Dudhsagar Falls

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Time Required : 6 - 7 Hours to Trek

Entry Fee : Entry Fee: Nominal Charge INR 20
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"The Flowing Cascade of Milk"

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa Overview

One of India's tallest waterfalls, the Dudhsagar Falls is located inside the Mollem National Park. The majestic falls are a little farther inland approximately 60 km from Panaji on the Goa - Karnataka Border. Literally translating to Sea of Milk , the 310 m high waterfall is divided into four tiers on the Mandovi river and resemble a heavy rush of milk flowing effortlessly down the hill.

While most people arrive at the Dudhsagar falls by jeep or by their own private transport from Panaji and nearby areas, others choose to visit the falls through a train journey or by trekking. The famous Dudhsagar Railway trek is closed to the public but the trek to the lower falls is still open.

The Dudhsagar falls should be visited during the monsoon when it is in full flow and the surrounding deciduous forests are at their verdant best. However, reaching the falls during monsoon if difficult and it is closed if the water level gets too high.

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Best Time to Visit Dudhsagar Falls

During monsoon or soon after monsoon is the best period to visit the falls, as they are in their most rebellious phase of flow and in full verve. However, be careful while choosing the trekking routes to Dudhsagar Falls during this season as the area can become quite slippery along with the added hazard of the river swelling up. Please note that while the beauty around the falls is still glorious in the summers, the falls themselves may not appear in their full strengths. Therefore, its best to avoid visiting the falls in the summers.

Dudhsagar Falls Trek

One of the most thrilling trek trails starts from the village of Kuveshi. The difficulty level is moderate, and the vistas more than make up for the longer path. However, it is not ideal for undertaking this trek in the months of monsoon as the Mandovi river, over which the trail crosses, can get quite rough and swollen during the monsoon months.

Another trekking route starts at the Kulhem/Collem railway station and stretches for about 11km. This relatively easier trek would require about 6 hours to complete. Upon beginning a walk up numerous railway tracks, the course would also traverse through some of the most significant points including the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. 

However, the most preferred trail begins at the Castle Rock station in Karnataka. Spanning for about 14km, this rough terrain follows the railway tracks and tunnel passages as well. While once is approaching the fall, a gush of greenery and a tint of the waterfall would be visible. This wholesome trek regardless of which course would pass through some beautiful sightings such as streams and of course lots of greenery. Ensure to be in good physical fitness before embarking on this trail. 

Tips

  1. Although few hours at the waterfalls would be enough, it is suggested that you spare a day and travel by train. The journey is worth your time. 
  2. Carry mosquito repellants if you intend to stay near the falls overnight.
  3. Do not dive into water at the Devil's canyon as it is deemed tremendously unsafe.
  4. Prior permission maybe needed if you are planning to set up a camp near the falls as they fall under the Mollem National Park boundaries.
  5. Please keep the area and surroundings clean and do not litter as it is a protected forest area.

Legend of Dudhsagar Falls

According to a long-held myth about the waterfalls, the daughter of the powerful King of the Western Ghats enjoyed bathing here. Her regular routine involved sipping milk from a gold and diamond-studded mug after a nice waterfall shower.

However, during one such blissful day, she learned that she was being watched by a prince. The princess quickly poured the milk all over herself to clad her nudity in front of the prince. After which, she wore the clothes her maids brought running. Thus giving rise to the name "Dudhsagar Waterfalls", which translates to the "Sea of Milk".

How to reach Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls can be easily reached by train as well as by road. You can also travel to the falls via Jeeps too. However, the rates for them may vary drastically according to the season.

  • Via Air: Panaji airport is the nearest airport to Dudhsagar, it is 60kms away from the waterfalls. Taxies and buses are available for commutation. There are direct flights from a couple of destinations including Kochi, Lucknow, Surat, Kannur, Hubli and Ahmedabad. Other connecting flights are available from almost every major city, including Leh.

  • Rail: Though there is a station called the Dudhsagar, no trains formally halt here. The nearest station is Colem, taxies are available from there to the waterfalls. Some of the efficient trains include from cities such as Velankani, Vizag, Howrah, Chennai and Pune.

  • Bus: The NH4A highway leads to Dudhsagar. Since there are buses run by Goa tourism, Dudhsagar makes a prominent stop in the ternary.
    Other than this, private tour operators also run buses following specific or demanded itinerary covering fixed spots, of which Dudhsagar is one. There are efficient bus lines from most of the prominent cities in the country, including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Varanasi and Ahmedabad.

  • Car: Jeeps can be driven through the base of the waterfalls but only in the months from January to May as the water is low then.

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neha shah 2 years ago
It was an excellent trip with sea water sports, Dudh Sagar waterfall visit was one of the best memorable trips of my life. The natural beauty and white (milk) waterfall were the best. It was an awesome experience. Thank u sea water sports.
minakshi bane 2 years ago
Dudhsagar is a very beautiful place where we can see different weather and its overall best view to see with your loved ones. This is really wonderful, I love to visit this place.I enjoy a dudhsagar water fall trip with sea water sports.

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