Hogenakkal, Information about Hogenakkal


Information about Hogenakkal

Hogenakkal, literally the ‘smoking rock’ in Kannada language, gets the name from the fine spray that rises as the water hits the rocks and gives the illusion of smoke. The famous falls at the Tamil Nadu  - Karnataka border, amidst scenic surroundings are rated among the most beautiful sites of the South. The broad gushing stream of river Kaveri splits here forming an island, while the main stream channelises and plunges into a deep chasm, creating of the most fascinating falls of the country. The waters before reaching here, flows through the forests full of herbs and is believed to possess curative powers. Thus bathing at the falls is considered to be good for health. No visit to Hogennakal is rendered complete without boating in the little parisals, the saucer – shaped country boats. The unique boats take you close to the main falls as well as around the gorge, providing an unforgettable experience. There are also a number of masseurs, who treat the visitors with excellent body massage with specially formulated ponankanni oil, a mixture of herbs from Thiruvarur hills. The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoons. The rugged mountainous area around the falls is also considered to be a ‘trekker’s paradise’.

Around  Hogenakkal

Dharamapuri (47 kms)
Dharampuri, the district headquarters is well known for the 8th century Malligarjunaswamy temple built in the late Pallava style. The shrine is noted for its splendid sculptures and epigraphs. Athiyamankottai, an archaeological site about 8 kms. From Dharmapuri is known for the Chennakeswar temple. It was built by king Krishna Devaraya (Telugu) and Hoysala kings (Karnataka) and is adorned with fine paintings depicting scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

How to reach here

By Air:
Bangalore (130 kms.) is the nearest airport for Hogennakal.

By Rail:

The nearest railhead is and Bangalore are convenient rail heads.

By Road:
Connected by good road from Dharmapuri, Salem and Bangalore. Tourist taxis and buses are available.

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