Goa is a place where tourists flock at any time of the year. Whenever you plan to visit the paradise of beaches, Goa you get a list of best places to visit in Goa. There is no such list that will miss the majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls. The splendid cascade of milky white water gushing over the steep valley is sure to awe-struck you by its serenity and mesmerizing views.
I have lived in Goa for over three years and every time I head out for expenditure, Goa has proved to offer more excitement and thrill than the previous one. The Dudhsagar waterfall is a must-visit attraction in Goa (one of my personal favorites), especially just after the monsoons. The foamy white, five-step waterfall is known for its spectacular beauty. One can enjoy the winds blowing over their faces as they trek to the enormous waterfall.
Let’s dig in more and know about this spectacular picnic spot in Goa – The Dudhsagar Waterfalls.
Dudhsagar Falls is ranked the 5th tallest waterfall in India and is a sight to behold. The waterfall is located on the Goa-Karnataka border inside the Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. Dudhsagar waterfall, a four-tiered cascade boasts a gigantic height of 1017 feet or 310 meters. It is a stunning beauty and grace on the River Mandovi in Goa. This makes it a must-visit place in Goa. I was simply mesmerized with the scenic beauty and panoramic views. The gushing water reminds me of the divine force so powerful so serene than any human can ever imagine. Next, I will share some myths about this amazing waterfall, how to reach there, entry fees and more.
Watch my vlog ‘Dudhsaga Waterfalls’ under the series Goa Beyond Beaches on my YouTube channel ‘Footloose Tribe’.
Naam Mein Kya Rakha Hai (What’s in the name)?
Shakespeare once said, “What’s in the name?” However, the story of Dudhsagar Falls revolves around its name. The name ‘Dudhsagar’ literally means ‘sea of milk’ because it gives an allusion of milky white foam falling down from the steep cliffs. This water rushes down and travels west to meet the vast Arabian Sea.
Dudhsagar waterfalls have an interesting mythological reference attached to its significance and appearance. According to a famous legend, a powerful and wealthy king ruled the kingdom on the Western Ghats. His luxurious and copious palace marked the dense landscape and vast stretches of gardens with many animals.
His beautiful princess used to take bath in the hot springs beside the Mandovi River every day. After having bath she drank a jug of milk in a jug made of pure glittering gold. One day she found herself being watched by a prince standing far in the midst of trees. Embarrassed by his gaze and her inadequate bathing clothing, the princess upturned the jug of milk to create a virtual curtain to save her dignity.
Here on the legend was born. The locals say this waterfall is the milk (dudh) poured down from the hills flowing into the torrents as the tribute to the resourceful princess of the Ghats. Thus the Dudhsagar waterfall (sea of milk) continues to surge down till this date.
Distance From Major Milestones
I have listed the approximate distance of Dudhsagar Falls from the major locales in Goa for your reference:
- 60-65 km from Panjim
- 47 km from Mudgaon
- 72 km from Vasco da Gama
- 10 km from Kulem
- 15 km from Mollem
Best Time To Visit
Dudhsagar waterfalls are at their zenith during the monsoon season. The best time to visit this spot is just after the rainy season, although tourist flock in here all year round. The period between October to March is best to visit Dudhsagar Waterfalls.
As you approach the falls during the rains you will hear a thunderous roar of the splashing water into the cold pool. Believe me, it gets wild and exciting. The trekking route gets slippery at this time due to the rains.
How To Reach Dudhsagar Waterfalls?
The way to the spectacular waterfall is much more than I expected. Filled with thrill and excitement I traveled to the taxi point where all private cars and taxis need to be parked before actually heading towards the falls. The ride from Vasco took me around 1.5 hours to reach this point.
From here there are two ways to reach the Dudhsagar Falls. One you can opt for an adventurous trek through the dense forest and the other involves taking a bumpy jeep safari leading to the pool at the base of the waterfall. I took the second way to read my most awaited destination.
After parking my vehicle (paid parking) I headed towards the counter to purchase my tickets for the jeep safari. The Government arranges for comfortable jeep rides for you to explore the beautiful landscapes where the waterfalls are located.
Note: Beware of the fraud or illegal tourist guides that promise to take you to the falls, they might be dangerous and a risk to your life.
The way to the falls was rough, bumpy, and achy with greenery that took me by awe. The mini waterfalls along the way were remarkable. If you’re having spine or back problems this experience might be a pain for you.
A day trip to the famous waterfall will give you excitement more than the beaches in Goa. You may also camp there overnight after an adventurous journey. Remember to wear proper shoes as the road is rough and rocky. It wouldn’t be a great idea to go there on your heels and sandals.
Jeep Safari: ₹ 500 per person
Life jacket: ₹ 40 per person
Entry at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary check post: ₹ 50 per person
Video camera: ₹ 100 per camera
Train Connections To Dudhsagar Waterfalls
The rail route between Londa and Margoa passes through the Dudhsagar waterfalls. Here are the trains which take you through the panoramic views of the waterfall.
- Howrah-Vasco Amaravathi Express
- Delhi-Goa Express
- Chennai-VascodaGama Express
- Pune-Ernakulam Express
Find the prices, schedules, and status for different trains on the official Indian Railways website — http://www.indianrail.gov.in/
The Dudhsagar waterfall should definitely be in your must-visit bucket list of Goa. Being wanderlust like me can bring you close to sheer majesty of this natural wonder.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many of us skip the Dudhsagar waterfalls on a trip to Goa. However, it’s a must-visit destination in Goa. It’s one of the biggest waterfalls in India and Goa. It takes an entire day to explore and enjoy the gushing falls in the midst of green landscapes.
Dudhsagar Falls is located on the Mandovi River in Goa. It is 67 km from Vasco by road and is located on the Madgaon-Belagavi rail route. The falls are around 76 km away from the capital city, Panjim.
The best time to visit Dudhsagar is just after the monsoon season. The milky white water gushing down through the lush green surroundings is a treat to your eyes. If you’re planning an adventure trip to the Dudhsagar Falls, October to May is the best time for you to visit.
The entry gate to the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary opens at 6:00 am till 5:00 pm in the evening.
Yes, you can drive to the falls in your own vehicle but only up to a certain point. The actual Dudhsagar waterfall is further down 10-12 km from here. The only way to reach there is by using the Government jeep safari or trekking down the dense forest and streams on the way. You may book the jeep tickets online or from the counter. There are many travel hubs that plan daily trips to the Dudhsagar waterfalls.
Make the most of your trip to Dudhsagar with an overnight stay. Book 2D/1N travel packages to the spot and experience the thrill. Take a trek to the fall and stay there overnight in tents. The tent picking activity is an awesome experience. Relax and unwind at the bonfire. Later indulge in delicious dinner buffet.
Wear clothes which are comfortable and wick away the sweat. Light cotton clothes are preferable. Make sure you wear a sturdy pair of sneakers or trail shoes or boots as you have to walk and trek to the way to the waterfalls.
The trip to Dudhsagar Falls is tedious and adventurous. You can opt for the jeep safari if you are traveling with the tiny tots with you. The dense forest and waters might get risky. However, take utmost care of your children at every step. Never let them out of sight.