Hogenakkal Waterfalls Wider View
To tell you very upfront, this is my first attempt to write a travel article... Courtesy to consistent insistence from my dear friend... dedicated to one of the soothing journey I had in south India.
It was just a one day trip from Bangalore, Hogenakkal falls are quite buzzed in this region, may be due to its appearance in some of the bollywood flicks or due to flooding of IT crowd on weekends. But anyway, we did some research to reach there by public transport but could not find any leak in the same regard. Result of the research is as below.
Tamilnandu near Hogenakkal Falls
Crowded Hogenakkal Waterfalls
We have opted for the last option and kick started early in the morning at around 9'o clock. The route goes via electronic city. We had to wait a lot at Tamilnandu border while driver was generating the permit. Tamilnandu is like a usual landscape of coconut and banana plantation. The route was passing through many serene villages in the backdrop of rocky hills. Sometimes I could also see many temples on the hilltop stand silently. For me it was really a refreshing break from the crowded city of Bangalore. Passing through the lush green landscape on those roads shadowed by dense trees was a tranquil experience.
Tourists at Hogenakkal Falls
It was getting hotter as day progressed and I realized why Tamilnandu is notorious for its temperature. During the journey it’s really difficult to find a good place to eat as we were not crossing any major town. The best thing happened in the journey was the driver who understands Hindi and speaks Tamil. We were taking pit stops in between to walk around and finally we reached to the vicinity of the Hogenakkal Waterfalls at around 12'o clock.
Coracles at Hogenakkal Waterfalls
About Hogennakal Fall: Hogennakal falls is a series of waterfalls on the Cauvery River and the place where Cauvery enters into Tamilnandu. Hogenakkal derived from hoge:smokes, Kal:rocks, that means smoking rock. Hogenakkal Waterfalls had been in news due to controversy on a dam at river Cauvery. Locals of Tamilnandu also call it as Marikottayam.
Coracle Starting point at Hogenakkal Falls
Orientation to Hogenakkal Waterfalls:
It was sunday but still we had never anticipated those many of tourists at such a remote destination. The town was flooded with so many tourists that it was even difficult to cross the street. We found the place to park the vehicle and then headed towards the main fall. From the main road, nothing much is visible so one can get lost and reach to the wrong direction. The place was stinking with stale fishes, fried fishes, decapitated fishes. The first impression of the falls was disappointing; anyway we kept heading further with the crowd, enqueued ourselves for the tickets and reached to other side of the fall. The place was crowded like a bustling festival where so many people were taking bathe, enjoying picnic, screaming loudly. We wanted to get isolated somewhere but the gigantic and roaring waterfall was on the way. In the end after getting tired with roaming around, we decided to enjoy the waterfall and took bathe. After a disastrous body massage with stinky oil and relaxing dips, we headed out of the crowd in a hope of getting on the other side of the fall, popularly known as Karnataka side (Karnataka fall).
Hogenakkal Waterfalls from the Canyon
After enquiring here and there, we found that the only way to reach to another side is by a Coracle which charges 800 INR for the entire trip. One Coracle can accommodate 6 people and a rower. Coracle journey starts from Tamilnandu side of the Hogenakkal falls form a flat water body and then plunges into a deep chasm from where you can view the formation of the waterfall. The coracle drives through the rocky canyon with the speedy water flow. The water depth at this point is believed to be some 200 meter. Once the flow stabilizes you will be dropped on the other side of the fall. Now you will have to climb up and walk through the herbal forest to reach to the mouth of the Hogenakkal falls.
Hogenakkal Falls Karnataka Side
From Karnataka side, you can get the panoramic view of the Hogenakkal fall. One can reach to very close to the magnificent fall from this side but the water flow is simply terrifying. From this point, coracle drives through the Cauvery once again and stops at small islands in between and finally dropped us to the point from where we began. Coracle journey was the best decision we took during the entire day.
Coracles : Distant View at Hogenakkal Waterfalls
River Cauvery just before the dawn