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''Known as the Niagara of India; Hogenakkal Falls on the Kaveri River (also known as Cauvery) in Dharampuri district of Tamil Nadu. The Carbonatite rocks found near the waterfall are one of the oldest in the world.
The name of the waterfall has been derived from two Kannada words – ‘hoge’ meaning smoke and ‘kal’ meaning rock because the mist created by water hitting the rocks creates a feeling of smoke emanating from the rocks. It is also called as Marikottayam by the locals. ''

The water drops from an elevation of about 65 ft at its highest point and from 15 ft at its lowest point. The waterfalls cannot be reached via road; a boat-ride from the last motorable point takes you near the waterfall. Coracles can be hired to get closer to the waterfall.

Boatmen row the coracles into the gorge as there is no place from where you can have a good wide view of Hogenakkal Falls. Boating is allowed only after the monsoon has passed because the current in the water is negligible during the dry season and it doesn’t disrupt boating. At Hogenakkal, the Kaveri River creates numerous waterfalls that flow through the rocky terrain. The water from the fall flows towards the Mettur Dam which is also known as the Stanley Reservoir.


The best time to visit Hogenakkal Falls is from August to May right after the monsoon. The monsoon months should be avoided as boating is not allowed and reaching the falls is also dangerous due to the slippery conditions. Some tourists prefer going to the falls during winter, which is the off-season time, to avoid the huge crowds. During winter, the temperature ranges from 13 to 27 degree Celsius whereas during summer the temperature ranges from 23 to 34 degree Celsius.


Hogenakkal Waterfalls - Hogenakkal Waterfalls is on the river Cauvery in the Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu about 135 kms off of Bengaluru. Often called the "Niagara Falls of India", the Hogenakkal falls is known for the medicinal property of the water and the special boat rides.

Pennagaram - Pennagaram is a village which in the midst of dense forest. It is the best way to move out of Hogenakkal and is about 15 kms away.

Subramanya Siva Monument- Subramanya Siva memorial, a monument built to commemorate the brave young patriot Subramanya Siva.

Salem - Salem is a city located in the North Central part of the south Indian state, Tamil Nadu. Located at a distance of 340 km away from the capital city of Chennai, Salem is also famous as the Mango City. It is the fifth largest city in the state and a Municipal Corporation.

Yercaud - Yercaud, located on the Shevaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu is a hill station in the Eastern Ghats. Located at the height of 1515 meters, its striking scenic beauty and pleasant weather brings in many tourists. Although Yercaud is sometimes referred to as the ‘Poor man’s Ootacamund’, for things here are more affordable as compared to the other famous hill stations like Ooty.

Hosur - Hosur lies at a distance of 40 kms away from Bengaluru and it falls under the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu. Although a busy industrial city, Hosur is famous for its pleasant weather and plentiful greenery all year long. It is sometimes referred as Little England due to its lovely climate.

Bengaluru - About 163 km north, Bengaluru is Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city. Bengaluru is blessed with a great climate, gardens and parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs.


The climate is pleasant, and the river is safe to go for boating. With ample options for adventure activities like coracle boating and trekking through Mellagiri Hills paired with pristine natural beauty it leaves tourists awestruck.


Air: Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, which is at distance of about 133 km from Hogenakkal.

Rail: Nearest major railway junction is Salem, which is about 114 km from Hogenakkal.

Road: Hogenakkal is well connected to all major cities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Fast Facts about Hogenakkal

State:  Tamil Nadu

District: Dharampuri

Famous for/as:  Hill Station

Languages:  English

Best Season: July to October



Pincode: 636810

STD code: 04342

Distance Charts to Hogenakkal

Road Map
Dharmapuri to Hogenakkal
46 KM
Bangalore to Hogenakkal
130 KM
Salem to Hogenakkal
89 KM
Yercaud to Hogenakkal
117 KM
Namakkal to Hogenakkal
141 KM


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