Hogenakkal Falls is located about 150 -160 kms from Bangalore in South East direction, on the borders of two South Indian states - Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It took us about 4 hours to reach their by cab booked through a prominent can service provider who charged us @ Rs.2700 for 300 kms with Rs.8.50/km extra if we exceed 300 kms.
Since we left bit late from Bangalore (a delay of about 1 hour or so i.e, at 9:15 am), we could reach at the destination only during lunch time i.e, at about 1:30 pm. Well, this is our first trip that started with a hefty lunch (a delicious Tamilian lunch having rice, tasty sambhar which I craved for more & more, two types of vegetable curries, pickle and pappad).
Then we set off straight to the jetty where tourists hire Coracle Rides on Cauvery River who quite gracefully and sometimes ferociously flows through the deep (10 to 30 feet depth) canyons flanked by high rising black, white and greyish rocky features on either side.
The Coracle Ride was for approx. 1- 1 1/2 hours which was undoubtedly an experience to cherish, especially when you are a day's break from the hectic chores of city life.
After Coracle Ride, we moved around the nearby falls taking snaps and feasting our eyes on some of the unique landscapes in South India (images of which I am surely going to put on sale through my Stock Photography Agency !).
Although these falls , fall a bit out of the way - distancing to about a 150 km , but are one of the best falls in the location. The Hogenakkal falls of the river Kaveri are located in the state of Tamil Nadu. 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. The route to Hogenakkal Falls is scenic, with lush mulberry fields and giant terracotta guardian deities. Hogenakkal is a beautiful place with picturesque scenes.
The Hogenakkal waterfalls is located just 2hour drive away from Tharamangalam, is a settlement to its mother river, Kaveri. Locals claimed it to be the ‘’Niagara of India’’ and after we witnessed its water streaming down the deep and uneven gorges, every word stood for itself. We propelled our coracles around to benefit from this long travelled journey.
Hogenakkal in Tamil Nadu is home to the most enchanting waterfall. The Hogenakkal Waterfall flows from where the Kaveri river splits into myriad streams of frothy water and makes for a major tourist attraction. Often compared to the Niagara Falls in Canada, the flow of water here is so strong that boating is only allowed during the "dry season", when the water current is manageable.
Besides these breathtaking falls, the emerald hills of Melagiri are a great site to visit. These dry deciduous and evergreen forests are perfect for thrilling treks and bird watching.
A few kilometres off Hogenakkal, the Mettur Dam is another attraction. An architectural marvel in its own right, the dam is an important hydro-electrical station as well as a quaint little picnic spot.
Hogenakkal can be easily reached by both rail and road, the nearest railway station being the Dharmapuri railway station. It is about 47 km away and taxis are easy to find. Regular bus services are also available.