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Niagara Falls of India..Hogenakkal Falls !!

Hogenakkal Falls is a waterfall in South India on the Kaveri river in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu.It is located 180 km from Bangalore and 46 km from Dharmapuri.  It was shown beautifully in the movie Roja in the Choti-si Asha song and also in Raavan movie, where Abhishek Bachhan scene is shooted !

Hogenakkal is also called Smoking Rocks ( Hoga meaning smoke and Kal meaning rock). Hogenakkal is the place where the Cauvery river meanders itself through a lot rocks. As a result of water falling on the rocks, it creates a smoky ambiance and hence the name. There are numerous falls all around ranging from as small as 5 feet to more than 20 feet.

Best time to visit: Post Monsoon (Aug to Dec)

Route: Bangalore- Hosur- Dharmapuri- Hogenakkal

Distance: 180kms
Duration: 1 day
Things to do there:

  1. A ride in coracle ,taking it underneath the falls.last thing is swirling the coracle.
  2. A swim and a dip in the river end ( small island)
  3. sit along the rocks to enjoy the smoking effect of falls
  4. Oil massage from locals
  5. Having freshly fried fish, packed stuff, maggi

Stuff to pack:

1) Travel with no food stuff as you gonna eat there
2) Wear clothes comfortable in water, as its considered medicinal to take bath there
3) no camera, just mobiles, as your boat will go via water to a small island and no place to keep anything.
4) wear leg covering shoes..no chappals
5) towel and extra set of clothes
6) no costly things as no place to keep them
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Staying in bangalore without family, means friends are your family.So we decided with our new family to go for weekend outing. All decided to go to Hogennakal as its a 1 day trip. So we left at 7am in morning with our cars.The travel route has smooth roads ,full of green pastures all around, driving through hills.We took a stop in mid to enjoi food at a south indian dhaba serving idli/sambhar/dosa/vada. Amazing food , must say. We reached Hogenakkal falls at 11am.

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Being a weekend, it was quite crowded with kids, families, weekend trippers etc. all over the place. After parking the car we went inside to talk to a coracle owner for charges of the ride. Since they understood we came from far, they started charging us 1000 per person. Trust me, plz bargain, but dont argue. Local people give only 100 per person, so you can finalize at 150 or 200 pp. A coracle ride on the Cauvery waters is a must for all the visitors as it takes you closer to nature and gives a feel of the surroundings and the environment. A boat can have 5 people in max.

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After a lot of haggling,all of us jumped into the bamboo tub and got ready for a ride. This area is on borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Boat guy took us under a couple of waterfalls and we got drenched while still sitting in the coracle. That was an exhilarating experience. Water here is believed to be therapeutic,so we also took medicinal baths in the river along shores at end.The nearby boatman sold biscuits, wafers, water bottles, tetra-pack juices to the people passing by in other coracles.

Ours was stopped at a bank, where we enjoyed good oil massage in just 100 bucks pp. And after that it was time for a dip in the free flowing Cauvery.  We enjoyed fried fish, maggi, everything being inside the water only. The fishes were caught and instantly prepared by the ladies on the banks. We enjoyed for 5-6 hours there. Our boatman waited for us. Then while returning, he gave us a final feel of Cauvery by swirling the coracle at a good pace in the middle of the river. That swirling of the coracle was the icing on the cake which cannot be explained but only experienced. So close your eyes then and feel it.

If you still have time left and not tired with so much fun, you have some beautiful mandirs/temples in vicinity of 15km. You can visit them before leaving.
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Himalayan diaries..Explore Himanchal Pradesh with me (Day 1)..Ghumarwin

Top Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh !! Explore the Himalayas !! Must Visit Tourist Places and Attractions in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Manali, Solang, Kasol. Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries like in Riwalsar, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.As the name connotes (‘Him’ means snow), it is a land of snow-clad mountains, snow-fed rivers and sparkling streams.

Sometimes words fall short and our eyes are the only witness penning the essence of scenic beauty of nature.Beyond the emerald green meadows and evergreen forests, HP holds a destiny where the horizon is the zenith. HP Tourism Dev Corporation has divided the State into four interesting regions or you can call them as Circuits. I read about it on google and many other tourism blogs. They are namely Beas , Sutlej ,Dhauladhar & tribal Circuit.

We planned to travel and cover the BeaS circuit. This 1335 km circuit includes: Delhi, Mandi, Rewalsar, Kullu, Swaraghat, Manali, Manikaran, Naggar, and Rohtang. The Beas River, with its clear water gurgles and sloshes through the landscape adding to the picture perfection of this circuit. One can witness well-defined snow-capped peaks, Deodar and pine trees, tiny alpine fields, rocky slopes amid grassy meadows carpeted with wild flowers and Terraced field of apples orchards across the way.

so i jolted down the places from the entire beas circuit which seemed interesting and were feasible to cover in 7 days holiday trip. The list looked something like this: Ghumarwin, Naggar,Manali, Rohtang Pass, Solan,Gulaba,Kasol, Mandi ,Rewalsar, Manikaran.

So here my journey begins !!

Day1: So we started our journey on 24th of Dec from Delhi in morning at 7am. We planned to travel via National highways and reach our first destination “ghumarwin”. Its in a different HP circuit, but since we had childhood memories tagged to it, we visited there & stayed overnight at a relatives place.  This place is a small town & major cultural and educational hub of District Bilaspur, HP. Ghumarwin is also famous for its variety of sweet preparation and local cuisines.HRTC buses and Taxis operate to nearly all possible routes on each sides.

On our way we saw Naina Devi temple at very high peek. It is dedicated to Goddess Sati, who was an incarnation of Goddess Durga. It is surrounded by Govind Sagar Lake and Bharka Dam.Nanina Devi as the name suggests is believed to be the place where the eyes of Sati fell.

In the evening weather was really pleasant and we went out to roam around the town. You have local market here, and sweets are very famous. specially Jalebi..We had hot jalebi’s with rabri. Since poeple here have local farms and grow vegetables for their daily supplies, the food quality is amazing here. Will post the pictures soon.

(courtesy : google/wiki)

Continue to read Day 2…visit to Naggar and Manali