Dudhsagar Falls – the moment you hear these words, the visuals of trains passing through the falls come to your mind. Thanks to Bollywood. This tall, tiered, and perennial waterfall is a must-see destination in Goa. Bollywood films like the Chennai Express have shared their spectacular visuals in front of millions even if the coordinates of the waterfalls were misplaced.
I first saw these wonderful waterfalls when I was on the Deccan Odyssey trip. It was fun to watch the waterfall from the luxury of my personal cabin. Minutes later we were all discussing the view. Since the time we moved to Goa, I have seen them many times on different trains that I have taken. However, it is now that we got an opportunity to visit the waterfalls to admire them in full glory.
A story of Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Dudhsagar literally means the ocean of milk. Here is the story that tells us how it got the name.
The legend is that there was a lake in the western ghats. This is where a princess used to come for bathing every day with her friends. After the bath, they used to drink milk – as much as a jug of milk. One fine day as they were playing in the lake a young man passed by. He stopped to look at the maidens in the water. The maidens to save their dignity poured the milk in a way that created a curtain of milk.
It is believed that since then the waterfall is flowing creating a curtain of milk.
I am not sure about the story, but I can tell you that once you have heard the story the waterfall does look a wee bit milkier in appearance.
What is Dudhsagar Falls?
Dudhsagar Falls is actually a punctuation mark in the journey of the Mandovi River from the Western Ghats to Panjim where it meets the Arabian sea. This waterfall is in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park region, Sanguem Taluka in Goa, a protected area.
From top to bottom Dudhsagar waterfall is more than 300 meters or 1000 ft in height.
Mandovi falls from the height, into a deep green pool before it moves on its westward journey to the Arabian Sea.
Video of Trip to Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Watch the video of our trip to the best waterfalls of Goa in HD mode. Indian Railways trains passing by the waterfalls are a sight you should not miss.
On the Jeep ride from the forest gate to Dudhsagar, you would find some houses – which means some people live inside. We even saw a sugarcane field and we were told the workers in this field come in the morning and leave by the evening.
There are two temples that we saw – one belongs to Dudhsagar Baba. Now I am not sure who he really is but the temple looks fairly new. As we are not allowed to get off the jeep, we could not visit the temple.
The second temple belongs to Satteri – the goddess that can be seen all over Goa. Between Satteri and Shantadurga it would be difficult to choose who would be the presiding deity of Goa. And as some would say, both of them are different versions of the same divine feminine.
Video of Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Fabulous landscape scene of a Train passing by Dudhsagar Waterfalls Goa – Best of Indian Railways.
Visiting Dudhsagar Falls
We reached Mollem around 9 AM & joined the long queue to get the Jeep ticket. It was an exceptionally crowded day and it took us nearly 2 hours to get the ticket. Once in Jeep, we had to wait for almost an hour outside the forest gate. We were told that they are trying to limit the overall number of Jeeps inside the park.
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We admired the quiet and absolutely clean Mandovi flowing next to our waiting queue. I was hoping to see some animals or birds but then with so many jeeps and humans around it was asking for too much.
After crossing the forest gate we started driving through the thick jungle. In places, we passed through the canopy of trees, and at other places, we could see some habitation. We crossed two small streams and many other smaller streams smiled at us through the drive. The road was muddy and slushy, as the monsoons have still not completely gone.
At the Jeep Parking place which was obviously full of Jeeps and tourists they brought in, there is Watchtower. If you do not want to trek for 1 km from here, this is your best bet to admire the fall. The view of the falls is nice. Monkeys of the wildlife sanctuary, however, think that the Watchtower is their place so you would need to deal with them.
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Walk to the wonderful waterfalls
From the Jeep stand, we started walking towards the fall – all full of excitement to finally see the falls up, close, and personal. We had to go up and down some steps that must have been built as proper staircases in some era. Then we had to cross a narrow stream where the water was gushing through large rocks on our right to become a fiery stream on our left. The branch of a tree was bending on the stream as if trying to protect it or maybe trying to kiss it.
It was a lovely scene to witness. I loved the sound of water as it made its way through the rocks and finally claimed a space for itself as a stream. After admiring it for a while, I moved ahead. A little ahead another stream awaited us. I was charmed once again.
