Dudhsagar waterfall Goa is one of the best waterfalls in India. It is very massive waterfall located close to the north Goa. A huge number of tourists & hikers visit this spot every year. Dudhsagar is a popular place in Goa sightseeing.
Location: Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, 51 km from Madgaon, South Goa, India.
Best Time To Visit: July to October is the best time to visit Dudhsagar waterfall Goa. You can witness splashing milky view of the waterfall in these months. Water stream flow remains low in other months.
Dudhsagar Waterfall Goa Information
Dudhsagar waterfall is a famous waterfall located in Sanguem district in South Goa. It is at the distance of 51 kms from Madgao & situated near the Goa-Karnataka border. The waterfalls thrust 2000 feet deep down in the woods of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary of the Sahyadri Mountain Range. Mandavi River gives birth to this gigantic 4-tiered waterfall. Dudhsagar Falls literally means “Sea of Milk” as the waterfall looks like streams of milk flowing down from the mountains. This waterfall is listed among “Top 100 waterfalls in the world”. This is one of the best waterfalls to visit in Maharashtra region.
The total height of the Dudhsagar waterfall Goa is about 310 meters with an average width of 30 meters and is the 5th tallest waterfall in India. During the monsoon season, this waterfall transforms into one of the most scenic & powerful waterfalls in India. It is certainly among the best spots to visit in Goa.
Dudhsagar Falls Trek
Trekking at Dudhsagar is a famous tourist attraction among adventure lovers. There are 2 main routes for trekking at Dudhsagar: First & most preferred route is from Castle Rock station (from here it is a 14 kms beautiful trek to Dudhsagar waterfall along the railway track) and 2nd uncommon but scenic route is from Collem Railway station (this is about 11 kms spectacular hike to reach Dudhsagar waterfall Goa). However, you have to be careful while trekking at this fall as this area has many slippery rocks.
Dudhsagar waterfall creates many small water pools at the foot which are safe for swimming. Many tourists enjoy swimming at these amazing pools. There are big stones and strong underwater currents so try these lakes only if you are a good swimmer. It is advisable to carry an insect repellent while visiting Dudhsagar waterfall Goa in the rainy season. Also be cautious of wild snakes while trekking nearby the waterfall region. Many adventure lovers perform Dudhsagar trek along the railway track. Various hikers try to climb the falls through the bushes falling into the water pools. Waterfall has the very amazing surrounding environment.
Flora & Fauna
It is located amidst the lush green tropical jungle. There are many varieties of flora & fauna in this jungle. During your trek, you can see monkeys, many bird species, different colourful butterflies, and bees. Also, try to visit the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary if you are planning to visit Dudhsagar waterfall Goa. It is the largest wildlife Sanctuary in India.
- Animals: You can spot animals like Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards, Barking deer, mouse deer, Blank Panther, flying squirrel, porcupine, bonnet macaque, common langur, wild boar, civet, spotted deer, wild dog, gaur, pangolin and sambar.
- Reptiles: This sanctuary region is a natural habitat of King cobra snakes. Other species like Vipers, Kraits, Pythons and few non-poisonous snakes are found inside the sanctuary near Dudhsagar waterfall Goa.
- Birds: Various species of birds like Fairy Blue Bird, Great Indian Horn Bill, Emerald Dove, Indian Black Woodpecker, Kingfishers, Grey Jungle Fowl, the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Paradise Fly Catcher, Drongo, Wagtails, Shrikes and Barbets live in the forest nearby the waterfall. There are close to 200 species of birds in this sanctuary
According to the tale of local people, there was a gorgeous princess who used to bath regularly in a lake nearby the Dudhsagar waterfall Goa. Princess was habitual to drink a sweetened milk from a Golden Jug after finishing her bath. On some random day, she realised that one handsome prince was watching her while bathing in the lake. So to cover her body, she poured the jug of milk in front of her to create an obstacle to hide her body. While doing this, one of her maids covered her with a dress. So that poured milk flowed from the mountain & converted into a waterfall to give tribute to the morality of the Princess.
Though people trek through the railway track route, railway authorities have issued following circular regarding Dudhsasgar waterfall trek:
- The authorities have warned that trekking to Dudhsagar waterfall Goa along railway track or trespassing on railway area and endangering the safety of passengers was an offence and violators would be prosecuted under Sections 147, 151, 152 and 153 of Indian Railways Act, 1989.
- They have also said that unlawful entry into goods trains, engines or express trains (forcibly at non-designated Stations) was also an offence and violators were punishable under Sections 147, 156 and 174 of the Indian Railways Act, 1989. (As published in The Hindu)
ESSENTIAL TOURIST INFORMATION
Entry Fee: Forest department takes charges of Rs.20/- per person, Rs.300/- for a basic camera and Rs.5000 for a professional camera. (Charges may subject to change over time)
Timing: Forest department stops selling tickets to Dudhsagar waterfall Goa by 3 p.m.
How To Reach Dudhsagar
You can easily reach Dudhsagar waterfall by road & railway. Colem and Collem are the nearest bus stops to reach DudhSagar waterfalls. Collem is off National Highway NH-4A. Take the turn off at collem near the HP Petrol pump & drive 9 kms down the road. All state transport & private buses stop at Mollem where the wildlife office is located. The entry point to the Dudhsagar waterfall Goa is from Collem through the gate of the forest department.
- It is advisable not to travel by car because the road has a jungle track and several river crosses. Route while travelling from Goa are: Panaji-Old Goa-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (57 kms) and Margao-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (42 kms).
- Taxies from Collem costs around Rs.2000 for 6 passengers. Life jackets are made compulsory before taking the Jeep to the falls, which can be hired for Rs.30/- per person.
- Nearest Railway Station: Collem Railway Station (10kms) is the nearest railway station to reach Dudhsagar waterfall Goa. Jeeps are available from Collem or Molem to reach the waterfall. You can also catch a train from Madgaon station and reach there in 1.5hours.
Eating Stuff: There are no food options available nearby Dudhsagar waterfall so carry your own food & water. Karibu Restaurant on NH-4A is the nearest restaurant to have food. This restaurant serves various Goan food items, Chinese items and also have a bar.
If you are planning to stay near Dudhsagar waterfall Goa & explore wildlife sanctuary area then you have few accommodation options as mentioned below:
- Dudh Sagar Eco and Wild life Resort ( Azuska Retreat) near the Molem Forest Department Check post is the closest accommodation option near the waterfall.
- You can stay in the cottages of Malkarnekar Family’s organic plantation. These cottages are 10 km away from Kollem towards Sanvordem.
- Dudhsagar jungle resort near Castle Rock is another option stay.
- Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
- Devil’s Canyon (Devcharacho kond)
- Elephant camp
- Dudhsagar Plantation and Farmstay
- Tambdi Surla Temple
- Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Dudhsagar waterfall Goa is among the good places to visit in North Goa. It is a perfect spot to get lost amidst nature. Do let us know whether you like this article or not in following comment box. Your opinions are precious to us!