Hogenakkal Waterfalls is on the river Cauvery in the Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu about 135 km off of Bengaluru. Often called the "Niagara Falls of India", the Hogenakkal falls is known for the medicinal property of the water and the special boat rides. The carobonitite rocks found here are supposed to be some of the oldest in South Asia and in the world. It is about 18 km from the town of Dharmapuri.
During the dry season, when the water from the falls does not have strong currents, special coracles (round boats) take passengers out for rides. One can buy freshly caught fish that are sold by the gorge and also in the coracles. Hawkers selling various other items, including packaged water and snacks, are common here. Once out of the water, the fresh fish can be given to one of the many kitchens around the fall to be cooked.
Pennagaram is a village which in the midst of a dense forest. It is the best way to move out of Hogenakkal and is about 15 km away. The path which connects Hogenakkal and Pennagaram is a fascinating winding road.
One can encounter anything from beautiful fields of mulberry, feed for silkworms, and most importantly, the brightly coloured statues made out of terracotta, which are called Aiyanars by the locals all in the rural setting. These statues, considered as the guardian deities of the village, represent everything from ancient warriors to modern policemen. The colourful weekly fair is also a spectacle for the tourists.
Subramanya Siva memorial is a monument that was built to commemorate the brave young patriot Subramanya Siva. Subramanya was born in 1884 in a small town called Vathalagundu near Madhurai and is known as Tamil Nadu’s one of the most renowned revolutionaries. He worked closely with V.O Chidamparam Pillai and the poet patriot Subramanya Bharati and was an inspiration and influence to many young men who joined the freedom movement.
Being Madras Presidency’s first political prisoner, his belief was that violence is the right response for violence when other methods fail. He was a poet and a scholar and penned the ‘Ghana Bhanu’, a compilation of poems and a book 'Jail Life', which portrayed his experiences in the jail. This monument in Papparapatti in Pennagram Taluk was constructed in his Samadhi or tomb after his death in July 1925.