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The Niagara Falls of India - Hogenakkal Falls

While I was looking for one day trips from Bangalore, a friend of mine (a Bangalorean) suggested to visit Nandi Hills and Hogenakkal Falls. It was in the month of June and I had read in a lot of blogs that June/July is not the ideal time to visit Hogenakkal. After seeing its photos on Google I was sure that I can’t miss it even if it’s June.

 

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NEHA PARTI

WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

Hogenakkal Falls is a major attraction placed on the Kaveri river in a district called Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu. This wonder 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.

 

DISTANCE FROM BANGALORE TO HOGENAKKAL

Approximately 170 km

 

BEST WAY TO REACH HOGENAKKAL FALLS

The best way to reach Hogenakkal Falls is only by car/taxi. Either you rent a car or hire a taxi. There are no direct buses or trains. We preferred to hire a taxi. A night before, we called around 4-5 transporters to get a rough estimate of the rates. Everyone quoted almost the same price i.e. INR 9/km + INR 500 for Inter State Road Tax + INR 200 for the driver = INR 3500 (after negotiating) for a Non-AC car though. 🙁 The route from Bangalore to Hogenakkal goes through some of the greener parts of Tamil Nadu and old-style villages. The route filled me with awe! I clicked around 250-300 photos exclusively of the route. The journey usually takes 4-5 hours but we reached in 2.5 hours as we left early in the morning. Also, thanks to our super efficient and co-operative driver.

CORACLE RIDE

The best part of this excursion was the coracle ride. Coracle is basically a circular local fishing crafts made of bamboo and tar (to make it waterproof). The cost for the ride varies season to season. In June, we paid INR 750 for one boat that includes maximum of 4 people.

 

Again, I read it in a lot of blogs that to reach the boat you have to descend (and obviously ascend to go back) few steps which is not suitable for older people. But this cute old couple certainly proved them wrong.

 

The boat man will stop at a small island along the riverside. You can chill 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. So up to you!!

BEST TIME TO VISIT HOGENAKKAL FALLS

Anytime after August till March is the perfect time to witness the falls in its pristine self. I realized the photos that 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 sheer waste of money and effort.

 

After monsoons the coracle ride is closed when the water level is high but to witness the falls will be an experience in itself.

 

BATHING SCENES IN HOGENAKKAL

Ok so, there’s a difference between bathing in waterfall and bathing in waterfall with soap and shampoo. The bathing area is separate for men and women. Speaking of ladies bathing area, you really don’t bathe under the waterfall. You stand below a tap of water, bring all your toiletries and litter the place making it hard to even stand in shoes.

 

The bathing area for ladies was secluded and obviously I couldn’t click pictures of naked aunties. On the contrary the area for men, which was open and visible, was MUCH better than that of ladies. Mother of discrimination! :O

FISH FRY

There is no decent restaurant or food joint nearby but the fresh fish cooked by the locals is known to be delicious and a must try. Tbh, that was not hygienic at all and considering the immunity of my stomach I opted not to have it.

 

BOTTOM LINE

Visiting Hogenakkal in June was indeed a waste of money. I will definitely visit again BUT only after monsoons.

 

Orignally Published in TrippIndian

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