Dudhsagar Falls – Trip To Most Beautiful Waterfall Of India

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Dudhsagar Waterfalls with Iconic Train Passing Scene
Dudhsagar Waterfalls with Iconic Train Passing Scene

Dudhsagar Falls – the moment you hear these words, the visuals of trains passing through the falls comes to your mind. Thanks to Bollywood. This tall, tiered and perennial waterfall is a must-see destination in Goa. Bollywood films like Chennai Express has shared its spectacular visuals in front of millions even if the coordinates of the Dudhsagar falls were misplaced.

I first saw the Dudhsagar waterfalls when I was on 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 from different trains that I have taken. However, it is now that we got an opportunity to visit the waterfalls to admire it in its full glory.

Story of Dudhsagar Waterfalls

First View of Dudhsagar Falls
First View of Dudhsagar Falls

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 water. The maidens to save their dignity poured the milk in a way that it 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.

Dudhsagar Falls Facts

Full View of Dudhsagar Falls
Full View of Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls is actually a punctuation mark in the journey of Mandovi River from the Western Ghats to Panjim where it meets the Arabian sea.

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 Trip Dudhsagar Falls in HD mode. Indian Railways trains passing by the waterfalls are a sight you should not miss.

Temples around Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Baba Temple
Dudhsagar Baba Temple

On the Jeep ride from 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.

Visiting Dudhsagar Falls

Mud Path through the forest - Dudhsagar
Mud Path through the forest

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.

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. At 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 that 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.

Walk to Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Bridge Over A Stream - Dudhsagar
Bridge Over A Stream – Dudhsagar

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 on 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. 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 claiming 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.

When a tree literally bends down to cover the strean, you wonder if it is trying to protect the steam or is it trying to build a bridge or it is simply so fascinated by the stream that it is bending backwards to just admire it in its glory. What do you think this #treetrunk is trying to do on this wild stream leading to #dudhsagarfalls in #mygoa ? #inditales #goastories #goatourism #dudhsagarfalls #dudhsagarwaterfall #dudhsagar #waterfallsfordays #goadiaries #gogoa #visitgoa #sogoa ₹goanscape #pickmygoapic #incredibleindiaofficial #indiapics #travelindia #discoverindia #indiastories #naturesultans #waterstream #travelbloggers #nofilters #naturescanvas #travelgoa

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Anyway, the curiosity of meeting the waterfall 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 waterfall made its appearance in full glory. I could see it from top to bottom in single frame – just like the most famous images of it show. The railway bridge cuts through the middle of Dudhsagar falls.

It was a sight to behold.

After soaking in this sight, it was time to brave some more rocky path 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 Dudhsagar Waterfalls.

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

Base of Dudhsagar Waterfall
Base of Dudhsagar Waterfall

At the base of the Dudhdagar falls is a lake in turquoise blue water. Tourists – all of them in red life jacket 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 on to the rocks. Some elderly women sat on. 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 Dudhsagar falls.

How to Reach Dudhsagar Falls

Me, at Dudhsagar Waterfall
Me, at Dudhsagar Waterfall

Dudhsagar waterfalls are located inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary that 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 sanctuary. By train the closest railway station for Dudhsagar is Kulem.

It is about 70 km from Panjim, 46 km from Madgaon an 80 km from Belagavi.

A Taxi from Panjim costs anywhere between 3000-4000 Rs.

During the season, Goa Tourism operates a conducted tour to Dudhsagar that also covers some other destinations like spice gardens and old Goa. Check the Goa Tourism website for more details.

You can trek to Dudhsagar from Kuveshi village (6 km) or Collem Station (11 Km) or Castle Rock Station (14 Km).

Hotels & Restaurants in Dudhsagar

Jungle Garden Cafe - Dudhsagar
Jungle Garden Cafe – Dudhsagar

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 accommodation 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 buffet. It is an eco-friendly place that is not just surrounded by plants all around but they also segregate their 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.

Entry Fee for Dudhsagar Falls

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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 video facility)
  • Mobile Camera – Free

All figures as of Oct 2017 & subject to change.

Travel Tips for Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Waterfall
Dudhsagar Waterfall
  1. Dudhsagar falls are open for tourist from mid-October until End of May. For exact dates, check with Goa Tourism before traveling.
  2. Dudhdagar falls are closed during monsoon months. The water levels in the river, as well as falls, is 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You can roughly spend 60-90 minutes, after which you must return to your jeep and drive back so that others can come in.
  5. 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.
  6. We strongly suggest not carrying any eatables inside the sanctuary or near Dudhsagar waterfalls as there are lots of monkeys and they are always looking for food.
  7. The path to Dudhsagar falls from the Jeep parking is about a kilometer. It passed through two small streams with fragile bridges on them. Last part is rocky and very risky – be very careful especially if you have children or elderly with you. I wish Goa Tourism or Goa forest department make a walking platform to make the place safe for travelers.
Medical Aid
  1. There is no medical aid or food available once you are inside the forest. So plan accordingly.
  2. 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 water.
  3. Please wear the life jacket if you plan to swim.

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.

50 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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.

    • 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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! 👍

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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.

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