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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

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The Falls

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, and thus the name. This 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.

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.

How to Reach the Dudhsagar Waterfalls

You can go on a daytrip from 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.

There are two ways to reach the falls – by train, or by car, but either way, you have to do some trekking.

1.

Take a train to the Londa junction.

2.

From here, take a local train, taxi or bus to reach Castle Rock or Kulem. The trek starts from here. It will take about 3 hours.

3.

There is a Dudhsagar stop as well, but there is no platform here. Many trains make an unscheduled stop here, though, for 2-3 minutes. Climbing down the steep ladder can be a problem for many. The waterfall is just a kilometer away from the Dudhsagar stop. But you have to walk on the rail track. You must also cross a 200 meter tunnel, which will be totally dark.

4.

Alternatively, you can take a car from Goa and reach Mollem village, and then hire a jeep from here. Only jeeps registered with the Goa Forest department are allowed to 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.

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. So the only remaining option is to trek from Castle Rock or Kulem, or take the jeep service from Mollem.
  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/.

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 in the falls this time of the year, making it wilder and more visually appealing. You will get to hear a thunderous roar as you approach the main falls and the pool. The Dudhsagar River will also look more beautiful along the hiking trail.

This means the months between August to October, when it rains the most is a good time to visit the waterfall. 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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