Though we are staying in Bangalore for few years now however we never visited the place.We decided to start our journey early in the morning so that we can reach our destination on time. But we could not start before 8 o’clock in the morning. After taking the Hosur road we stopped for our breakfast in a drive in cafe & eateries. It took almost 3 to 3.5 hours to reach Hogenakkal Falls. It was peak season and we had go front and back for 20 minutes to park our car. We took minimum luggage with us (drinking water, energy bars and few dry clothes).
After getting down from the car we had walk half mile to reach to the ticket counter and book a coracle ride. Coracles are nothing but small round shaped boat. They resemble like vegetable basket.This was something new to me. Coracles are made of bamboo and the back side was coated with tar. I was wondering how that coracle is going to help us floating in this deep river. There are specific individuals who have the license of driving coracles.
|A man with his Coracle|
You have to purchase ticket and stand in a long queue to collect the safety jackets. I would suggest one person can stand in ticket counter and other can stand in life jacket queue so you can save your time. They promise to take a complete round of almost one hour. If you want to take bath, they will take you to the bathing point and wait there (they charge extra bucks for that). I was excited as well as scared to sit in coracle. Somehow I managed my scared heart and started our journey in coracle. It took us to the nearby distance and dropped us because now we have to get down using steep staircase.
Our drivers took those heavy coracles on the head and started walking along with us. After getting down quite a number of stairs now again we got into our coracle and now the real fun-ride started. Now we were amazed to see the beauty of nature and my worries were vanished. We were spellbound with nature’s beauty and was thinking why did not we visit Hogenakkal till now. Our driver took us just beneath the fall and we were all wet completely.
Then he took us around the places and we could see how river has made curves on the rocks (looks like sculptures). He took us to a far island we clicked some pictures and came back to the starting point through the same route. Thus our one hour thrilled coracle ride came to an end. We did not take bath as we already got wet under the falls. There are no proper restaurants so we had some local food in small eateries. If you are picky and particular about foods, you should carry some foods along with you. We had a nice trip to Hogenakkal Falls and returned to Bangalore on the same day evening.
When to visit: It is better to visit during rainy season so that you can see the real beauty of the falls. However, if it is raining too much coracle ride is not allowed as told by our coracle driver. We visited in the month of July.
Do not forget to watch this live video of Hogenakkal Falls…