Hogenakkal is a small village on the Cauvery river in the Dharmapuri district of Tamilnadu. It gets its name from Kannada words, 'Hoge' meaning ‘Smoke’ and 'kal' meaning ‘rocks’ and hence the term Hogenakkal meaning ‘Smoky Rocks’. A smoky appearance on the rock is created by the water plummeting forcefully. This riverside village is located approximately 150 kilometers from the busy metropolitan city, Bengaluru and is on the borders of the two states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
It is a popular weekend destination for domestic and foreign tourists. The sound of the gushing Cauvery, freshly caught fish which can be fried in one of the many kitchens by the river, the expert masseuse’s rejuvenating oil massage using local herbs, special oils and ancient knowledge of massage pints handed from generation to generation, all make Hogenakkal an interesting experience.
There’s more that Hogenakkal has to offer the tourists. For those who like a little adventure, can opt for swimming in the stream near the waterfalls, it is not as easy as it seems and should only be tried by expert swimmers. Or one can go for long treks along the Melagiri Hills which will not only be an exciting experience in the fresh forest air but also offer breathtaking views of the lush greenery and beauty of the place.
It is not for nothing that many filmmakers choose Hogenakkal as the set for many romantic songs.
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One of the main attractions in Hogenakkal is the coracle boat ride in the river Cauvery. Coracles are special circular basket boats which are covered with plastic sheets to keep the water from entering from the bottom.
Strike a deal with the boatman and enjoy a ride in Cauvery. Although seemingly small, one boat can carry upto 8 people.
Apart from the food, and the makeshift spa treatment from the local masseurs, also known as malish-karans, another unique attraction in Hogenakkal is the local kids displaying their diving skills from 30 feet high cliff into the river. These kids usually charge 5/- for each dive.
The place has good connectivity.
Hogenakkal experiences a pleasant weather almost throughout the year. However the period after monsoon has the river in spate and makes it an ideal time to visit.