Hogenakkal Falls, Hogenakkal
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Hogenakkal Falls

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About Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakkal Falls is often known as the 'Niagara of India'. Located in the Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu, it lies at a distance of about 180 kilometres from Bangalore and 46 kilometres from Dharmapuri. Importance of the site can be assessed by the fact that the destination derived its name from the water cascades that fall from a great height, creating an aura of smoke.

A waterfall in South India on the Kaveri River, it has gained immense fame for its medicinal baths and hide boat rides. Considered as one of the oldest in the world and the oldest of its kind in South Asia, carbonatite rocks adorn the site. Owing to its water that is supposed to be having curative power, the site is a beautiful picnic spot.

Comprising a series of falls, these are resulted by the forking of the broad stream of the Kaveri River forming an island. One of the forked streams plunges into a deep chasm to create the falls. Set in thick, green woods, it is often considered to be a sacred bathing place and a spa-like health resort.


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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Selvakumar P

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  • Selvakumar P
  • Lives in Erode
  • 1 Review
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  6 readers
  • Posted Jan 25, 2016
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44 traveller reviews for Hogenakkal Falls

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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 59 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  14437 readers

"Visit this place with family"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a bike trip, in New Year, to Hygienically. It took us around 4 hrs to reach. Overall the road condition is good, at some places you may find many potholes and bumps.

The place may seem to be boring if you are a bachelor as you cannot find an open place, under waterfall, to Bath and enjoy with friends. If you are travelling with family then it may be OK to you as the place is decent and you may find friendly park where your kids can take fun out of it.

There are many fish stalls over there, so non-veggies out there, you must give a try.

The funny thing is you will find some people having a perfect oil massage over their body to take Bath. The amount of oil they apply to their body may confuse you - which may let you think if they are preparing for Kusti (fight) or Bath ;-).

There is a facility for public toilet and of course you need to pay for it as everywhere.

They have also provided some chairs under the roof to sit and relax.

So basically you can find many amenities which is for tourist attraction and they won it.

But if you want to enjoy under fall you should visit Shivanasamudra instead of Hygienically.
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Harsha Anjanappa

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  • Harsha Anjanappa
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 524 photos
  • 33 Reviews
  •  146 helpful votes
  •  7744 readers

"Best place to visit after rainy season"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Beautiful view of waterfalls (shorter length). You get drench in one of those if you chose a ride circle boat. Must visit for nature and rain lovers. Hogenakkal is a series of multiple falls and one of the wonderful creations of the nature. However, in around falls are poorly maintained. Avoid traveling during SUMMER - as there will be low flow of water and will be too hot.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 314 photos
  • 100 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  28504 readers

"Good to visit in Monsoon season"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
It is good to visit in the Rainy season. Many round boat (kutta vanchi) available and we have to bargain to get best price. Fresh fish available and get it fry and eat. Weekends will be more crowded and needs to maintain more by Govt authorities. It is good road from Bangalore.
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Anjan Rajshekar

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  • Anjan Rajshekar
  • 1 Review
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"Amazing falls in India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2016
I visited Hogenakkal Falls in Tamil Nadu. I was very excited seeing the falls and when I went it was little bit rainy, so the water was fully filled. I went for boating which I paid only 100 Rs. And for sightseeing the waterfalls is so good. And who are all not visited please visit once in your life time.
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Pankaj Agrawal

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  • Pankaj Agrawal
  • 1 Review
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"The natures beauty"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
Awesome place to go with family, let me tell you this place will be enjoyed and loved both by kids and adults. I certainly liked it a lot. The apt time to visit this place would be during July - August, because the water level of the falls increase during this time. So you can enjoy every part of the trip. You can also enjoy boating here!
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Mohammed  Ashiq

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  • Mohammed Ashiq
  • Lives in Perinthalmanna
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Hogenakkal Waterfalls, a must seen place"

