Hogenakkal Waterfalls : Weekend Destination from Bangalore

Hogenakkal Waterfalls Wider view
                                                     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
                                                     Tamilnandu near Hogenakkal Falls

Reaching Hogenakkal from Bangalore:

Distance via road from Bangalore: 180 Km

- There are direct busses to a town called Dharmapuri which is some 40 km away from Hogenakkal falls. We could not fetch much information about "How to reach Hogenakkal from Dharmapuri". One can rely on six seaters or local busses of Tamilnandu road transport.

- The much better option with more frequent busses is to go to Hosur from Bangalore (40 km) and take another connecting bus (Tamilnandu Road Transport) to Hogenakkal

- Another off beat option can be taking a train till Dharmapuri (there are some 4-5 trains) and again hunting a commutation till the real falls.

- You can also try it as a bike riding option; given you own a bike in Bangalore.
- Hire a Taxi (6 INR per km), Return trip will cost you 2900 INR including Tamilnandu road tax (300 INR) and Driver charges (200 INR).

Crowded Hogenakkal Waterfalls
                                                             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
                                                            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.

Places to stay: If you want to stay there for some days there are many cheap accommodation, lodges on the Tamilnandu side of the Hogenakkal falls. Surroundings also offer flat land for pitching the tents.

Places to eat: There are many snack shops selling cold drinks and usual stuff however you can find fried and spicy fishes at almost every inch. Unfortunately Hogenakkal does not offer luxury of restaurants.

Coracles at Hogenakkal Waterfalls
                                                              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
                                                    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
                                                       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
                                                            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
                                                    Coracles : Distant View at Hogenakkal Waterfalls

Things to be Improved:

- At different places, there were unauthorized tolls charging 10-20 INR for passing the vehicle. It's an illegal practice and should be vanished.

- Around Falls, sometimes you will have to pay to cross various water channels. these tickets are also unnecessary. They will charge some 30 INR for cameras that too not valid for the entire region.

- Body/Hair Massage experts must be controlled.
- The Worst thing was truck loads of tourists drinking in open and creating annoyance for others. Even police officials were involved in it.

- There should be a coracle just for crossing the fall (Cheaper one) or a bridge at some distance

River Cauvery just before the dawn
                                                        River Cauvery just before the dawn


Mistakes and Learning / Travel Tips:


- After reaching Hogenakkal Waterfalls, One should hire a coracle at the first place and reach to another side of the river which is much serene and offers better place to take bathe and do photography. Try to spend much time on Karnataka side of the fall which also offers a bush walk through an herbal forest.

- Crocodile Sanctuary is another place nearby which you can plan in your one day excursion from Bangalore.
- One can also go for small hill tracks or jungle walks in Melagiri hills in the vicinity of Hogenakkal Waterfalls.

Is it good if we visit this

Is it good if we visit this week? Is boating facilities available and are we allowed to get into the water?

In my opinion there are

In my opinion there are seevarl things that make this a good image.First, the setting within the firs. This perspective is striking and different from most waterfall images.Next, the sharpness and detail visible in the trees. It is crisp and well focused. Lastly, your choice of high contrast processing makes fine highlights in the trees stand out even more. Looks great in black and white.

Thanks for your comment. Keep

Thanks for your comment. Keep dropping by.

+- Vishnu

An insightful blog. We are

An insightful blog. We are planning to stick with your suggestions Vishnu and visiting this place in upcoming weekend. Will share our experience shortly.

Thanks Abhishek..I hope you

Thanks Abhishek..I hope you had awesome time at Hogenakal waterfalls.

+- Vishnu

Dear Raj..thank you for the

Dear Raj..thank you for the information and the cons you have mentioned here are exactly the same.The government should control and exercise their power in right way which could boost tourism and make the ambience pretty conducive.

Thanks Ashima.. Keep dropping

Thanks Ashima.. Keep dropping by.

+- Vishnu

Hogenakkal Waterfalls, known

Hogenakkal Waterfalls, known as the \\\'Niagara\\\' falls of India, are not a single waterfall but a series of falls and they offer a promising holiday destination for nature lovers from within and outside the country.

Yes indeed.

Yes indeed.

Hello Guys...I have created a

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dear Raj...     Your account

dear Raj...    

Your account of this journey is wonderful .... a delightful read for me , I must admit ..

I have a question though ... was this a good time to visit Hogenakkal falls ? as you said it was 

damn hot enroute .... what about visiting this water fall in winters ? ... 

Thanks for appreciation

Thanks for appreciation Vijay.... Monsoon is the best season to visit hogenakkal falls.... yaa it is always hot in tamilnandu... I am not sure which month you are referring as winters... monsoon are the coldest period in this part i guess... As Cauvery is a rain water river, I do not think you can witness the hogenakkal falls in full swing in winters... In Monsoon, The falls look massive and that's for it is visited... hoping the article is helpful... 

dear Raj "winter" - coldest

dear Raj "winter" - coldest months in a year ... tht keeps on changing from one location to another ... like you said, mansoon season is coldest in south ... are you planning for Everest base camp ?? can I join you ?

yaa..i do agree..i think at

yaa..i do agree..i think at time of the year, August-October, it is relatively cold in Tamilnandu...yes Vijay, I am planning to trek till Everest base camp but i think it would not be possible in winters...any idea about the same...I heard April-August is the best time

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