November 14, 2009 Leave a comment
Hogenakkal falls also called Niagara of India was the destination for this weekend’s outing. This was a place which I wanted to visit, but couldnt due to lack of company or my parents unwillingness to send me there.
After discussing a few options,me and my friend headed out to hogenakkal in my car as I wanted to go this place no matter the cost. After picking up my friend from basavanagudi at 6.45, we zipped past the empty bylanes to reach BTM layout where we had encountered a little traffic. Soon we reached hosur road which was amazing empty since it was only 7.15 in the morning. I was enjoying the drive as there was no traffic. We reached attibele and the road widened up as this stretch was relatively empty except for a few trucks which were blocking our path , I had to drive carefully as people run across the road and I didnt want to hit anyone
With a pedal to metal kind of driving we reached A2B restaurant around 8. A quick stop of breakfast and we were off. My friend took over the driving and we proceeded further. Since we had the whole day i told my friend to reduce the speed and we were cruising at speeds of 80-90 kms/hr.
Crossing krishnagiri we reached dharampuri. After negotiating the traffic we entered the state highway , which was maintained neatly. We were proceeding at a constant pace when we the signboards welcoming us to hogenakal. The winding provided some good scenery, which my lens duly captured
Winding Roads to Hogenakal
As we moved further , we reached the ghats. The road going down to the falls provided with some excellent views. A small photo-session was conducted there to capture the amazing scenery
scenery near hognekkal falls
We reached hogenkkal falls and since this was my first visit to this place, I wasnt quite sure what to expect. I had read in numerous blogs that the moment u reach the parking lot people swarm the car/bike and ask if we want to see the falls or get a massage. The blogs do not lie n this was the case here.
We initially thought the falls would be located close by which can be seen from afar, which is not the case. Coracle or commonly called theppa in local language is the only way to reach the falls
Coracle /theppa is a round bamboo boat which is lined with animal hide/canvas and tar at the bottom used in South India mostly
The price for a full 2 hour ride is 600 Rs, which as per the coracle ppl is fixed by the govt. However the price can be bought down after some hard negotiating.
People come from Karnataka / TN and also from kerala to see the falls all through out the year.
Me and my friend decided to take the full 2 hour ride as we had come all the way to see the falls. The coracle guy said we can pay after seeing the falls and if we are convinced. We started the downhill ride for the first series of falls.
Falls from another angle
After spending some time taking photos we proceeded further. The rocky view provided a good spot for taking some nice photos. With the water and the rocks the place looked like a mini grand canyon
Mini GC ????
The ride continues until we have to break and walk a further 1 km to reach the main falls.
The main falls is present in the Karnataka side and per the locals the entire was once abode of veerappan. The falls is part of MM Hills forest range. After spending some time there we headed back.
Hogenkkal Main Falls
After paying the guy 500 for 2 hrs we left hogenkkal at 1.30 in the afternoon. While coming we took an alternate route (Hogenakkal->Rayakottai->Palakkodu->Hosur->Bangalore) which helped us avoid the highway.
The roads were very good and the drive was pleasurable. We reached Bangalore at 5 and I reached home by 6.30
Some facts about hognekkal
Hogenakkal is a series of 20 odd water falls present at the Karnataka-TN border. Since it is present at the border the falls are called TN falls and Karnataka Falls
Distance from Bangalore – 180 Kms
Mode of transport to see the falls – Only way to see the falls is by using the coracle
Fare - 30 at the entrance , 20 for coracle. 500-600 for 2 hrs coracle ride(price can be bargained)
Best time to visit the falls – Though the falls can be visited all year-round , best time to visit is post monsoon when the falls will be full
Note: There is no hotels in hogenkkal apart from hotel tamilnadu. The only hotel enroute is A2B
Snaps can be found here