Bahour i’ll be glad if you could blog on this. Good effort! Congrats!!!

  2. 2 Ilango August 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Rangaswamy is the clean image chief minister. But the minister around him are a landlord owners. Let the other minister should also try to turn as mr. cm.

  3. 3 jeykumar September 23, 2008 at 9:17 am

    do you want to know more about bahour please contact my email id

  4. 4 veerarahavan June 6, 2009 at 5:24 pm


  5. 6 saran June 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    i am in bahour i love bahour

  6. 7 muthukumar sweets bahour June 24, 2010 at 7:12 am

    hai. i am saranraj i am born in bahour. my moto is became a king of bahour. ilove bahour. because lot of temples,lakes,river,market,hospital and all facilities in bahor.
    I love bahour.
    I love bahour,
    I love bahour.

  7. 8 saravanan July 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    we hve started our company sms products during 2009 main purpose of our company is 2 create an awarnes amoung the students via sms it was encourage by studentr frm head sms products nd 1096 friends

  8. 9 Bahour power boys July 25, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Hi Bahour
    i am Vikky the Grup of
    BAHOUR POWER BOYS [the club of youth]
    I Born in Bahour.i verry like bahour peoples.
    Puduvai in nercalanciam BAHOUR.very very bigest lake. with water stroge capacity of 6.8 million cubic litters.its secound largest lake in puducherry.

  9. 10 Raji July 29, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Hi ,

    As everyone said,this place is very nice place to live .we have very old siva temples as a big landmark to bahour.

    I did my school in ponnusamy higher sec school and now working in big MNC.

    Like to thank my old teachers…

    Love Bahour..

    Raji (A) Subramanian
    Kamban Nagar.

  10. 11 muthukumar sweets bahour August 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    hai bahour
    how are you
    hai power boys &
    sms products
    hai saravana & vicky nalla
    irukingala nantha
    saran pandiyan nadar

  11. 12 muthukumar sweets bahour August 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    i am saran my club is hell boy’s

  12. 13 udhayamani September 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Hi.. I m udhayamani… studying BTech.(ECE)… But my native is Bahour. I studied in Professor Annoussamy hr. sec. school…Bahour….

  13. 14 RAJIK October 5, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I like bahour because my lover karthic burn in bahour . so i like very much bahour village. i love karthic and him native place

  14. 15 BAHOUR POWER BOYS October 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    hi bahour i am vikky the grups of BAHOUR POWER BOYS [the club of youth].i verry like bahour beautiful nature and wonderfull place and temple.all facelitty in bahour-schools,hospital,collage,govt office,morket and fire servive,24hr bus service, merrage mohalls pless visit bahour-607 402


  15. 16 ANBUTHAMIZ November 14, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hi iam thamiz .i came to this beautiful world especially bahour around 18 years 6 days. i studied my high school studies in the great ” our lady of victory ” , secondary education in ‘the marvallous st. joseph’s” and doing engineering in “the fabulous rajiv gandhi college of engineering and technology. i like and love my village . i like my colliques in this area. my father’s name is mr.g.Saravanan. my mother name is mrs.santhasaravanan. sister name is mrs.anbarasiravichandran. i have huge amount ofboy friendsand little amount of girl friends. if anybody wish to make me u can visit me at “”.

  16. 17 viswanathan(visu) November 14, 2010 at 11:18 am

    hai friends

  17. 18 k jeevanandam January 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

    hello all my dear readers, i am a hard lover of my farming village Bahour. Bahour was a beautiful green village with many temples, chruch and masjid. it is having a second big lake in Puducherry. this farming village produced many agricultural products including paddy as its main cultivation and transported to all the part of our mother land. but today this beautiful green land converted to a look like desert, having all lands with real estate corner stones. if the poor farmers are not made awarness about the importance of their contribution to the mankind, in future we have to import the food grains from other part of country on high prices. so my kind request to the farming families is to preserve the remaining cultivatable land of our villaqge, so that we can pass down the beatiful village with natural beauty to our next generation to live with food self reliances.

