Dudhsagar literally translates to ‘Sea of Milk’ . Once you visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls and look at the mesmerizing beauty of the falls, you would agree that Dudhsagar is an apt word and there cannot be a better word to describe the waterfalls.
Story Behind The Name Dudhsagar:
There was a beautiful princess. She lived in the palace which was bordering the forest. Daily, she used to take bath in a lake which was near to the castle and after finishing the bath, she used to drink the sweetened milk in a golden jug. One day, when she was bathing, she saw a prince watching her taking bath standing. She felt embarrassed and in order to hide herself from him, she started pouring the jug of milk in front of her so that it can form a curtain. It is said that till date the sweetened milk cascades down the mountain slope and flows in the waterfalls as a tribute towards the modesty of the princess.
Where is Dudhsagar Waterfalls Located?
Dudhsagar waterfalls is located in the state of Goa bordering Karnataka. While the top of the falls in the region of Karnataka, the bottom where the water falls lies in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary which is part of Goa. Located on the Mandovi river, Dudhsagar waterfalls is the highest waterfalls in the South India and third highest in India. Falling from a height of 310m (1017 feet) into 4 layered falls, Dudhsagar waterfalls is one of the top destinations.
How to Reach Dudhsagar Waterfalls?
There are 4 options to reach Dudhsagar.
Option 1: Trek From Castle Rock :
The nearest railway station for the Dudhsagar waterfalls is Dudhsagar railway station. However, many trains do not have an official stop here. Hence, you need to get down at the Castel rock and walk on the railway track to reach the Dudhsagar waterfalls. The total trek distance is around 12 to 14 Kms and one has to pass through 11 tunnels which is a different kind of experience. Unfortunately, the sad news is that, the Karnataka government has banned this option. Hence this is no more an option.
Option 2: Train Travel :
All the trains travelling from Londa Junction to Kulem Station go via Dudhsagar falls. The trains slow down here allowing the passengers to get a picturesque view of the waterfalls. However, the very drawback of this option is you will get few seconds to enjoy the beauty. The luxury of spending ample amount of time gazing at the beautiful falls isn’t available. This option also gives you the expeirence of travelling through the tunnel. There are total of 16 tunnels. Dudhsagar falls is between the tunnel 11 and 12. So, make sure you are glued your eyes to the left side of the train (if you are travelling from Londa to Kulem).
Option 3: Trek From Kulem:
The most popular way to reach the Dudhsagar waterfalls is to trek from Kulem. The trek trail starts within few meters outside the Kulem station. The trail takes you through the dense forest before you reach the falls. The total distance is around 12 KMS and it would take around 4 to 5 hours to reach. The difficulty level is easy as there is not much to ascend or descend. All you need to do is travel on the wide mud road to reach the place. However, you cannot explore on your own and need to hire a local guide. The charges are Rs 2000 for a minimum of 4 people and then changes based on the number of people. They take care of the forest permission, life jacket as well.
Option 4: Jeep Safari from Kulem:
If you are not fit enough to travel 12 KMS one way, you can as well opt for jeep safari. The safari charges are approximately 500 Rs per person. Before you are excited too much, this option is allowed only from October during the waterfalls is not even to half of the fullest. Earlier, own vehicles were allowed but now this is been stopped and you are forced to choose the jeep safari.
There is no accommodation near Dudhsagar falls. The nearest accommodation options are available in Kulem. The options aren’t plenty. After a lot of research, I have found couple of options
If you are planning to trek on yourself, you can choose the above accommodation options. However, there is a forest department required and the permission is provided only with a local guide. The resorts can arrange the guide upon request and the charges are 2000 Rs for 4 people.
Best Option to Trek Dudhsagar?
I have explored many options to trek to Dudhsagar waterfalls. Since the option through Castel Rock is banned now, the best option is to travel through trekking clubs. Few trek clubs provide a stay in the jungle which is an amazing experience.
Best time to Visit?
Undoubtedly, best time to visit the falls is in the monsoon, when the rain is at its peak. The picture in this article is taken in the 3rd week of September. Hence any visit after monsoon is likely to disappoint you.
Total trek distance : 12kms one way
Nearest railway station : Kulem
Forest charges : Applicable. Local guide will take care . You might have to pay extra for camera
Trek on Railway Track allowed ?: No