Hogenakkal fall is one the must visit place in India. A beautiful waterfall is on Cauvery river. Its 180 km drive Bangalore and 46 km from Dharmapuri. Very nice road till you reach Dharmapuri once you reach Dharmapuri and take diversion ( You can’t miss sign) the road is not so great still its fair enough. Drive to Hogenakkal from Dharmapuri is like picture perfect with lush mulberry fields and giant terracotta guardian deities as you approach Hogenakkal, the roar of the Cauvery river catches your attention.
Hogenakkal is also described as the ‘Niagara’ of India, offer an exciting holiday destination for Indians and foreigners alike. Hogenakkal is located about 750 feet above sea level amidst the Melagiri Hills. Hogenakkal is considered as one of the most beautiful places in the state.
The river near the falls is a good place to try your swimming skills as the water has some current here. he hills near the falls have many trails where adventure seekers can go trekking in the Melagiri Hills. You can relax while getting a massage from the Hogenakkal masseurs who have an array of oils and powders to rejuvenate your body.
Taking a bath in the waterfalls of Hogenakkal is considered as extremely beneficial for the health. It is so because of the widely grown herbal plants in the nearby areas. The place is widely known for the curative power of its water.
A visit to the Hogenakkal waterfalls is incomplete without taking a ride in the waterproof basket boats covered in buffalo hide or plastic stretched over light-weight wicker frames. These boats are locally known as Teppa. These are among the oldest water crafts in the world.
During monsoon, the canyon is half full with water and watching water falling in from all directions is a magnificent sight to behold. The only problem was that, since the water level is too high, the coracles will not be able to go inside the canyon. But this time, it was just right. We took the steps down and a couple of coracles were waiting for their rides in to the canyon. We chose to take the whole coracle for the four of us – which can normally accommodate 6 people.
Where to eat: It is advisable to carry food and water when visiting the falls. Hogenakkal bus stand is nearest point from the falls where you can get snacks and refreshments.