Anyway, my curiosity about meeting the waterfalls made my steps move ahead. It was a rocky and slippery path. I saw many before me struggle and some even slip. That made me extra conscious of the rough terrain ahead. Suddenly the waterfalls made an appearance in full glory. I could see it from top to bottom in a single frame – just like the most famous images of its show. The railway bridge cuts through the middle of Dudhsagar falls.
It was a sight to behold.
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After soaking in this sight, it was time to brave some more rocky paths where the challenge was not to come in the path of jumping monkeys. There was water, there were rocks piled on each other and there were monkeys jumping everywhere. It was risky, many fell but most of us managed to reach the base of the waterfalls.
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
At the base of the Dudhsagar falls is a lake in turquoise blue water. Tourists – all of them in red life jackets swam in the lake while the lifeguards leisurely balanced themselves on rocks. I like to hear the sound of falling water, but with so many people around, the human sounds overpowered the sounds of the waterfall. It was still therapeutic to look at the water impatiently falling and flowing away.
A few bright yellow benches held onto the rocks. Some elderly women sat. I also sat for a while but then the rocks tempted me. After spending our designated time, we walked back, with the satisfaction that after living in Goa for good 4 years we have finally seen the mighty and the best waterfalls of the state.
How to Reach Dudhsagar Falls?
Dudhsagar waterfalls are located inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary which lies at the border of Goa and Karnataka. You can either reach it by road from a village called Mollem at the edge of the Mollem National Park. By train the closest railway station for Dudhsagar is Kulem.
Where is Dudhsagar Falls?
It is about 70 KM from Panjim, 46 KM from Madgaon, and 80 KM from Belagavi.
A Taxi from Panjim costs anywhere between 3000-4000 Rs.
During the season, Goa Tourism operates a conducted tour of the waterfalls that also covers some other destinations like spice gardens and old Goa. Check the Goa Tourism website for more details.
You can trek to the waterfalls from Kuveshi village (6 KM) or Collem Railway Station (11 KM) or Castle Rock Railway Station (14 KM). However, please go only with organizers who have prior permission from the Forest Department, Goa for such treks. These treks are tough and are not suitable for general visitors.
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Dudhsagar Falls Hotels and Restaurants
Dudhsagar Spa Resort – Goa Tourism has a Dudhsagar Resort at Mollem Village, not too far from where you get the Jeeps. They have lovely tented accommodations where you can stay and enjoy the jungle. I stayed there last year during monsoons and really enjoyed the forest all around. For more details – Check out their website.
Jungle Cafe – This is a lovely garden restaurant with pots all over the ceiling. It serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffets. It is an eco-friendly place that is not just surrounded by plants all around but also segregates its waste properly. Food is simple but fulfilling.
There are small eateries around the Jeep Ticket Counters where you get all kinds of food, but fish curry remains the most popular food here.
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- Jeep Fees – 2800 per Jeep or Ra 400 per person
- Life Jacket Fee – Rs 30 per person
- Forest Entry Fee – Rs 50 Per person
- Still Camera – Rs 30 per camera
- Video Camera – Needs special permission (someone needs to tell them that all cameras have a video facility)
- Mobile Camera – Free
All figures as of Oct 2017 & are subject to change.
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- The waterfalls are open to tourists from mid-October until the end of May. For exact dates, check with Goa Tourism before traveling.
- It is closed during monsoon months. The water levels in the river, as well as falls, are very high. Jeeps do not ply during these months and trekking is not advised unless you are an avid trekker. Do not fall for people who offer to take you by train as there are no trains that will bring you back.
- You need to buy a seat in the Jeep to enter the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary. A Jeep can take up to 7 persons. There are 225 jeeps that are allowed inside the sanctuary every day at the time of writing.
- You can roughly spend 60-90 minutes, after which you must return to your jeep and drive back so that others can come in.
- There is a huge queue to buy the ticket for the jeep. Once you are in the Jeep, you have to queue up at the forest gate and get rid of all the plastic you are carrying with you.
- We strongly suggest not carrying any eatables inside the sanctuary or near the waterfalls as there are lots of monkeys and they are always looking for food.
- The path to the base of the waterfall from the Jeep parking is about a kilometer. It passed through two small streams with fragile bridges on them. The last part is rocky and very risky – be very careful especially if you have children or the elderly with you. I wish Goa Tourism or the Goa forest department make a walking platform to make the place safe for travelers.
