Travelogue by Rogen
Journey to Hogenakkal - Rogen Joseph
When one of my close friend Charles came home for vaccation from Cannada we plan a three day trip to Hognekkal - Yercaud - Kolli Hills. We left our home town Pala around 8 pm. Affter eating dinner at Dhaba near Angamali we proceed to Hogenakkal via Bhavani. When Jom starts driving Car fly's in high speed and we reach Hogenakkal around 4.30 AM....Ho! one hour ealier than google map suggest. We take a hotel room in Hognekkal for Fresh Up and a Micro Sleep.
Hogenakkal is a hamlet situated in Tamil Nadu bordering Karnataka. The two Kannada words 'Hoge' means 'Smoke' and 'kal' means 'rocks' give meaning to the word Hogenakkal as Smoky Rocks. Hogenakkal is situated in Dharmapuri District of Tamilnadu and is a famous tourist destination becuase of waterfalls on Kaveri River and boating.
Affter Breakfast we move towards boating area. Boating in Coracles made of Bamboo is major attraction in Hogenakkal. The coracles are about 2.24 m in diameter. Coracles can load of eight persons (7 visitors & 1 boatman) at a time. Don’t be surprised when a boatman asks you for Rs. 300 to take you on a coracle ride. Heavy bargaining is recommended. Boating Charges in Hogenakkal are Rs 250 per head for 3 hour boating and 160 per head for one hour boating. We take two coracles and begins boating. Four of us with boat man sit in one Coracle and rest Four with boat man in another.
When boat reach a certain point boat man takes boat in head followed by all of us by walk. Later he take us closer to Falls.
Boating continues again and finishes near Karnataka Border and you can eat good Fish Fry here.
Other than Boating you can enjoy Bathing nor Fishing or Swimming in Hogenakkal. We request not to take bath in Monsoon season becuase many loss of lifes are reported.
Oil Massaging in Hogenakkal Falls is done by local malishkarans who have the expertise in applying their massaging tricks in the fourteen massage points in the human body. Oil massaging is chaeaper in Hognekkal. Some offer us Oil massaging for 100 rs. Are they fake or real??
Affter half an hour return journey in coracle begins. Boatman drop us near Hognekkal Falls. Hogenakkal falls on Kaveri River in Dharmapuri District of Tamilnadu are a whole series of waterfalls spread over an area of one Kilometer approximately. The Carbonatite rocks found near the waterfall are one of the oldest in the world. The water drops from an elevation of about 65 ft at its highest point and from 15 ft at its lowest point.
And for my readers, The Hogenakkal falls was closed in monsoon season do to heavy discharge of water from the Kabini and Krishnaraja Sagar dams. So plan a trip soon affter monsoon. You can reach waterfall only by hiring coracles. It's better to keep your high end smart phones in water proof cover during boating becuase chances of phones dip in water can't be neglected near falls. As a place hognekkal is less developed. Hognekkal lacks good accomodation facilities
We return backs to hotel room and affter doing necessary primary needs proceed towards next destination Yercaud in Salem district, Tamilnadu.