Dudhsagar is one of the world's most exquisite falls that lies in India.The falls lie high up in the Mandovi River's watershed and so are not particularly spectacular during the dry season. During the monsoon season however, the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India.
Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India's 5th tallest waterfall,and is 227th in the world at 310 m.The water plummets hundreds of feet in large volumes during the monsoon season, forming one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. It is a major part of the Goa ecosystem.This is a four tiered waterfall with a total height of 310 metres (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet).
The Water Fall can be reached both by road and rail. It can be reached by road from the National Highway (NH-4A). The nearest Station to the falls is Collem (Kuhlem) (South Western Railway). The route for rail to reach the falls from Goa is Collem - Mollem (6 km) - Dudhsagar Falls. The other route is from Carambolim (Karmali Railway Station - Konkan Railways). The route is Carambolim - Old Goa - Ponda - Tiska- Mollem (total 50 km) - Dudhsagar Falls.
But entering the park and mountains which lead to the falls is not advisable in a normal car, and may only be accessible to SUVs and 4WD jeeps, as the road comprises a jungle track that has rivers criss-crossing it at several points. The driver drops one just near the falls from where one may have to walk 1 kilometer ahead, crossing over small ways carved through the rocks at the foot of the falls. This waterfalls lies on the Londa - Margaon railway route.
Route 1 (Castle Rock Route):
This is the most famous route during the monsoon, Reach Castle Rock station and start a Scenic 14 km hike to Dudhsagar Water falls along the railway track, it normally takes 5–6 hours for a normal person to reach.In this route we will be passing through a number of tunnels, a board reading "Welcome to Goa" and also great views of the Valley.
Route 2 (Kulem Route):
This is equally scenic but less popular as compared to Route 1, One has to get down at Kuhlem/Collem Railway station and walk towards the falls which is about 11 km away. It normally takes 4–5 hours for a normal person to reach. The famous photograph of Trains passing through before the waterfalls can be seen in this route, and also the complete strecth of the falls will be visible while you hike towards the waterfalls.
Route 3 (Transport + Hike):
In Kulhem one can hire a 4X4 to reach the foot of the Dudhsagar waterfalls, There is a taxi stand called 'Dudhsagar Taxi stand' where one can hire a vehicle and get dropped near the falls which is 1 km hike from the dropping point. This is used in the post-pre monsoon season and is suitable for large groups with kids and ladies.
Route 4 (Kuveshi-Dudhsagar):
This is the most adventurous route and cannot be attempted in monsoon since we have to cross Mondovi river during the hike. The hike starts from a village called Kuveshi around 10 km from Castle Rock railway station. The hike is through thick jungle and is difficult to complete without experience. By this we can reach Dudhsagar Railway station which is 1 km from the falls
How to Reach Dudhsagar Falls in Goa:
Being the most popular waterfall in Goa, Dudhsagar forms a major sightseeing option on a tour organized by the Goa tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), or any other Private operators. The Dudhsagar falls is easily accessible by a train journey from Vasco or Margao. The train stops at Colllem in the Bhagwan Sanctuary near Mollem before reaching Dudhsagar falls. If you want reach the spot by the road then you can take jeep from the railway station of Collem. The roadway is recommended only between January and May when the level of the water permits the jeep to reach the base of the Dudhsagar falls. The interstate bus stand is at Ponda. Buses and taxis are also available from panaji to reach the Dudhsagar falls.
Best Time to Visit Dudhsagar Falls in Goa:
The good time to visit this magnificent falls and soak in its beauty is the Monsoon when the falls become active. It might get risky travelling to the waterfall during monsoon as the roads get slippery. However, visiting the Dudhsagar after the Monsoons form October to Mid December is a great idea as the roads are dry and safe and the fall still full of water.
David, a tourist from Las Vegas says, i had a great day at this beautiful fall. This beautiful waterfall is located in middle of the evergreen rich forest. Had amazing time there and would love to visit it again.
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