- There is no medical aid or food available once you are inside the forest. So plan accordingly.
- There are lifeguards who keep an eye on you at the lake below the waterfall but they would be able to only help you with not drowning in the water.
- Please wear your life jacket if you plan to swim.
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Plan for a full day at Dudhsagar if you are going from Panjim or coming from anywhere outside of Goa. If you are staying close to it, then you can do them in half a day.
Online Booking for Dudhsagar Waterfalls Trip
GTDC organizes day trips to the waterfalls and recently online Jeep bookings have been started so that one does not have to wait long hours in the queue for the Forest Department-approved Jeep Safari. Below are the links. Do ask them all the questions you may have if you choose to book online.
GTDC Dudhsagar Waterfalls trip
Trip Raja Dudhsagar Waterfalls Jeep
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary & Zoo, Goa
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa
very interesting post. I must go there.
Dudhsagar falls is the best destination of goa and you shared good information about that beautiful monument of goa. its really amazing places in to experience beauty of beaches and stunning photos you shared.
feel like rushin 2 dudhsagar falls.
there is one such fall near coorg…. mysore. forget the name….think starts with A.
equivalent of this and famous for its lingest width…breadth is the chitrakoot falls near jagdalpur in chhattisgarh which i visited twice off season and during the rains. both have got their own charm
I am yet to see Chitrakoot Falls. The one near Coorg is Abbey Falls – that is also very beautiful.
I just love waterfalls, but who doesn’t! The landscapes in your photos are just gorgeous. I would love to visit these myself!
Thank you, Maggie. May you get to travel to Goa and India soon enough to experience Dudhsagar yourself.
I’d never heard of Dudhsagar Falls before, I need to watch more Bollywood films! But I like the legend of why it looks so milky, I can definitely see that, at least at the top of the falls. There were some good storytellers coming up with these ideas.
Katherine, we really do not believe these legends, but stories stay with you, they keep reminding you why this fall is called so. STories have been used as mediums to convey the essential since ages in India.
Beautiful! It is so green, lush & tropical. Played the video and swimming in the falls looks so refreshing. This is the second or third time that I see a post from Goa that really attracts. It is becoming more and more a place that I’m considering visiting.
Sheila – Goa is India’s favorite tourist destination. If you ask anyone where do you want to go for holiday – most likely you would hear the word Goa – and Dudhsagar is a favorite spot in Goa.
I visit to the Dudhsagar Falls looks and sounds incredible, and I can definitely see why the are called the most beautiful falls in India. I found the story behind the Falls’ name really fascinating. Thank you for sharing! I would also love to swim in those pools too!
It is an incredible waterfall Ania, I am sure you would enjoy swimming there.
Great advice and beautiful photos! I love waterfalls.
Thank you, Jenn. Glad you liked the post on IndiTales.
My partner and I saw Dudhsagar Falls from the Madgaon to Hospet train at the end of July this year. It’s spectacular! There are so many waterfalls to be seen from the train at that time of year, big and small. The jungle is so green! I’m sure it is at any time of the year but in the monsoon it’s so incredibly intense. It contrasted so dramatically with the area of Karnataka that the train goes through which seemed like a desert in comparison. Thanks for a great post!
Verity, you are right, during monsoons the whole of Konkan region is full of waterfalls. You can drive anywhere and you see only two things – green color and waterfalls. Dudhsagar is a perennial waterfall as it is really the river that is falling from the top, but most others are seasonal waterfalls.
Omg, my name is Verity too…. I have never heard of anyone else called verity in my life
These heavenly Falls are on my list since the time I watched Chennai express.. I did not know that it is open only from October to May for tourists. Thanks for the great post.
I know, Chennai Express has made Dudhsagar world famous. Well, you can go in monsoons by trekking but it is a bit risky. Here is wishing you a trip to Goa soon enough.
I regret that this is one trip I never did while in Goa. Though I have good memories of seeing the falls from the train on our trips to Bangalore and back.
Aparna, we managed to do this when we had guests visiting us and they kind of pushed us to come along. Last 4 years in Goa, we kept procrastinating about this trip. Sometimes, going with the flow helps. I have Dudhsagar many times from train – but you get to see just a part of it in one go. To see the whole fall in one frame, you have to go there.
