Hogenakkal is a city in Tamil Nadu.
Driving (from Chennai)
Hogenakkal is a good 345 Kms from Chennai.you can take Bangalore Highway which is a cool,wide road. From chennai take poonamallee high road - Katpadi - Vellore - Ambur- Vanniyambadi - Krishnagiri. from Krishnagiri take the NH 7 which itself will take you to Dharmapuri from Dharmapuri it is just 45 mins drive to Hogenakkal . Entry of Cauvery river into Tamilnadu
Driving (from Bangalore)
From Bangalore it is very near compared to Chennai , take Chennai Highway - Hosur - Krishnagiri and from Krishnagiri take the NH 7
Hogenakkal means smoking rocks.
This place has many waterfalls on the river cauvery. Hogenakkal is a hamlet situated in Karnataka bordering Tamil Nadu.
The 15 km descent from Pennagaram to Hogenakkal snakes through very interesting terrain. In these lands, one can see villages with lush fields of mulberry, fodder for busy silkworms, and the broad-leaved though often scraggy castor. On the outskirts of the rural settlements en route are their fascinating guardian deities, often referred to as Aiyanars. Made of terracotta or plastered brick, these giant figures are brightly colored and generally depict fearsome and mustachioed warriors. But exceptions to this excessively macho rule are also seen at some places.
As the scrub-covered slopes give way to thickets of thorny vegetation and then, almost imperceptibly, when tall trees began to rise, the air reverberates, with the soft roar of running water becoming more and more assertive as one reaches lower and lower.
The spa-hamlet rises off the road-a scatter of shacks and buildings, staggering up the slopes of the valley, gazing down at the water-woods on the other side of the road. It has the character of a village struggling to become a town, a little tatty in patches, not yet chrome glass-and-polish, still retaining much of its truly rural charm.
Often referred to as basket-boats, the circular vessels called Coracles have bamboo frames covered in either black plastic or buffalo hide. They wait like black mushrooms, propped against trees or upturned on the banks of the river. When the river is in spate, all the dark rocks are submerged, but if one goes there in February, which is among the most favored months to visit this riverine spa, there should not be any problem. Coracles are among the oldest types of watercraft in the world, and among the most successful-a reassuring thought when one is floating in these saucer-like devices.
We can go Boating along the water stream if we hite a boat.Normally we can hire these boats for a 2 way trip,as in the boatman will stay with us as long as we like provided we pay him accordingly.Also we can enjoy the view of numerous waterfalls along the way.
you can take locally served river fishes, these fishes are very tasty and affordable. be sure you take from a hygiene places
There are no good places to stay at Hogenakkal.It is always advisable to spend the day in Hogenakkal and come out before night. TTDC operates an Hotel there and this is easily the best of the Hotels available.