  • 0.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
Hogenekkal Waterfalls in Tamilnadu is a must seen place in Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu. The boating experiance here is different from other places. Through, the Kaveri River boating is wonderful experiance. It is worth to go there with entire family and a minimum of 4 persons are required in boat at a time
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  • 1 vote

Laxman Godthi

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  • Laxman Godthi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Waste of time, energy and money till main falls are open for public"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Dec 25, 2015
We visited Hogenakkal Falls on 4th Dec and to our surprise main falls were closed and only artificial falls was open and it's not worth going that far for such an experience. For women there was a separate fall which was like a bathroom shower. We recommend checking on the main falls before visiting without main falls it's waste of time and money.
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Rahul pandey

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  • Rahul pandey
  • Lives in Salem
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Not a place to be"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2015
The place is not worth a visit, in summers it would be like a desert. Moreover every where there will be foul smell of fishes being fried. Avoid it.
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Ram kumar

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  • Ram kumar
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  5167 readers

"Relaxing place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2015
This is a very much to relax, boat riding is there and food was very good, fish was very famous and oil massage is also very famous. Must spend time with the family and friends, weekend is much crowd.
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Anu Monisha

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  • Anu Monisha
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nice spot but crowded during vacation and but dirty"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2015
It was a summer night, we all family were together including elders as well children and youngsters, so decided to go to Hogenakkal Falls. We packed and left that night around 11. 00 PM to the railway station. We reached Dharmapuri around 3. 00 AM, there were no transportation facilities to Hogenakkal so halted in the station itself. Early morning after 6. 30 AM we left the station and took a bus to the sightseeing.

Once reaching there we freshened up ourselves and had breakfast, the price was cheap and had lot of food outlets around. The sightseeing was crowded and bit messy as-well, place was filled with people and fishes. There were vendors and sellers of fishes and the ingredients to cook. To the surprise people who stay there had vessels to cook for the visitors. The visitors will purchase the groceries and stuffs for the cooking and give it to those people and they will cook the items we ask for like rice, rasam, fish fry and fish curry, but need to pay them.

My uncle purchased fresh fishes with bit bargaining and also rice from the shop nearby and gave it a woman who is in that field, later we went for the enjoyment. It was a good time to be there with family and especially with cousins, we took some nice pics, and had mangoes topped with some spicy masalas, but be careful with the moneys around they will be back of you'll for the eatables. You get other eatables also around.

First we went to view the falls, it was a good time when we visited because the fall had good flow and looked milky and I was busy taking pics and enjoying the nature. There is also a place where you can climb on a iron steps and view the vast enamoured view of Hogenakkal Falls, and it costed around Rs. 20. As the water was gushing the water sprinkled over me, felt the touch of nature and was drenched with the breeze around. The place is clean but the visitors make it to go flaw, there is also a place where the water comes with great force and when you stand down it's good to free you from stress and also the body pain, and its a huge rush there. There is also a thing which I didn't like there was the body massage, you can see people here and there with body massage and oil over them, it was disgusting for me to be around, they do this because to a good body relief from pain. They take bath there itself and its so annoying, you get the basic toiletries in the shops.

Later we went for boating in the coracle, it was my first ever experience in that, was amazing and new kind of transportation mode it was. Enjoyed going in the wavy river up and down, touching the water and feeling the chillness, the boatman took us to a secluded place to play in the water, we all family had a good time in the water and played well, also the boat man asked us to remember his name so that he can drop us on the river bank while returning, but the price they charged for a person is too expensive and high. Changing room, toilets are there in the site but very far from the falls, it's difficult to walk all the way long to dry up and change clothes.

Next we came to have our lunch which was prepared by the women and it was served hot hot, my family liked the food prepared but me and cousin didn't like much because of the cleanliness around, so we had Apples. At-last we came to the main bus stop purchased some ice-creams and souvenirs in the nearby shops and took the bus which reaches the main city to Railway Station.

Suggest to take goggles, umbrella if needed, clothes to change, water for travelling and though bit cheap take good amount of money to shop around and for the boat ride.
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