The Jeep fees have increased over the years, a lot! We visited a few years ago. It’s a nice spot with the monkeys, and I took a lot of great dhudsagar monkey pictures for my article back then. It’s a place I would maybe visit once.
Helene – looks like the jeep prices go up every year. As much as it was beautiful, I do not want to go back till they take some security measures like building a walking platform on the rocks. It is too risky and you lose so much time standing in the queues.
India has been on my bucket list for FOREVER! Absolutely stunning. Dudhsagar Falls is now definitely on my list too!
Anna, time to tick off India from your wish list, although India is too large to be ever ticked off 🙂
We visited dudhsagar few years back and it was really amazing. Loved reading your post.old memories refreshed ????
Madhu, It is always good to hear that we have been able to invoke your fond memories of places like Dudhsagar falls.
Beautiful post with full of informations, thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks, Pamela – glad you enjoyed the post on IndiTales.
Love the layers of the falls. Great detail and historical context. It’s clear why Dudhsagar Falls have to be visited.
Thank you, Rosemary.
I’ve not heard of this waterfall before – but wow, how beautiful is that!!! And I love that they offer life jackets for swimming, very helpful.
Rachel – this is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that I have seen. It has been used in many Indian Films as location.
That is a beautiful waterfall indeed. Oh. My friends, who went to Goa are all about party party. But there is so many other things to see.
Unfortunately, Alexander – most people think Goa is just to party, while I have been discovering its various facets for last 4 years – it ancient temples, its national parks, and its colorful festivals.
Wow! That’s one tall waterfall! I’ve always been fascinated by waterfalls and Dudhsagar falls definitely captured my attention! The walk going to the falls is lovely. Love the stream you saw going to the falls and the way you described it on your IG post is very poetic!
Thank you, Marvi. It is a stunning falll & like any other natural beauty, it can invoke the poet in you.
What a lovely waterfall! The train passing with the falls on the background is really dramatic & amazing, I must see it myself!
So there’s more to Goa than just beaches and parties! Love your post! ????
Yes, yes, yes – there is lot more to Goa than parties. We have 50+ posts on Goa taking you to its hinterlands & it’s cultural fibre.
Quite interesting place and the post too. Would love to visit there as I love waterfalls. And yes after Chennai Express, the waterfall gained so much attention. Thanks for sharing 🙂
After Chennai Express, you do need to explain Dudhsagar – everyone knows it.
I love nature and film sites, so this seem like an amazing place to visit. Must see if you love waterfalls and hiking.
Filmwallahs love Dudhsagar although it is not a easy location to film at.
I went in mid-September and at that jeeps were not available. I went on a motorcycle and the route he took along the railway track was an adventure. I love to go again 🙂
The waterfall must be even more gorgeous in monsoons. I usually do not recommend it to people during monsoons as it can be risky.
Wow! Just, wow! Such an amazing, beautiful, majestic waterfalls! Wow!!! I love waterfalls but lately I have been intimidated with the trekking that might go with it (perhaps I have become weaker or just lazy sometimes). Thank you for sharing! I wish I could see this or other waterfalls just as breathtaking as this!
Kate, this one does not involve much trekking. Jeep take you quite close to the base of the waterfall. I know what you mean, I have also missed a lot of waterfalls due to the trekking they demand.
दूध सागर झरने की ट्रैकिंग कभी नहीं भूल सकता।
दूधसागर को कोई कैसे भूल सकता है।
The picture of the tree bending over the stream is wallpaper quality. How does the intensity of the waterfall change after monsoons? Is it as dramatic? And that jungle cafe is so inviting!
It is a perennial waterfall – you get the best view if you go just after monsoons like we did in October.
I love this dudhsagar falls in Goa, Once in my life really visit this falls.
I had been to this place ..this is the lovely place..but the time I went it was not having water.
Its Nice Photography and Amazing Information by Waterfalls Enjoy it Thanks
one of the best travel blog ever, thanks for the sharing
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Glad you liked IndiTales Mohit.
This looks like an untouched beauty. Amazing pictures. I am definitely gonna visit this.
