Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Milk Sea – this is how the name of Dudhsagar Falls is translated

Dudhsagar is India’s 5th tallest waterfall and a sight to behold. Located in the Goa-Karnataka border, Dudhsagar falls is inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park, at a distance of 47 kilometers from Margao. The hills of the Western Ghats, the surrounding deciduous forest and the rushing stream of water falling from a height of 1020 feet or 310 meters, makes Dudhsagar falls a must-visit place in Goa.


Dudhsagar Map & Location

Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa

Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa

Dudhsagar literally means “sea of milk”, in reference to the milky white water of the Mandovi River that falls steeply over the cliff, and then travels west to meet the Arabian Sea near Panaji. As the water comes roaring down the cliff, it creates an illusion of a sea of milk falling from the top, which gives the waterfall its name. Dudhsagar is actually a four-tiered waterfall, but only a couple of them can be seen, unless you reach one the viewpoints. The average width of the waterfall is 100 feet or 30 meters.

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Tallest Waterfalls in India

Rank Name Where Height

1.

Kunchikal Falls

Shimoga, Karnataka

1,493 feet

2.

Barehipani Falls

Mayurbhanj, Odisha

1,309 feet

3.

Nohkalikai Falls

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

1,120 feet

4.

Nohsngithiang Falls

Mawsmai, Meghalaya

1,033 feet

5.

Dudhsagar Falls

Goa-Karnataka

1,020 feet

Dudhsagar also ranks as one of the tallest waterfalls in Asia.

5 Ways To Reach Dudhsagar Waterfalls

You can go on a daytrip from the beaches of Goa to see the waterfalls and come back on the same day, or you can also stay overnight at any of the nearby resorts or camping sites. A few of them have come up in recent years.

If you start from Panjim at 11 in the morning, you can return by 9 PM, but make sure that you do not stop too often on the road. It is best to carry packed food with you, because you will then be able to spend more time on the falls. Remember, you have to trek to reach the waterfall, so that will also take some time.

For the first two routes, you must first take a train to the Londa junction. From here, take a local train, bus or taxi to reach Castle Rock or Kulem, the starting points.

Of course, you can also drive all the way from the beach areas. By road, it will take about 2 hours to reach Kulem from Panjim. There is a car parking facility here where you can keep your vehicle parked securely for the entire day for 100 INR.

Here are 5 ways to reach the waterfall.

  1. Trek from Castle Rock railway station – A 14 kilometer trek that takes about 5-6 hours. You will have picturesque views of the valleys and Ghats. The terrain is rough as you have to cross hills and forests. But this is the most popular trekking route to the waterfall.
  2. Trek from Kulem – This route is also very scenic but it is less popular in high season. Start your trek from the Kulem rail station. Dudhsagar is 11 kilometers away, but it can feel like a lot more, because you have to walk on rail road. There will sometimes be big stones. You will see many slippers and shoes, which the other trekkers have lost. So make sure that you wear good sport shoes for walking. You can take photos of trains passing from the front of the falls in this route. Around half way, you have to go down from the railroad to the jeep road. This road is closed for vehicles during the monsoon, but you can walk. You will see the Dudhsagar Devi Temple. Cross the river, walk through the forest, and you will reach the top. It will take you around 3 hours to walk one-way. You will see many people coming down from the waterfall if you are doing this trek in late morning or afternoon. So there will be fewer people at Dudhsagar. However, remember, it gets dark by 6.30 PM.
  3. Trek from Kuveshi – This is the most difficult and adventurous route. You start from the Kuveshi village, which is 10 kilometers from the Castle Rock station. You can take a car from Castle Rock to the village. You have to trek through thick forest. You cannot take this route in the monsoon, and you will also have to cross the Mandovi River, which is swollen and rough in the rains.
  4. Trek from Dudhsagar rail station – Walk for 1 kilometer from the railway station passing through a 200 meter tunnel, which is totally dark. Many trains make an unscheduled stop here for 1-2 minutes. But there is no platform, so you have to get down a steep ladder and then walk. The Indian Railway has now banned walking on rail tracks, so officially, this route is disallowed.
  5. Transport and trekking route – Hire a 4-wheel drive at Kulem’s Dudhsagar Taxi stand, which will take you to the foot of the waterfalls. It is just a 1 kilometer trek from here. This is a popular route for large groups with families and kids.

For route #5, only jeeps registered with the Goa Forest department can do this trip. No private vehicles are allowed as it is a national park. Trips are allowed between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. A maximum of 7 adults are allowed in each jeep. You have to walk for about a kilometer in this route. The jeep costs 2000 INR, but the price may vary depending on the season.

Remember, jeep services are not available in the rainy season. You can ride a bike, but the ride will be bumpy. Four wheel jeeps can drive through the Mandovi in the dry season, but there will be less water in the waterfall. In the rainy season, you can only trek to reach Dudhsagar. Vehicle passage is almost impossible.

Note:

  1. Indian Railways has recently issued a notification, banning people from getting down from trains at the Dudhsagar station and walking on the rail track as it is deemed too risky.
  2. There is no drinking water at the waterfalls. So you have to carry your own supply. There are no rest room facilities as well. Cellular signal can also be very erratic and weak.
  3. You can swim at the pool, formed in the lower half of the Dudhsagar falls. But you must wear a life jacket. Entering the falls without life jackets is prohibited.

Train Connections to Dudhsagar Waterfalls

You can see the waterfalls from the Londa-Margao railway route. Any train that travels East or West, from or to Margao, will pass through Dudhsagar. Here are some trains from which you can see the waterfall –

  • Delhi-Goa Express (12780)
  • Howrah-Vasco Amaravathi Express (18047)
  • Pune-Ernakulam Express (11098)
  • Chennai-VascodaGama Express (17311)

You can find the schedules and prices for each of these trains on the official Indian Railways website — http://www.indianrail.gov.in/.

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Best Time to Visit the Dudhsagar Falls

The monsoon or rainy season is the best time to visit Dudhsagar as there is a lot more water this time of the year, making it wilder and more visually appealing. You will hear a thunderous roar as you approach the main falls and the pool. The river will also look more beautiful along the hiking trail.

Monsoon in Goa is between the middle of June to the end of August. There are only a few rainy days in September. July is in the middle of the monsoon season. This is the best month to visit Dudhsagar Waterfalls. However, do keep in mind that the trekking route will be much more slippery this time of the year because of all the rain.

November to January is also a good time to visit the Dudhsagar falls. There is still a lot of water in the falls and the forest is also lush after the monsoon. But walking along the trail will be more comfortable.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park

Dudhsagar falls is inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park, a part of the Western Ghats. Wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers will love it here. The flora and fauna is rich. You have a chance to see wild dogs, wild boar, barking deer, flying squirrel, spotted deer, mouse deer, civet, gaur, pangolin, porcupine, sambar, and even the occasional black panther, leopard, and the Bengal tiger. There are many species of reptiles, butterflies and birds as well.

You can also visit the Devil’s Canyon, which is close to Dudhsagar, and there are a few other waterfalls in the area as well you can see, such as Tambdi Surla falls, Vajrapoha falls, and the Vazara falls, which is in Karnataka.




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