[Writer: Gopa Bezboruah Dutta]
What happens when you decide to go for a trip with your best buddies? After I resigned from work, and was done with my PGDBA exam, I decided to go to Banglore. I always loved Bangalore for its nice cool weather. My friends Adit, Poulomi, Neelotpal from banglore itself n myself decided to explore Hogennakal falls.
It was a sunny day in the month of February. We started our journey at 7 in the morning from Bangalore. Our 1st stop was at a Udipi restaurant for the morning breakfast. After munching on some Idli Sambar, we continued our journey again. We had hired an Indica Taxi. We all were very excited for this quick planned trip. (Suddenly planned trip works rather than plans made in advance)
Hogennakal falls was 120 km from Bangalore and it will take us 4-5 hrs to reach. The road to Hogennakal falls is blessed with scenic beauty and really good roads.
We reached our destination at around 12.30 in the afternoon. Hogennakal Falls is in the district of Dharmpuri in the state of Tamilnadu. It is also known as Niagara of India located at about 750 feet above sea level amidst the Melagiri hills. We got into one of the coracles. Coracles are local boats and are operated by the local people & it is the main source of income for these boat operators. The coracles are about 7ft 4 inch in diameter and can load 8 persons at a time. Coracles are made of bamboo and all materials available. It takes about a day to build. Bottom of the boat is waterproof, made by the use of hides.
The boat trip will take us 2 hrs as told by our boat operator. We are also accompanied by the taxi driver. He acted as a guide for us & a translator as the boat operator could not speak Hindi & we don’t understand Tamil. Riding in the coracles was an awesome experience. We had seen these boats only on movies.
Hogennakal is set in thick green woods & is considered both a scared bathing place & spa-like health resort. There were many small falls which offers an absolutely spectacular sight. After moving further, we saw many local food joints. One must taste fish, made in one of the many kitchens, but the order has to be placed in advance.
One spectacular sight was that of various vendors, selling water & snacks up & down the gorge rowing their coracles. After placing our fish order, it was time for swimming & bathing around there.