Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakkal Falls is a scintillating waterfall that is located on river Kaveri in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The place gets its name from Hogenakkal,which means’smoking rocks’, owing to the unique rock arrangement that exists around it.The gushing beauty of this cascade is one of a kind and is often quoted as being the “Niagara falls of India”.The Kaveri River forks into multiple streams and falls through multiple steps, making the sight a mesmerising thing to behold.The carbonatite rocks by these falls are the oldest of its kind in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world.Drinking water can also be obtained from the falls,and interestingly enough,the water here is believed to possess medicinal properties, owing to the numerous herbs that grow in its path. Known for its pristine appeal,the Hogenakkal Falls are the prime attraction in the region.Tourists also have options of enjoying the Coracle boat ride from one end of the river to the other,or they can simply find a quaint spot to perch upon and revel in the marvels of the enchanting beauty of Hogenakkal Falls.

The beauty of the falls is mesmerising, it also attracts many tourists due to medicinal healing powers, trekking routes and boat rides during the dry season.Boating is possible in coracles during the dry season as the water of the Kaveri river is relatively peaceful.The coracles are basket-shaped boats fashioned out of bamboo,with animal hide or plastic sheets for the bottom. They measure 2.5 m across,can seat 8 people and are steered by hand using a single wooden paddle.The river is also abundant in a wide variety of fish which are sold on the banks in improvised stalls.

Entry Fee & Timings

Open Time: All day
Cost: Free. Boating charges: INR 500

Getting there

Salem Railway Station

Coimbatore International Airport