Hogenakkal is a riverside, busy and noisy village in Tamil Nadu, with plenty of vegetation and little habitation. This place is famous for waterfalls. Hogenakkal Falls is a quiet and beautiful waterfall and is a good picnic spot. Its water is believed to have curative powers as the Kaveri flows through a forest of herbs on its journey to Hogenakkal.
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.
Hogenakkal is considered as one of the most beautiful places in the state. The broad stream of the River Kaveri gets forked at this point, forming an island from where one stream continues on while the other plunges into a deep chasm to create one of the loveliest waterfalls, giving these rocks the name Hogenakkal which means "smoking rock".
This riverside spa is famous for coracles, masseurs and roaring waters. The sound of the Kaveri river, roaring between rocky banks, is a constant presence in most places in Hogenakkal. At Hogenakkal, the Kaveri river enters the plains and the river dashing against the rocks is a great sight.
Another attraction is the diving skills of local kids, who can show their diving skills for a fee. They can dive for you from a height of around 30 feet into the water and climb straight up back on the rocks in no time, all for mere Rs 5/- from the spectator.
Once in Hogenakkal, one can take a coracle ride across the river. The coracles or circular basket boats are covered with black plastic sheets and carry the ferry tourists across the shimmering, rippling river. The ride will take to the foot the majestic waterfalls – an exhilarating yet intimidating experience. The water here surges under the coracle, tossing it around, raging and hissing as though it might flood and capsize the boat any moment. The sight of Hogenakkal up close is as spellbinding, imposing and even a bit frightening. This white waterfall is particularly impressive soon after the monsoon months when the river is brimming.
One can try getting a massage from the famed Hogenakkal masseurs. The local malishkarans or the mystic masseurs are armed with oils, powders and esoteric knowledge about the different massage points in the human body. There are also a few women masseurs. The massage offered here is a nice experience for the visitors.
Hogenakkal offers long treks in the surrounding Melagiri Hills and one can explore the lush, rugged, landscape. Hogenakkal is unique as it is the only natural, traditional river spa in the land. It also offers a thrilling experience, and as an added bonus, one can visit the giant terra-cotta village guardians, the Aiyanars, on the way to Hogenakkal.
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Travel within city
The village of Hogenakkal is located in the district of Dharmapuri in the State of Tamil Nadu. The main modes of transport in the region of Hogenakkal Falls are buses and walking on foot. You can also opt for boat rides in the river Cauvery while visiting Hogenakkal.
The village of Hogenakkal is small, and tourists can easily cover all the interesting locations present within its boundaries on foot. Walking through the village can be a relaxing experience, and tourists normally go for this option when visiting the village of Hogenakkal.
Buses are available within the village limits. Most of these buses are buses that connect the village of Hogenakkal to other villages in and around the place, and tourists can take these buses in order to get in and around the village of Hogenakkal too.
Boats will also be available to travel from one bank of the Cauvery River to another, and these can be taken up for rates ranging around Rs 15 to 30. You can also opt for adventure rides through coracles. While these are not actual modes of transport per se, they are a fun opportunity to explore the waterways.
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