  18. 19 Zegadissane .C February 11, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Hai, I am zegadi @ Aadhirai, my native place bahour at manamedu. My native is very wonderful area. I like all the people in my native place. I am studied in Bahour Govt. Hr. Sec. School. I like thirumavalavan policy.

  19. 20 kiriraman May 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

    hai friends & my old bahour vasical

  20. 21 GBK Computers & Mother Computer Hardware Training Centre,Bahour May 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Hai I am Owner of a Computer Training Center & Xerox, My professional is Document wrinting, Computer Training, taking photos, Computer Servicing & Assembling. i am Born in Bahour village at 10-May-1977, my Relatives living in Bahour Mr. Tamiljeselvane, Kayalvizhi, Balakrishnan, Kalyani, Naveenkumar, Ashwin, Arthi there also are living in Bahour. Bahour is a famous Village in Puducherry. you also are see in Bahour

    1. Bahour Lake
    2. Bahour Chitteri Annaikattu
    3. Bahour Bed Dam
    4. Bahour Sivan Temple
    5. Most Important Place in Bahour Thangal this place
    is very nice. all around in Banaimaram.

  21. 22 jagan kuruvinatham hockey coach December 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    hi friends . i love bahour. . and kuruvinatham.

  22. 23 Jithu January 31, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Good info.. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. 24 Elamvazhuthy July 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    hai frndz i am in bahour
    watch the beautiful lake guyz

  24. 25 Saravanan July 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Hi guys.. I am saravanan.. I born in bahour.. It is my native place.. My house is near lake.. I like bahour more.. I it most beautiful place in the world..I am studying btech..near bahour so many places are there to visit.. Visit and enjoy..

  25. 26 Ravindranath August 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

    i like bahour

  26. 27 Corrupt Politician December 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Interesting. After 4 years, and several efforts to convert Bahoor into a mining area for coal (by another former CM (who now sits in opposition), another minister from Bahoor has once again pushing the tourism project, and now the bahoor tank associations are opposing this tooth and nail. The ability of the politicians with the help of corrupt bureaucratic set up have tremendous patience and wait and watch policy and they have struck again with calling of tenders for the tourism project which the tank users’ association have now temporarily stopped. The bahoor tank which has a rich history of over 1200 years, is once again subjected to torture and destruction if this tourism projects gets through. It is high time, the bahoor residents wake up to this threat and oppose their elected representative and ministers and tell them on their face that the Bahoor lake have survived the history all these years, and will definitely survive the short life spans of these corrupt ministers too. But if they dont do this, then Bahoor lake will slip silently to complete destruction in the “name of ” tourism and development.

  27. 28 Anandharaj Kaliamoorthy December 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Hi…. I am Anandharaj Kaliamoorthy from the village “Vinayagapuram” which is in brim of Bahour lake. I am really proud to be living near to this lake. This is a very good place to have relaxation & people love to live here. This lake is giving life to too many villagers with the help of this lake and surrounding like water, turf, booze, woodcutters and fishing. Nowadyas people migrated to city and they are missing the nature which was given by God.

  28. 29 Mother Computer Hardware August 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    i am live in Bahour i am love and lovable bahour

  29. 30 Kiriraman & Family with regard thirumathi. Kalyani August 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Hai I am Owner of a Computer Training Center & Xerox, My professional is Document wrinting, Computer Training, taking photos, Computer Servicing & Assembling. i am Born in Bahour village at 10-May-1977, my Relatives living in Bahour Mr. Tamiljeselvane, Kayalvizhi, Balakrishnan, Kalyani, Naveenkumar, Ashwin, Arthi there also are living in Bahour. Bahour is a famous Village in Puducherry. you also are see in Bahour, the most people is well educated, and always to persons are working in govt. job.

  30. 32 Meera June 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    hi chums…i m native place bahour..i love bahour and my peoples..but i realy mis my lovable person..he is no more…no one can replace my person place..i m very lucky to born in the bahour..i love shiva temple..

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