Sunday, 20 November 2011

Hogenakkal Falls: Cauvery roaring at the border

Hogenakkal Falls: Cauvery roaring at the border 

Overview: We suddenly decided on Saturday evening that we will visit Hogenakkal falls on Sunday. As we didn't have any vehicle ready for the trip, we decided to travel by public transport, knowing well of the language problems we might face in Tamil Nadu. We reached Bommanahalli at around 6:15am hoping to get a bus to Hogenakkal. After waiting for around 10 mins a bus came which was heading towards Palakkod. We boarded the bus and reached Palakkod at around 9am. It was blazing hot at Palakkod and thankfully we didn't have to wait for long for a bus to Hogenakkal. The stop name was 'Cauvery'. We reached Hogenakkal bus stand by 10:30 am. Got delayed on the way though because of some procession on the way in some village. We were approached immediately for coracle ride to the middle of the falls. After bargaining a bit we agreed for Rs 150 to visit both Karnataka side and the Tamil Nadu side of the waterfalls. We had packed our lunch so we carried it with us. The ride initially was very smooth so we asked the person to swirl the coracle so that we could have some fun. We stopped at one point which was like a mini beachside and went for a small trek into the forest area along the river. We didn't get to see any wildlife though.
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Then again we got into the coracle and proceeded towards the falls. He stopped near the falls and we had to walk a few meters to see the falls. We could not believe the might at which the water was flowing from 3 directions. It was totally magical. It was supposed to be the Karnataka side of the falls.
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We clicked several pictures at the falls and then proceeded towards the Tamil Nadu side of the falls. We stopped a while to have our lunch on the way. We had our lunch under a shade in the coracle itself. Later we proceeded towards the falls. Tamil Nadu falls could be seen as a series of waterfalls next to each other and could be seen across the distance.
We enjoyed the falls to the fullest and headed back towards the base. We saw some people enjoying under the water as we saw while on our way back. The coracle also goes to the base of the falls which is a thrilling experience as we can see in the pics below.
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From the bus stop, we got a bus till Palakkod, from there we got a bus till Hosur. From Hosur we came to Bangalore by KSRTC bus. We reached home at 7:30pm which was good enough considering the distance we travelled by Public transport.
References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogenakkal_Falls
How to reach: Car/Bike: Head on NH7 towards Hosur, at Hosur, take the Denkanikottai road, and head towards Anchetty to reach Hogenakkal.
Bus: Buses are available to Hogenakkal from KR Market, at Bommanahalli, board any bus heading towards Pallakodu, from there many buses available to reach Hogenakkal.
Food/Accommodation: Very little options for food at Hogenakkal. So its advisable to carry food from home.
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17 comments:

  1. बेहतरीन प्रस्तुति। लगता है कि जल्द ही जाना पडेगा

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  2. Wow this place is looking sooooooo beautiful.

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  3. nice pics Arun. I was there twice during 2 different seasons. It never fails to inspire

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  4. had been here ..can relate very well to the places so also..godd post :)

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  5. Thanks Sandeep, Seema, Shrinidihi and Malini.. :)

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  6. Once place which somehow I'm not able to visit till now . I just don't known why . Will try to make it here this weekend .

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  7. Thanks Roopz and TeamG!!
    @TeamG: It a must visit place being in blore.. Try to make it asap.. Its a good time now.. :)

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  8. the first pic looks almost like Ladakh..
    nice stuff. keep it going

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  9. Thanks Sneo!! I noticed it now.. :)

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  10. waterfalls are beautifully captured by you. beautiful pictures.

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  11. lovely pics, love the waterfalls, but it's scary too, don't know how to swim :(

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  12. Thank you Miss Nomad and Harish.
    @Harish: Its not scary.. No need to know swimming.. Just enjoy the falls!!

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  13. Are the coracle rides available now? There was some news that because of floods the falls are not open from November first week?

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  14. Actually I did this trip quite some time ago so I am not aware of the latest developments there. Anyway thanks for the warning and request those who plan to visit this place to check the status...

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  15. I visited the place about a week back, everything is back to normal now

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  16. How long is the walk when once there. Can young kids walk? How long is the drive from lets say hebbal to here? Do you think mom can go there as well? - S. Rao

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