Starting from : Bangalore
Destination : Hogenekkal Waterfalls
Crew : Graduation friends
As getting nearer, every one's attention will be dragged by the roaring sound of Cauvery/Kaveri river and surprised to see plenty of herbal vegetation. WELCOME TO THE LAND OF SMOKING ROCKS - "HOGENAKKAL WATERFALLS", popularly known an Indian Niagara. It is istuated in Dharmapuri Dist in Tamil Nadu, which is around 150 KM drive from Bangalore.
As get-together party, 2 years after graduation, we planned one day trip to visit this place. Even though we started early in the morning, we reached Hogenekkal by noon, as we halted considerably good amount of time in between for breakfast and permit related stuff at state check post. The first thing which yo will come across after getting down there is CORACLE(small round boat) drivers. You need to act wisely with them; otherwise you will need to pay huge amount for them. This is the main source of income for those guys. Somehow we managed to take 2 coracles(to & fro)...of course we paid a lot :-)
One way coracle drive will be happen in 2 stretches. First one will be till waterfalls, ther we need to get down and walk tillwe cross the falls. Second stretch will start from here to a small island nearby in kaveri river. Here you will get chance to play/bath in water which supposed to having some curative nature, as the river flows thru the dense forest consists of herbal plants. Apart from this you can see spa like environment with few people taking body massage. We enjoyed a lot by playing in water. Need to be careful while playing as the force of the water will be really high, of course it depends on the season as well. Everyone got exhausted with their energy and this was the time we got the delicious meal( since we were literally hungry), popularly called as "Meen Kolumbu", gravy kind of thing prepared with fish. After enjoying the meal at sunshine, we all started back to Bangalore and reached almost late night.
Some other attractions of this place are having history of film making, kids diving into water from around 30 meters height(Just like hero introduction seen in RAVAN....hope some part of this movie shooted there) etc., Overall this trip leaves memorable moments, which we can remember throughout our lives.