Hogenakkal falls is called Nayagara Falls of India. It is situated on the border of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. There are two routes to reach the place. One is via Hosur and Krishnagiri and the other one is taking shortest path at Hosur, but the roads are not good.
Me, VMH, Ravi, Adiga, Manju Bhat and Seena, 6 of us started from Bangalore on rainy morning on 3 bikes at 7.45am. We reached Krishnagiri at 9.30am. Vardhan joined us in Krishnagiri on highway. He had come from KGF. We had heavy breakfast in Krishnagiri
There is a Dam near Krishnagiri called Kaveripattinam Dam(or Krishnagiri Dam) 6 km from the city. Spent some time at the dam. Left for Hogenakkal at 11.30. Hogenakkal is around 75km from the dam
Reached the Falls at 1pm. The place was crowded with the tourists as it was long weekend. There were many people asking for Coracle(teppa in kannada) ride and Hogenakkal special Body massage. I had read in many blog about bargaining in hogenakkal and bargained a lot for Coracle ride but in vain as there were a lot of tourists on that day. Finally agreed for 1000 Rs including Entrance fee and Jeep charge for all 7 of us.
Coracle ride during Mansoon starts from 2 km from the starting place where the shops are situated as the water level is high infact very high when water is released from KRS dam. If the water level is high then coracle ride is a must to watch the Falls otherwise its not possible to have glimpse of the falls.
There are no safety precautions available for the coracle ride. Once on the coracle we don’t have the option but to believe in the Rower's experience and ability (Ambiga naa ninna nambide…!!!). However they are really experienced.
After few minutes of ride downstream we were on the other side of the river kaveri. We split up into a group of 3 and 4 so that it will be helpful for him to carry us near the falls. He carried 4 of us near the falls and went back upstream to get the other group.
The falls was breathtakingly beautiful. We went to the last point possible to take photographs.We could see rainbows near the falls which added to the beauty of the falls.
There is one viewpoint near the falls but a part of it was under water. We spent some time and again we were taken to the other side in 2 groups. Walked on the small trail upstream for few mins. And we all were taken to the starting point on coracle. It took us 2 hours for the ride. For Non vegetarians it will be a paradise as we can find fish and other stuffs everywhere.
We left Hogenakkal at 4.30. We chose shortest path to come back (130km). But the road was very bad for about 15kms. We were back to Bangalore at 8pm with couple of stops for evening snacks and other stuffs. Already started planning to visit the same place may be during January-February time to see other side or another view of the falls…!!!