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Monsoon Holidays: Hogenakkal Falls - The Cascading Beauty

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Monsoon Getaways from Bangalore - Hogenakkal Falls
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Tucked away just 150 km from Bangalore is a cascading beauty that goes by the name of ‘Hogenakkal Falls’. Hogenakkal, located on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border makes for a quick getaway from Bangalore. Though a year round destination, Hogenakkal Waterfalls has a different character just after the rains. The area looks lush green and there are a number of waterfalls that you may come across.


Hogenakkal is also a good picnic spot and its water is supposed to have curative powers. It is here the Cauvery enters the plains and the river dashing against the rocks makes for a stunning sight. The roar of the Cauvery as it makes way through the rocky banks is a constant presence in most places in Hogenakkal. The river, here meanders through a wooded valley, turning and twisting around rocks, and little islands with towering trees.

Places to see in Hogenakkal
Things to do in Hogenakkal
- Stop by at Pennagram en-route to Hogenakkal to admire/buy brightly coloured giant terracotta statues, regarded as guardian deities by the villagers.

- Take a coracle ride across the river. The ride will take you to the foot the majestic waterfalls – an exhilarating yet intimidating experience.

- Hardcore adventurer can ask boatman to spin the boat - the experience is like that you are sitting on a spinning top.

- Get a massage from the famed Hogenakkal masseurs. The local malishkarans or the mystic masseurs are fully equipped with oils, powders and esoteric knowledge about the different massage points in the human body.

- Those planning to stay longer can take long treks in the surrounding Melagiri Hills and explore the lush, rugged, landscape.

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.

Places to stay at Hogenakkal

Since Hogenakkal is just 150 km from Bangalore, a day visit is always possible. Those looking to stay in Hogenakkal can either stay in KSTDC tourist bungalow or Hotel Tamil Nadu. Check out hotels in Hogenakkal.

How to Reach Hogenakkal

By Air: Nearest airport is Bangalore, 150 km away

By Rail: Nearest railhead is Bangalore, 150 km away

By Road: Several taxis and buses ply from Bangalore to Hogenakkal. It is a two and a half hour drive to the falls.

About Hogenakkal: Hogenakkal Information & Fact File
Altitude 250 meters
Summer 34 (Max) & 23(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 27 (Max) & 13 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go October – March
Monsoon June - September
Summer April - June
Winter December - February
Clothes Cottons all year round
Nearest Airport Bangalore, 150 km
Nearest Railway Station Bangalore, 150km
Bus Station Hogenakkal (Direct buses from Bangalore)
Hospital & Doctor

Hospitals equipped to handle emergencies are located in Bangalore (150 km)

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