Americans have been traveling to India for a long time now, in 2021 almost 500 thousand people traveled to this country from the United States. India is home to a rich culture and tons of attractions, but one of the biggest draws is its stunning landscapes, and one that stood out is Dudhsagar Falls, a beautiful waterfall in Goa. This can be easily labeled as a hidden gem, that’s why I want to talk more about it. In this post, I’m going to let you know everything about a trip to Dudhsagar Falls, from how to reach it to the best time to visit it.
The stunning waterfall attracts tourists for its breathtaking landscape, making it one of the most visited places in Goa. A four-tiered fall that stands at 320 meters, gaining a spot on the tallest waterfalls in the country. Also, Inside the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife park, the Dudhsagar Falls which means “Sea of Milk”, is a waterfall coming from the Mandovi River and located 60 km from the city of Panaji, in South Goa, India, and ends ups flowing through Goa before emptying into the Arabian Sea. Something remarkable about it is that the Belgavi–Vasco Da Gama rail route passes through it, giving it an amazing movie fairytale look.
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How to Reach Dudhsagar Falls
The first thing you need to do is get to India, you’ll probably be getting to Mumbai, from there you can easily use air india express to get to Goa. The main way to get to Dudhsagar Falls is from Panaji (capital of Goa). You can take a bus, a taxi or a tour. The Dudhsagar Falls is 70 km from Panaji’s Kadamba Bus Stand. Once you get off the bus, you’ll need to go under the bridge to reach Tambdi Surla then take another taxi from there if you want.
If you’re heading to the falls directly from the Goa International Airport, I highly recommend you take a taxi. Usually, the trip to Dudhsagar Falls takes about one hour or a bit more.
Notice that you can take a train ride too. The nearest railway station to the Dudhsagar Falls is Collem (South Central Railway). So, the route you need to take to the falls from Goa is Collen – Mollen.
Best Time to Visit Dudhsagar Falls
Dudhsagar Falls are best to visit between the months of October and June. The weather is pleasant, and it has a pool full of cold water. Despite the heat, it still feels cool, making it perfect for a day out and spending some time at the base of the waterfall.
June is by far the best time to visit the falls, which is during the monsoon period. The water levels will be high due to this, so there will be more water falling down through the rocks, giving an even better look.
Location – It’s located on the Madgaon-Belgaum railway route in Sonaulim, Goa (403410), India
Time – The Dudhsagar falls are accessible from 9 AM to 6 PM, but if you’re traveling by train, you might get a glimpse at them for a second as part of your journey.
Price – There’s no entry fee charged to visit the Dudhsagar Falls in Goa.
Things to do
There are a couple of things to do, but most are done around the falls than in the actual fall. Most of them involve hiking, trekking, safaris, and tours.
Jeep Safari Experience from Mollen
You can find many agencies in Goa, Panaji and some in Collum offering jeep safari tours, some of them also offer online booking, but I recommend you to go physically, that way you can check even more options.
The Mollen National Park jeep safari is a 40-min ride all the way, passing through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, you will be crossing stunning jungles, and getting a glimpse of the fauna and flora of the area. You’ll hear birds singing the whole time, and you may spot some species of barking deer, macaques, and drongo, among other animals.
Trek from Castle Rock to Dudhsagar Falls
If your type of adventure is different, and you prefer walking and enjoying the outdoors firsthand, this is for you.
A 15 km middle difficulty hike that can take up to 7h, the trek starts at Bangalore, Castle Rock all the way to the Dudhsagar Falls. This is the best way to experience the wildlife while doing a challenging and serene route. You’ll be able to immerse yourself on the trek, a great place to spot birds and other animals.
I encourage you to not do this trek alone, hire a guide and enjoy it with some other people. Take enough water, and food, and pack a medical kit and some extra clothing.
Head to the Devil’s Canyon (Devcharacho Kond)
Not so far from the Dudhsagar Falls, at almost 1 km away, you’ll find a stunning river coming out from the top of the rock. Something interesting about this hike is the railway crossing right through the rock. The hike up to the canyon is remarkable, you’ll be able to get close to nature, hear birds, and spot them, also you can spot other local animals.
Once you get there, you’ll see the canyon, slippery rocks and the sound of water rushing like crazy. The current here is too strong, so swimming is prohibited.