Isha, not really untouched anymore, since Bollywood took fancy to Dudhsagar falls, but still as beautiful to visit.
wow such an amazing waterfall.. thanks for sharing
I saw this fall in all her prime, from the train speeding up towards Bangalore from Vasco Da Gama railway station. It remains one of the most scenic rail journey I will always cherish, keeping in mind the breathtaking Shivalik from Kalka to Simla or Darjeeling toy train. I remember I frantically ran from one window to another as you get a glimse of the falls from both the sides. It is beautiful. Just as Goa is stunning during monsoon! I remember the tea vendor at train told me “khallash” as the view passed by and I was longing for more. probably one waterfall that could compensate for me not being able to spend more time there is the Jang waterfall from Arunachal Pradesh 🙂 PS: I am in love with your blog. What a great find Inditales is!
Thank you Madhurima. I liked the Thoseghar waterfalls also for their horseshoe formation and of course, you have to see Amboli falls in monsoons – I call it the kingdom of waterfalls in India. We walk a couple of kilometers with big and small waterfalls and to eat Sabudana Wada after that is simply awesome.
Last my visit panjim goa. But I stay over only 2 days. So next trip I will be visit as per your locating.
Thanks. Anuradha JI
It’s an amazing place. The must be visited the place of goa is Dudh Sagar. natural waterfalls coming from mountains. water is so clean. an unforgettable trip to Dudhsagar will be remembered throughout my life. Those who are planning to visit Goa. I recommended u to visit Dudhsagar once in a life. It was an excellent experience. Thanks to sea water sports make my trip memorable.
Dudh Sagar waterfall visit was one of the best memorable trips of my life. The natural beauty and white (milk) waterfall were the best. It was an awesome experience.
Very nicely and briefly explain . Just wanted to update some points as we visited recently to Dhudsagar and stayed in Dhudsagar spa resort only.During monsoon the Govt. Ban the Jeep but hotel people has arranged the trek via train route and it was awesome experience once in a lifetime, we couldn’t reach to the base of Dhudsagar as it was close due to high level of water . The guide provided by the resort took us to the main train track view as shown in the movie “Chennai Express” . They charged us Rs.800/- per adult ,children are free. however I don’t recommend to take child below 4 yrs as it is difficult to climb in any train without plateform. There are very few trains on this route but the guide name Abdul give you 100% suerety to take u back. They have some understanding with train drivers on this route. Be ready to come back by train engine (fully adventourous). Everyday 8.30 am train from kullem station is there to visit Dhudsagar . On Thursday train at 11 am is there to return back to your resort otherwise 1 pm and 4.30 some goods train are available for returning. Train stop for few minutes to climb down at Dhudsagar station ,here I like to add all the 3 guide from different resort help children in climbing and walking through the tracks . From Dhudsagar station it just 10 min walk along the track to see the fall.
Excellent write up Mam…I have been to Dudh Sagar Falls very recently and after going through the words, photographs & videos above , I felt as if I am once again standing right below this beautiful waterfall..Very informative & useful blog..Just a few updates Mam :
1. They have raised Jeep charges a little to Rs. 500 per person
2. Much to the delight & convenience of Tourists, Goa Tourism Department has recently started online booking of tickets for Dudh Sagar Falls .
Thanks for the updated information. We will update the post soon.
What a great Blog!! The must be visited the place of goa is Dudh Sagar. natural waterfalls coming from the mountains. the water is so clean. an unforgettable trip to Dudhsagar will be remembered throughout my life. It was an awesome experience.
This is one of the best travel blog
Hello Anuji… this was really a nice story. I enjoyed reading it. I also wrote an article on my trip to Dudhsagar Falls.
Hi Anu, great write up on Dudhsagar and the surroundings. In addition to the places you mentioned, I would like to highlight an offbeat farmstay with a splendid natural water swimming pool located within easy reach of Kulem, the Dudhsagar Plantation (www.dudhsagarplantation.com) – it’s a good option for nature lovers who’d like to explore the Dudhsagar Region. Consider this an invitation to stay during your next visit to Goa.
Ashok ji – I live in Goa 🙂
Very nice. Thanks to writers
Very nice, thanks for this information
Nice Post. Very detailed still interesting to read. You did not explain much about backwater. You should do a lil bit about it. Only, that’s my suggestion. Beyond that everything is absolutely right.