Hogenakkal is a small village on the Cauvery river in the Dharmapuri district of Tamilnadu. It gets its name from Kannada words, ‘Hoge’ meaning ‘Smoke’ and ‘kal’ meaning ‘rocks’ and hence the term Hogenakkal meaning ‘Smoky Rocks’. A smoky appearance on the rock is created by the water plummeting forcefully. This riverside village is located approximately 150 kilometers from the busy metropolitan city, Bengaluru and is on the borders of the two states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Ooty was originally know as Ootacamund which is now obscure. Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri hills, also known as The Blue Mountains. It is unknown whether this name comes from the blue smoky haze given off by the eucalyputus trees that cover the area, or because of the kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge. Ooty served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and other small kingdoms, much visited by British during the colonial days, and as today, a popular summer and weekend resort.