Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Trip to Hogenakkal Falls [Mini Niagara]….

After completing a nice trip of Coorg with best buddies, it was the time to spend a rocking week end with colleagues (would like to say friends).We planed to visit Skandhagiri (Kalavarahalli betta).This place is well known for its height, we can touch clouds from the top of this hill. This place is around 90 km from silicon city. So we planed to leave Bengaluru by night and reach the trekking point by early morning. Pavan told that we can reach top of hill in 2hrs.We thought it would be grate that we witness the Sunrise.
My friend Pavan took initiative and asked one of his friends about the place. But we got disappointing news from his friend that trekking was not allowed in the Skandhagiri. Forest department was not allowing trekking now days. None of us wants to drop the trip so we planned another naturally beautiful place where we can see the different form of nature. Calmly flowing river and another one is with highly aggressive at the point of falls. Yes the place is known as Hogenikal Falls.

This falls is situated around 150Km from Bengaluru. Malatesh arranged a Quails. We started our journey when the rain was trying to cool the silicon city. We finished our breakfast at a hotel opposite to Electronic City. Some of my friends told that we won’t get any food at Hogenikal. But Praveen had been once to Hogenikal and told that food is available there. To be safer side we took some food from hotel. We left the Karnataka border after taking TP (I don’t know what TP is? I think it may be travel permission). We paid 750/- for the TP and head towards Hosur.

RTO Office where we got TP....

On the way to Hogenikal...

We reached our destiny at 12 noon. This place is in Tamilnadu. We can reach the falls through Markuta which is in Karnataka.

Way from Markuta...

This is the place where Kaveri river enters Tamilnadu...
Board at the Entrance...

To reach falls, we should travel through small boats (Teppa). As it was Sunday, the boatman offered us 150/- per head for one full round of the river and asked extra 150 for waiting at the falls. We bargained with the person and fixed 200/- head so that he could wait around 2hrs. He told on weekdays the rate will be less. We didn’t face any language problem as my friend Madan knows Tamil. And one more thing is almost all boatmen know Kannada there.
We have to take a ticket to go in boat from government office situated at this place. Ticket cost is per head 50/- (10+40, 10rs for government and 40 for boatman). The 200 per head what we pay is not fixed by government.
Our start point...

Ready for Service....


We were 9 in number (including our cab driver). It was my first experience in the small manual boat (before this I traveled in a machine boat with my grandpa at Arabian Sea in Bombay when I was 8yrs old). So was little bit scared. It was a nice experience to sail in fully Calm River.

There are two falls. One is situated at Tamilnadu and another one is at Karnataka. These two falls are addressed as Tamilnadu falls and Karnataka falls respectively by local people. We first reach the falls which is in Tamilnadu. It was beautiful. We really enjoyed here. All of us were posing in different angles for the snaps.
This is the good time (October-December) to visit there, as water level is less in the river. If the river is full we can’t go by boat.


View of Tamilnadu Falls...


View point...

From this point we again started towards main falls in boat.

The point we started journey towards Karnataka falls...

We sailed in between two hills, one side Karnataka and other side Tamilnadu. It was amazing.

The picture covering two states...


After traveling some time we reached one small falls. We played in water some time.

Small falls on the way....

Mobile Service in River...

From here we started walking towards the “Mini Niagara”. Yes that is the Hogenikal Falls situated in Karnataka. It is awesome, really beautiful. The water falls from three sides. We four people (Me, Harsha, Pavan and Praveen) were spent lot of time at the edge of the falls. Other four (Malatesh, Madan, Naveen and Pritishankar) were resting near the falls and enjoying in there own way……
We found one place to swim there. But it was not a good place to swim as there were lots of rocks submerged in the water. Pavan and Harsha got hurt. I would like to thank Pavan and Harsha for taking my individual snaps… :)

Mini Niagara....


Closer View.....


Our boatman asked us about our lunch plan. Then we realized we forgot our parcel in cab only… Then he told that, meals are available there. We ordered 9 plate Rice Samber and 6 fish fry (as I, Pavan and Harsha are veggies). Rice Samber cost 25/- and Fish Fry for 10/-
After having our lunch we left the place. It was really great experience. Every one of us enjoyed a lot…After making payment to boatman we left the place by 5pm and reached Bangalore by 9 O clock….


For more snaps click following link-
http://picasaweb.google.com/manju.ngl/HogenikalNov2008#

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