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    Hogenakkal (Tamilnadu), known as the 'Niagara Falls of India', the Hogenakal waterfall in the Dharmapiri district in Tamilnadu is a popular tourist destination.

    When the water falls on the rocks it appears as if hoge (smoke in Kannada) is emanating from the top of the kal (rock in Tamil) because of the force of the water, hence Hogenakkal (smoking rocks). It is also called as Marikottayam by the people of Tamil Nadu.

    Hogenakkal is located about 750 feet above sea level amidst the Melagiri Hills. The route to Hogenakkal Falls is scenic, with lush mulberry fields and giant terracotta guardian deities (Aiyanars), as you approach Hogenakkal, the roar of the Cauvery river and the abundance of vegetation in the area is sure to catch your attention. Hogenakkal is a beautiful place with picturesque scenes.

    The waterfall amidst the lush green and serene surroundings makes it an idyllic and excellent excursion destination for tourists-both domestic and foreign.

    However, weekends here are rather fast paced as the place is chock- a- block with people, coming here to soak in the water showers or enjoy a boat ride. Boating in Hogenakkal is allowed during the dry-season as the water falls are not strong to disrupt the passage of the boats.

    Besides providing a perfect leisure spot, the waterfall is known for its healing properties. People suffering from skin ailments especially come here to take a herbal power shower. "The water here is excellent. It flows through various places. Taking a bath in the fall is good as the water has medicinal properties. The water comes here from Baramandla covering a distance of 350 kilometres.

    The Kaveri River is considered to form at Talakaveri in the Brahmagiri hills in Kodagu district in Karnataka and gathers momentum as the land drops in elevation. It becomes larger as various tributaries feed into it on the way down. At Hogenakkal, the Kaveri, now a large river, drops and creates numerous waterfalls as the water cuts through the rocky terrain. In places the water falls as much as 20 m and is said to sound like continual thunder. Soon after the falls the river takes a Southerly course and enters the Mettur reservoir.

    Hogenakkal waterfall is a beautiful picnic spot with its waters supposed to be having curative powers. Hogenakkal is set in thick, green woods and is considered both a sacred bathing place and a spa-like health resort. Here the water spreads for miles around. The area is surrounded by hills and offers lovely panoramic view. People can take bath in the Kaveri river, before and beyond the falls. Before reaching Hogenakkal, the river flows through a forest which contains herbs that are traditionally believed to enhance health. Hence bathing in these waters are believed to be curative.

    Tourists especially from other states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh come here to enjoy a boat ride on the lake, which receives water from the fall.

    The lake is very nice. It's a fantastic place, especially the boating and all is very good. The valleys and the falls here are simply superb.

    The tourists who want a bit more thrill prefer an upstream boat ride through the water falling from a high altitude should visit Hogenakkal. Best time to visit will be October – March.

    By Road

    Several taxis and buses ply from Bangalore to Hogenakkal and Salem to Hogenakkal. It is a two and a half hour drive to the falls from Bangalore.

    By Rail

    Salem 114 km and Bangalore 130 km are the nearest railway stations from this place.

    By Air

    The nearest Airport is Bangalore, situated at a distance of 130 km from Hogenakkal.

    Accommodations

    Tourists visiting Hogenakkal can either stay in KSTDC tourist bungalow or Hotel Tamil Nadu.

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