Monday, October 19, 2009

Hogenakkal - Useful Information


Useful Information:
Route from Bangalore :  
Bangalore -> Sarjapur -> Attibelle -> Hosur -> Krishnagiri -> Dharmapuri   -> Hogenakkal
Road Condition : Pretty good once you cross E-city! Smooth ride all along
Distance : 170-180 Kms ( this is the longer route)
Time Taken : 4hrs approx
Alternate route : Bangalore -> Hosur -> RayaKottai -> Palakkodu -> Pennagaram -> Hogenakkal (Shorter distance but not sure about the condition of the roads )
Toilet Facilities : Govt. run facilities available which are decent.
Food : Not much available. Just fish and rice or lays et al from the sailing vendor on Cauvery river ;)
Guesthouses : One VTS Lodge and a Tamilnadu Govt. Guesthouse next to the falls
Coracle : is it possible to avoid the coracles and see the falls? No!
Best Time to Visit: If you want a nice dip in the water - before monsoon
See the falls in its full glory - definitely after monsoon



Things to do in Hogenakkal
- Stop by at Pennagram en-route to Hogenakkal to admire/buy brightly coloured giant terracotta statues, regarded as guardian deities by the villagers.

- Take a coracle ride across the river. The ride will take you to the foot the majestic waterfalls – an exhilarating yet intimidating experience.

- Hardcore adventurer can ask boatman to spin the boat - the experience is like that you are sitting on a spinning top.

- Get a massage from the famed Hogenakkal masseurs. The local malishkarans or the mystic masseurs are fully equipped with oils, powders and esoteric knowledge about the different massage points in the human body.

- Those planning to stay longer can take long treks in the surrounding Melagiri Hills and explore the lush, rugged, landscape.

 

About Hogenakkal: Hogenakkal Information & Fact File
Altitude
250 meters
Temp
Summer
34 (Max) & 23(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter
27 (Max) & 13 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go
October – March
Monsoon
June - September
Summer
April - June
Winter
December - February
Clothes
Cottons all year round
Nearest Airport
Bangalore, 150 km
Nearest Railway Station
Bangalore, 150km
Bus Station
Hogenakkal (Direct buses from Bangalore)
Hospital & Doctor
Hospitals equipped to handle emergencies are located in Bangalore (150 km)
Places to see
Hogenakkal Waterfalls, Pennagaram village, Theerthmalai…





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