Sunday, January 3, 2010

TTDC & Hogenekkal

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corp.

TTDC in all their web pages and other advertisements boast Hogenakkal to be a wonderful tourist’s place. It is described as ‘one of the most beautiful places in the state’. But they forget to mention that a trip to Hogenakkal can be very dangerous too! Perhaps they may not want to scare the customers (tourists) by saying that? TTDC maintains this tourist site but they tax the tourists at every point for enjoying nature. However, they don’t provide any safety for these tourist who pay their taxes.

As a well-known tourist corporation, TTDC is lacking in its duty, and mints money from other and places their lives at risk.. There are so many well-known facts about this dangerous place. The local people who live there say that drowning deaths are very common in Hogenakkal, and every ten or fifteen days some one is killed there. Both the TTDC and the Government authorities are well aware of this fact but conveniently keep quiet about it. Why? Tourists are pouring into that small village from various parts of India. School children and educational institutions send their students on sight-seeing trips not knowing the danger of Hogenakkal.

False advertisements

"This is one of the wonderful waterfalls in Tamil Nadu. It is situated in the river Cauvery and it is about 250 meters above sea level. The main attraction is the bath in the falls, dropping vertically from a height of 20 meters with a thundering sound. A sacred bathing place, Hogenakkal is well known for the power of healing water. It is located 114 kms from Salem and 133 kms from Bangalore. Hotel reservations can be made through the TTDC."

"One of the most beautiful places in the state. The broad stream of the River Cauvery gets forked at this point, forming an island from where one stream continues on while the other plunges into a deep chasm to create one of the loveliest waterfall gives these rocks the name Hogenakkal which means "smoking rock." In Kannada, since the waters of the Kauvery flow through a forest of herbs on their journey to Hogenakkal, bathing in these falls is considered to be good for health" (two different spellings for Cauvery river)

"Of coracles, masseurs and roaring waters. The sound of the Cauvery river, roaring between rocky banks, is a constant presence in most places in Hogenakkal. So too, is slap-slap thump! Though the roar of the river drowns it is you are not too close to the source of the strange sound. Hogenakkal is a riverine spa where, according to its devotees, good health can be had for the asking… and a small fee!"

Why not explore this site more to find more about what TTDC is doing here in Hogenekkal

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