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Hogenakal Waterfalls
Known as the Niagara Falls of India, Hogenakkal is a nature tourism destination. Situated in the forested Melagiri hills, 170 km south of Bangalore by road, it is located at the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and the nearest main town is Dharmapuri.....more

Hogenakal

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Hogenakal

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Known as the Niagara Falls of India, Hogenakkal is a nature tourism destination. Situated in the forested Melagiri hills, 170 km south of Bangalore by road, it is located at the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and the nearest main town is Dharmapuri. Hogenakkal is a quiet village at the confluence of the Kaveri and the Chinnar rivers and it is from here that the Kaveri River develops into a series of impressive waterfalls. It is also considered as a riverside spa with the waters having curative properties.

Location info:

Address:170 km south of Bangalore by road
District:Dharmapuri district
Nearest City:Bangalore
Best time to visit: Soon after the monsoons, when the river is in full spate/October – March

Climate/Weather:

Summer Temperature:
Max 34 Degree Celsius
Min 23 Degree Celsius

Winter Temperature:
Max 27 Degree Celsius
Min 13 Degree Celsius

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Interesting things to do:

En route to Hogenakkal, stop by at Pennagram, a village where you will come across brightly coloured giant terracotta statues. Referred to as Aiyanars, these are regarded as guardian deities by the villagers. They depict everything from moustached warriors to even a modern day policemen!
Once in Hogenakkal, you can take a coracle ride across the river. The coracles or circular basket boats are covered with buffalo hide or black plastic sheets and ferry tourists across the shimmering, rippling river. The ride will take you to the foot the majestic waterfalls – an exhilarating yet intimidating experience. The water here surges under the coracle, tossing it around, raging and hissing as though it might flood and capsize the boat any moment. The sight of Hogenakkal up close is as spellbinding, imposing and even a bit frightening. This white water fall is particularly impressive soon after the monsoon months when the river is brimming.
Though the boats might seem flimsy on first glance, their basic design has remained unchanged for hundred of years and are in fact quite safe. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even ask your boatman to spin the boat - the experience is akin to sitting on a spinning top.

Once you have had enough of the boat ride and want to calm down your wrecked nerves, try getting a massage from the famed Hogenakkal masseurs. The local malishkarans or the mystic masseurs are armed with oils, powders and esoteric knowledge about the different massage points in the human body and they are good! There are also a few women masseurs.

If you plan to stay longer than a day, you can take long treks in the surrounding Melagiri Hills and explore the lush, rugged, landscape.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Nearest railhead is Bangalore.
Nearest Airport:Nearest airport is Bangalore, 130 km.
Road Transport:Several tourist taxis and buses ply from Bangalore to Hogenakkal. It is a two and a half hour drive to the falls. Road is the fastest and the most comfortable way to get to the falls.

Nearest Visiting places:

The Hogenakkal Waterfall is the main highlight of the place. And a trip to Hogenakkal revolves around the fall and the river. The Hogenakkal Waterfall is often called the Niagara Falls of India. Waterfalls here fall from a height of 60 to 1000 ft. A boat ride here is a thrilling activity and a good way to get a slice of adventure. Rides are taken on the coracles, the round small boats that are locally known as parisals. These are made from watertight hides stretched over lightweight wicker frames. It is a spectacular experience. And don’t be surprised when a boatman asks you for Rs. 500 to take you on a coracle ride. Heavy bargaining is recommended.

Another exciting attraction at Hogenakkal Waterfalls is the diving skills of local kids, who would dive for a fee. They can dive from a height of around 30 feet and climb straight up back on the rocks in no time. And the fee can range from 5 to 10 rupees.

The spot comes alive especially in July-August. A huge weekly fair is held in the nearby village of Pennagaram. Theerthamalai, a popular pilgrim centre 16 km from Dharmapuri is another interesting place that you can visit.

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Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

There are just two places where one can stay overnight - the Tourist Bungalow run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (080-2275869, 2275883) and Hotel Tamil Nadu (043425-54447 and 54448).

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Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:Hospitals equipped to handle emergencies are located in Bangalore (150 km).
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