Hogenakkal Falls- A Most Spectacular Place to See

Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakkal Falls

On our arrival at Hogenakkal Falls, we came to a booth next to a small rope bridge. The bridge spanned a gorgeous river which had cut its way through a large ravine over a long patient span of time.  As the men in the booth asked about our camera our host was once again, remarkably generous. He dealt with all the questions, and then paid for everything.  When we insisted on giving money, he politely declined.  “No, sir, please.  You are my guest.”

just some of the waterfalls

just some of the waterfalls

coracle floating down the river

coracle floating down the river

We crossed the small bridge.  A few boys fished off the sides of giant rocks, throwing lines into the water below.  We walked along the falls for a bit, cool mist spraying our faces, until we came to a spot with a small shrine.  Our host explained that we were not allowed to continue over the rocks unless we were barefoot because it was considered holy.  And as we took off our sneakers (only tourists wore sneakers here anyway) and walked barefoot, I enjoyed the rough feeling of the rock under my feet.

waterfalls

waterfalls

water bubbling everywhere

water bubbling everywhere

the pathways

the pathways

some more of the falls

some more of the falls

Dozens of men stood under a nearby waterfall, bathing under its beneficent flows, some even using soap.  A guardrail kept them from being swept over the next falls and down the river.

Words could hardly describe the beauty of this place.  It seems more a fantasy painting of a fairyland other-world than some real place here on earth.  The idyllic river spins out in every direction: foamy, white fingers overflowing into a giant fault in the rocks.   The giant waterfalls this creates rush through green trees and roll down rocks into the new flow forging its way through the bottom of the gorge.

stairs down the waterfall with coracle at bottom

stairs down the waterfall with coracles at bottom

gentler waters

gentler waters

Below us, in the gorge, a family of four coasted over the river on a tiny round boat made of some light wood and vinyl, the underside coated with a black tarlike substance to keep the water out: the coracle.  We decided to go for a ride.  Our craft glided across the water, the rider expertly navigating through the turbulent areas by following the quiet ones.

Hogenakkal Falls… easily one of the most spectacular places I’ve visited so far.

man with Coracle

man with Coracle

our driver on our ride on the coracle

our driver on our ride on the coracle

people bathing at the falls

people bathing at the falls

monkey trying to determine the best way into our car for more food- on our drive to the falls

monkey trying to determine the best way into our car for more food- on our drive to the falls

beggars- we had to stop and share some fruit with them, as do many tourists

beggars- we had to stop and share some fruit with them, as do many tourists

Share?  That pleading face didn't convince the big guy.

Share? That pleading face didn’t convince the big guy.

we passed through countryside with villages on the ride home

we passed through countryside with villages on the ride home

our ride back from the falls passed many small villages

woman carrying basket on her head- a common sight throughout India

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12 thoughts on “Hogenakkal Falls- A Most Spectacular Place to See

  1. Hi.

    when did you go there? we are planning to go thr but not sure in march will there be enough water in this. Can you please tell me

    Regards
    Nirbhay

    • Hi Nirbhay. We went in late November so I’m not sure exactly what the water will be like in March. I do remember something about the coracles going out when the water is less turbulent, might that be the dry season? Wish I could be more helpful. It is quite a beautiful place and I do hope you get to see it.

  2. Hi Nice Photos,

    When you taken these photos, is it your recent visit?. We are planing for this weekend, little bit concern about Season timing is it ok now to visit there?
    Retheesh.

    • Thanks Retheesh. We visited the falls in late November, and that seemed like a good time to go. I’m not sure how they are right now. It’s definitely worth a see though, at some point. Best of luck to you & if you go maybe you could let us know how they were!

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