Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Falls, in April

Back in April, we went to visit the Hogenakkal Falls with the Fernando Family.

It's located about 180 kms from Bangalore, south on the Hosur road, near Dharmapuri.

It was great fun and the day turned out perfect.  I just haven't found time to edit & post.
 We saw a lot of beautiful countryside.
 Lovely ladies walking along the side of the road with their scarfs blowing in the breeze.
 This lady is carrying a large stone on her head.  How can they carry such a heavy load?
 A hen and chicks
 We weren't the only ones on the road.
 Not sure what this is, but it's beautiful along the roadside.
 Some places the road was twisty and narrow but Vivian is a good driver.
We had a fun time with Manny.  He is such a cutie. 
You can see this outing took place in April, before I gave Manny a haircut.
 This is our first sight of the river.
 We got out to stretch our legs and watch the locals swim.
 There was a local river crossing, it appears.
 Some people and 2 bikes crossed in this little boat.  Very interesting to us.
 We ate lunch at the park from the cooler and this fella joined us.  He was so friendly.
 Elder Wigg's new buddy
 Everyone enjoys the walk along the river.

 These are the little boats of woven plastic slats with tar paper and tar painted on the outside, it seems, to make them waterproof.

 It was a long way to walk. It seemed like we were out for a day with the kids and grandson.
 It's a beautiful area.

 This is the bridge that crosses the large river on one end of the park. On a hot day it must feel pretty good.
 This part of the waterfalls provides a place for locals to shower.  It is quite a sight.

 Along the way there were ladies selling food.
 This is the small part of the falls.  Beautiful.
 In order to get to the main falls we had to cross here along this little fence you see on the left.  So we took off our shoes, rolled up our pants and crossed.  It was not too cold but it was slippery and gross on the sand bags and rocks on the bottom.
 The Fernando Family

 I like this wide angle shot of the whole area.
 dish boats floating down the river
 Having a look from the lookout tower

 Teresa at the falls
 At the falls
 Vivian & Manny
 It was a hot day and so they had a great time playing in the cool water. 
It looked like fun, but I wasn't interested in joining in. I enjoyed watching and taking photos.

 Teresa took a couple shots of us.

 laughing, enjoying the day
 A good shot of Teresa
 A nice shot of Elder Wigg, off duty.
 We are friends.
 On our boat ride across the river
 Teresa & Emmanuel
 Disembarking the basket boat
Always there is 4 footed traffic.

Here is the local Hogenakkal Falls information from the net.

Hogenakkal Falls or Hogenakal Falls is a waterfall in South India on the Kaveri (or Cauvery) River. It is located in the Dharmapuri district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu,about 180 km from Bangalore and 46 km from Dharmapuri town. It is sometimes referred to as the "Niagara of India". With its fame for medicinal baths and hide boat rides, it is a major site of tourist attraction. Carbonatite rocks in this site are considered to be the oldest of its kind in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world.

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