Hogenakkal Falls, Hogenakkal

Hogenakkal Falls

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About Hogenakkal Falls (Water Fall)

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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Dharma Raju

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  • Dharma Raju
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 1 Review
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  666 readers
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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Srinu Chinna

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  • Srinu Chinna
  • Lives in Kakinada
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • 296

Selvakumar P

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  • Lives in Erode
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  •  47 helpful votes
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  • Posted Jan 25, 2016
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Debarshi Ghosh

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  • Debarshi Ghosh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 photos
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"The fun is at the other side of the river"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2016
Me and my friends (group of 8) visited Hogenakkal Falls on 4th Sept 2016.

From Bangalore we took the route via Hosur-Uddanapalli-Haleseebam-Rayakottai-Mallupati-Palacode-Pulikarai-Pennagaram-Hogenakkal. It's around 165 km from Electronics City, Bangalore.

The road is quite good. We took a Toyota Qualis and drove it at around 70 kmph average speed.

We started from E City at morning 7:30 then we had breakfast at Hosur and finally reached at Congeal Falls Car parking at 11 am. We had to pay total 3 tolls (25+40+30 on the way) and 30 for parking at Hogenakkal (the interstate tax excluded).

You will get ATM's, Stationery Shops, Hotel, Bar (opens after 11 am) at the Parking place itself..

Well now there is a Y-intersection from Hygienically Car parking. The left way (600 meters) takes you to the Hanging Bridge' and the right way (700 meters) takes you to the crocodile rehabilitation center, river bank, food stalls and other things.

Now the main falls is at the end of the left way which I directed before. But here comes the 'catch', to see the main falls you need to go at the hanging bridge' which costs you a ticket. And the way till there is dirty, nasty and very crowded and smelly. Local people takes Bath at the both side of this way wherever they feel comfortable. And the oil-massage under open roof adds the weird smell to the air. Don't expect the oil massage would be comfortable, rather you may find it's too much awkward seeing a mid age guy with a over sized belly fat is just trying to be top on the customer with handful of oil and do nothing but rubbing the oil wherever he wants. Don't stay in this area for long. I would suggest don't even buy the ticket to see the main falls, there is a bigger thing hidden on the other side and local people and police on duty won't tell you about that. And yeah the boating near the main falls has been stopped and banned by the authority now.

You need to keep in mind one thing, many local thugs will be roaming in this area asking for massage service or to buy other things, just stay away from them, ignore them. And come back to the car parking junction.

Now the happiest part, the right way from the Y intersection. Once walk few meters through that way you will see a Crocodile Rehabilitation center at the right side, keep walking straight few more meters and at the left side of the road you will see shops with cooked fishes. Buy them, those are fresh and very tasty. And then enter inside the boundary wall and keep walking towards the river. You will find Puja activity and offerings, few women and men take Bath at the river bank. Here you need to look around and ask for boating. Or before you enter the boundary wall gate you can ask for boating to the locals at the fish shops they have contacts, they will arrange the boats for you. This place is less crowded and peaceful. The boating at this place is banned too but few locals still do it to earn good. Trust me you should take the boats from here, they will take you to the fall (the photo I have posted), you can park the boat there, enjoy the falls, take Bath and come back from where you started. Typical charge is 1000/- for one boat which includes 4 visitors and the boat owner, duration is 2 hours. You can extend the duration with few extra bucks. The boat is a round shaped unique boat. While coming back to the river bank the route is slightly different for the boat, so after Bath you need to walk few meters to board at the boat again. This part of the trip is heavenly beautiful. You can check the photos.

We came back to the river bank by 5:15 pm. And then walked till parking, boarded in to the car and had dinner near Hosur and reached home at 10 pm.

For the boating if you don't find anyone or find it overpriced, contact Mr. Mani, 9753265024. He has a boat. He was very helpful and polite during our ride at his boat.

PS- Make sure you complete your lunch before you go for boating otherwise you may feel damn hungry while enjoying most at the falls.
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Visit this place with family"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jun 3, 2016
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
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  •  240 helpful votes
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"Best place to visit after rainy season"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 13, 2016
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
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"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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"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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"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
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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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Laxman Godthi

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  • Laxman Godthi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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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
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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
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"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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