Coracle Boat - 'Parisal' :
Local coracles operate
from the banks of both Tamilnadu and
Karnataka banks of the gorge.
This is the main source
of income for these boat operators. The
coracles are about 2.24m in diameter,
but still can take a load of eight
persons at a time.
These coracles are made
of bamboo, and with all materials
available takes about a day to build.
The bottom of the boats are made water
proof by the use of hides, but sometimes
with sheets of plastic. Use of plastics
in the Hogenakkal vicinity, not just for
boats, has been criticised due to
problems with pollution.
These boats are steered
and propelled using a single paddle,
making them unique. The coracles are
locally called as parisal in Tamil.