Last Saturday I had my third visit to Hogenakkal. Last two visits were in Feb 2009 and Nov 2010. Close to 4 years and Hogenakkal has changed a lot compared to my 2010 visit. This time though, we entered the falls from Karnataka side, not via usual Krishnagiri- Dharmapuri route(more about that later) This post shares some latest photos and updates about the falls.
Watch a short video below to experience the hogenakkal waterfalls in action
August- September is probably one of the best times to visit Hogenakkal. "You should have come one month earlier-there was much more water" - our boatman told us.
The major difference was the walkway. Earlier, one had to commission a boat-ride in order to get good views of the falls, as the best view is visible from top of the rocks in the middle of water. Coracle rides would cost Rs 200+ per person. Now there is are walkways constructed- one in Tamil Nadu side, another at Karnataka side. Using these one can walk across the river and get good view of the falls. There is no need for the boat-ride. A hanging bridge is constructed on the river as well.
Safe provisions have been made where people can take bath in the river, with barricades to ensure that they don't slip into river.
Boat prices were about Rs 960 for 1.5 hours ride, for 6 people (Same price for lesser head count). I find the place much more cleaner than what it was 4 years ago. Parking and entry fee were same as last time.