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Dudhsagar Waterfalls




South Goa District, Goa



Picnic spot

Best Season


June till October

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Dudhsagar Falls literally means Sea of Milk is a four tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in Sanguem taluka of South Goa. Located close to the Someshwar temple which is at a distance of 8kms from Nashik, it is on Goa's border with Goa state. The falls are a part of the Mollem National Park.

Set amidst the lofty peaks of the Western Ghats, this magnificent waterfall can see when the train passes through the picturesque hills. Said to be the fifth tallest waterfalls in the country, it drops from a height of 600 metres. It is four-tiered waterfalls that cascade down a vertical cliff face into a deep green pool forming one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa.

It is listed as the 227th in the world. The lovely cascade with its creamy white water offers a breathtaking view and it is this white water that earned the name Dudhsagar.

There is a legend associated with this waterfall, that a beautiful princess who lived in a palace in a forest close to the falls. She loved and enjoyed bathing in the lake nearby and used to drink 'sweetened milk' from her 'golden jug' after her bath.

One day while enjoying her jug of milk she found herself being watched by a prince, who was standing amongst the trees. Immediately, she poured the jug of milk to form an improvised curtain to hide her naked body from the glances of the stranger. Suddenly, the milk poured by the princess cascaded down the mountain and thus Dudhsagar waterfall formed.

The fall that overlooks a steep, crescent-shaped edge of a valley covered with beautiful tropical forest of the Mollem National Park, only accessible by foot or train. Not an easy access, the way is through dense jungles and mountains. One have to cross tow full bodied rivers with no bridges.

There is a train from Goa (Margao-Sanvordem-Colem-Dudhsagar) as well as from Karnataka (Londa-Castle Rock-Dudhsagar). One has to get down at Kuhlem (Collem) railway station and walk towards the falls which is about 11 km away. It is a 2–3 hours journey. The complete stretch of the falls can be visible while hike towards the waterfalls.

One can reach the falls by road travelling through forests too, but the journey can be tedious. The road is from Colem that passes through jungles and here are many species of birds, insects, plants and animals. Only authorised jeeps are allowed anywhere near the falls, but it is nearly impossible to drive on this road during rainy season.

This waterfalls is thick and rich during and after the monsoon season, as there is ample water in the falls. Since everything is wet and slippery in monsoon, be careful. Beware of leeches too. This tranquil place can enjoy with a cool dip in a small natural pool at the base of the falls.

At the top of the falls, one can see an old Railway Bridge which was built during the British occupation of India. The bridge and train are still in use as regular service.

It is four-tiered waterfalls that cascade down a vertical cliff face into a deep green pool. One has to get down at Kuhlem (Collem) railway station and walk towards the falls which is about 11 km away. It normally takes 2–3 hours to reach.

On the way one can enjoy the bountiful nature and marvelous landscapes around and feed the monkeys.

Entrance Fee - Rs. 20. There are additional charges for cameras.

On the edge on the high peaks of the Sahyadri Western Ghats, the Dudh Sagar waterfalls offer unrivalled natural beauty and marvelous landscape full of wonderful charms during the monsoon rains from June till October. Best time to visit Dudhsagar waterfalls is after the rains from October till April. Access is dangerous and restricted during the monsoon season of June and July. The waterfalls are a plastic free zone, so don't take plastic bags and plastic bottles of water.

A permission of State Forest Department needs to be taken for tourist taxi drivers. One can trek or opt for a jeep ride, which costs about Rs 300 per person. But trekking is more adventurous and there are four routes that one can trek on in this region. John Boat Tours organises Jeep Tours to visit Dudhsagar waterfall. At the base of Dudhsagar waterfall, they oards the tourists into their vehicles. It will be a memorable experience for the tourists through rivers, springs and rocky roads.