Hogenakal Falls – River Kaveri Beckons
Hogenakal Falls is a waterfall located on the river Kaveri in dharmapuri district of Tamil nadu. The waterfall is just 46 kms from bengaluru. Hogenakal waterfall is also known as the “Niagara of India”, and is famous for the hide boat rides. This a major tourist destination, here one can find carbonatite rocks and is considered to be the oldest of its kind in south Asia. There are numerous waterfalls as the water cuts through the rocky terrains. In certain places the water falls at a height of 20 m. At Hogenakal the river spreads out over a wide area of sandy beaches and flows through mettur dam and creates a lake called Stanley reservoir. The best time to visit the place is soon after the monsoons. The summer temperature varies from 23 to 34 degree c and during winters from 13 to 27 degree c.
Boating is allowed only during the dry seasons, when the waterfalls are not strong. The boats which is unique and is made of bamboo can take a load of 8 people at a time. A new project has been proposed by the tamilnadu government named Hogenakal Integrated Drinking Water Project, The objective of this project is to provide safe drinking water to the urban and rural areas in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts. There are many lodges and mid-range accommodation options in Dharmapuri. It is advisable to carry food and water when visiting the falls. Hogenakal bus stand is nearest point from the falls where you can get snacks and refreshments.