Hogenakkal falls travel guide Dharmapuri from Bangalore
Hogenakkal is one of the wonderful tourist places and one of the best waterfalls to visit near Bangalore & Chennai. When the Kaveri River enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its way through the state of Karnataka, it descends down the lofty landscape forming the Hogenakkal Waterfalls.
The Smokey Falls is a journey from Naturedine Homestay that takes less than 2 hours. The drive passes through the 77 Hills Station in between Lord Mahadeshwara Temple, which also passes through Gopinatham Village, which is the birthplace of most wanted dacoit Veerappan. You will be entering the falls through the Karnataka border which is a calmer place than the Tamil Nadu entrance. Tourism department facilitates coracle rides to the fall’s view, which is a beautiful experience for a 2 km ride and then view the falls from the coracle.
History of Hogenakkal Falls :
Hogenakkal Falls makes for a beautiful island between two states; you can explore and cross the river and visit Tamil Nadu through the Hanging Bridge. Locals offer services like body massage, delicious fish fry, and Nabity Koli Village is known for its non-veg food. It also doubles up as a water activity spot.
The Carbonatite rocks found near the waterfall are one of the oldest in the world. The ‘Hoge’ and ‘Kal’ are the two Kannada words means’ Smoke’ and ‘Rocks’ give meaning to the word Hogenakkal as Smoky Rocks. It is also called as Marikottayam by the people of Tamil Nadu.
The Hogenakkal falls has about 14 channels with drops varying between 15 & 65 ft. Do you want to reach the surroundings of waterfalls? One must need to take a boat-ride (there is no land access).Riding in coracle is one of the main attractions here which is allowed during the monsoon and winter season. Actually, boating is stopped in peak monsoons. This fall is also a good place to try out your swimming skills.
Way to reach Hogenakal :
The water splash is quite challenging. Visitors can also go for trekking on the nearby surrounding hills. Directly the water flows towards the Mettur Dam which is also known as the Stanley Reservoir. The waterfalls are less than 1 km from Hogenakkal Bus Station. No food stalls are available near the falls, except simple snacks, soft drinks & fish fry. If possible, try to pack your food near Hogenakkal Bus Station or Dharmapuri. There are many mid-range options of accommodation and lodges in Dharmapuri.
Transport Facilities From Hogenakkal :
Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport about 216 km from Hogenakal Falls. Dharmapuri railway station is nearest railway station which is about 47 km from Hogenakal. Train connected with Bangalore, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Tuticorin, Coimbatore, Salem, Nagercoil, Mysore, Pondicherry, Tirunelveli, and Ernakulum.
Dharmapuri bus station is nearest to Hogenakkal. Buses from Mysore, Bangalore, Salem, Coimbatore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kochi, Ooty, Madurai, and Hyderabad. The best and correct time to visit Hogenakkal Falls is from July to October while the peak season is from August to October.
Hogenakkal Monsoon Trip :
Waterfalls and Monsoons make for a perfect combination. Now, monsoons are getting here, it’s time to pack up your picnic bags and gear yourself up for a drive 130 kilometers south of Bangalore over to Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu. To check out the splendid Hogenakkal Falls. Watch forceful water comes crashing down a series of rugged rocks that are said to be one of the oldest in South Asia, and enjoy the unique sight and the sound of the waterfalls.
You can spend with your entire family and make a day out of it. But, it’s probably a good idea to go on a weekday to avoid large noisy crowds and get some serene in. The whole place with its rustic village charm makes for quite an escapade so be sure to tick it off your list of things to do in and around Bangalore.
Coracle riding experience :
Coracle is basically a circular local fishing craft made of bamboo and tar (to make it waterproof). The ride cost varies season to season. In June, we paid INR 750 for one boat that includes a maximum of 4 people. The boatman will stop at a small island along the riverside. You can take a deep breath along the river, take bath in the river and click photos to make the most of it. However, we didn’t do a thing because of the unbearable heat. Also, the water wasn’t clean at all. But yes, some people were taking bath.
Best time to visit Hogenakkal :
From September till March is the perfect time to witness the falls in its pristine self. I noticed that photos are shown on the internet is taken after the monsoons. From April-Mid July the river has less water, there are hardly 2-3 falls and the summer heat will kill you. I recommend not to travel during this period as you will not anything you see on the internet and it is the sheer waste of money and effort.
Hogenakkal Falls is the most famous attraction placed on the Kaveri river in a district called Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu. This marvel of nature lies on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. As you are boating amidst the falls, you will be in between Tamil Nadu on the right and Karnataka on the left.