The 1017 feet Dudhsagar waterfalls is the fifth highest waterfall in India and is one among the world’s top 100 waterfalls. Dudhsagar means ‘Sea of Milk’ in the Hindi language. We will also wonder whether it is water or milk which is falling from the steep mountains in the middle of the green forest. It is the best tourist attraction of Goa apart from beautiful churches and glamorous beaches. It lies near the Goa – Karnataka border. The falls have become even more popular after the glamorous show of the location in the Shahrukh Khan starrer blockbuster film ‘Chennai Express’.
How to reach Dudhsagar falls by Trek
If you need to completely satisfy with your trip, you need to trek. The trek which starts from the Castle Rock is the most preferred one. You can also google for various trek packages offered by various organizations and certain packages include night camps near the falls as well. The trek has several viewpoints and you can enjoy the greenery atmosphere and find even more picturesque sceneries for your camera photo shoots.
Dudhasagar falls is in the middle of the Kulem and Castlerock railway station.You need to go to either Kulem railway station or Castlerock railway station to start your trek by walking along the railway track. It is 14kms from Castlerock and 11kms from Kulem. During monsoon season, the trek is the only option to reach the waterfall. The trek includes walking through railway tracks, dark tunnels and small occasional waterfalls. It takes almost 4 to 5 hours to reach the final destination.
How to reach Dudhsagar falls by Train
Madgaon / Margao is the primary railway station of Goa. Trains are available to Madgaon from all important cities in India. Kulem is the place where you can get Jeep service for the waterfalls.You can reach Kulem from Madgaon via train/bus/taxi. Passenger and Express trains are available from Madgaon to Kulem. Outside vehicles are not permitted and only the Jeeps organized by the tour operators are allowed towards the path of the waterfalls. If you are coming by taxi or your own vehicle you need to park your vehicle near the Jeep stand and need to take the Jeep organized by the tour operators. This is the most preferred and safest mode to visit the place.
The Jeep can accommodate 8 people including the driver. The rate per head will be 300+10 (toll fee). A life jacket will be provided to everyone. As the way has a river passing by, this option will be preferably available from January to May, the summer season. The Jeep has a drop-off point and from there you need to trek for 1 km to reach the base of the waterfall. There are plenty of monkeys out there on the way.
There is a swimming spot at the base of the waterfall where you can find a lot of fishes. If you want to have a shower on the waterfall you need to swim. Also, keep in mind that the foot will not touch the ground there so in order to stay afloat for a long time you need to wear a life jacket.
The best time to visit the falls is after monsoon ie., from October to May. The top of the waterfall which is near the railway track is more beautiful than the base. It can only be reached by trek. Dudhsagar falls has no stop to train. The trains that pass through Dudhsagar falls include Amaravathi Express, Poorna Express, Goa express etc. The driver will slow down the train when nearing the falls, to let the passengers enjoy the beauty of nature’s gift.
How to reach Dudhsagar falls from Bangalore
There are several trains from Yesvantpur junction to Londa junction. From there you need to take a taxi/train/bus to reach Kulem junction or Castlerock junction. You can start your trek along the railway track to reach the falls or you can use the Jeep facility at Kulem.
How to reach Dudhsagar falls from Mumbai
There are several trains from Mumbai to Karmali or Madgaon. You need to catch a taxi/train/bus to reach Kulem or Castlerock junction. From there you can trek along the track or use the Jeep facility available at Kulem.
Things to consider before visiting Dudhsagar falls
If you are going by Trek
- Keep a pair of dresses and use trekking shoes or sports shoes.
- It will take almost 5 hours to reach the waterfall. So it is better to start your trek in the early morning, enjoy the site, and get back on time.
- There are certain goods trains from Kulem and Castlerock that will halt at Dudhsagar falls for a minute. There is a chance to drop you over there. Before proceeding to trek, just enquire for it. The Dudhsagar falls has no platform and you need to get down from the train at your own risk. Ask support from other passengers and you can support them as well.
- The beauty of the waterfall will make you forget your time. Be alert and keep track of your time.
- Hold a torch as you want to move along dark tunnels. There are some points you need to walk via railway tracks. Be careful that you can face any train opposite and behind you. Also keep in mind that as trains are frequent along the way, the railway tracks may have human wastes.
- Don’t ever try to start your trek alone or without planning.
- Visit during monsoon season is even riskier and sometimes you will not be allowed to visit the fall.
If you are using the Jeep facility from Kulem to reach the base of the waterfall
- You are allowed to spend not more than one and half hours. This facility is available preferably from January to May when there is lesser water in the river that passes crossing the route.
- This facility is available up to 4 PM.
- Do not get into the pond if you don’t know to swim. It’s too deep. Also, there is no room to change the clothes. You need to change your dress beside the rocks out there.
- It is better to avoid taking kids and older peoples along with you.
- No safety lockers facility for the tourists. You need to take care of your belongings at your own risk.
- Carry your own food and snacks as there are no restaurants and shops on the way or near the fall.
- There are several monkeys out there on the way and near the fall. Keep your food and belongings safely.