Travel Guide for Dudhsagar Waterfall in Goa

I guess all the adventure lovers got to know what above quote is!!  And they are the only people who know what life is, in reality. Among many places in India one of the best mixtures of excitement, thrill and beauty is the visit of Dudhsagar Waterfalls in Goa.

The water fall is named with the very beautiful story of a Legend and a beautiful princess. The name ‘Dudhsagar’ in Hindi pronounced as ‘sea of milk’ which many believe is an illusion looks like a white spray and foam that the great waterfall creates as it cascades into the waters of the lake.

The fall is at its peak of beauty during the monsoon season, although they are a popular attraction all year round. This is one among all the tallest waterfalls in India comprising of the height 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 meters (100 feet). This waterfall forms the border between Karnataka and Goa states. Its sight is so mesmerizing, as you see the milky vapors rise from the falls.

The entire phenomenon is usually described as clouds falling from the heavens, descending directly onto the earth. The magical view of white water, gushing over the steep, nearly vertical face of the mountain from a spectacular height, is both breath taking and awe inspiring, making one aware that there are many forces in nature much more powerful that the human mind and body.

Credit: Anamika Gupta

Although there is not any specific trek for this fall, mostly treks are banned by the government but there are still few ways to access to the bottom of this falls.


Since it is located in the outskirt area where is lack of transport ,as  It is 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Madgaon-Belagavi rail route about 46 km east of Madgaon and 80 km south of Belagavi.

The nearest rail station accessible by road to the falls is Castle Rock station. Visitors could get in a train from this station and land at the Dudhsagar stop, it is just a stop neither have any platform or anything else. Passengers and visitors have to climb down the steep ladder of the rail compartment in less time about in about one or two mins. unscheduled stop. From this rail stop, visitors have to walk about a kilometer on the tracks to arrive at the
Dudhsagar Waterfalls.

While the walk itself is something unexpected for a popular tourist destination, there is a 200 m train tunnel that is totally dark which makes the walk a bit tough, and sometimes risky too as sometimes presence of leopard and snakes are found on it, according to railway drivers.:

Recently Indian Railways has banned people from boarding/deboarding passengers at Dudhsagar stop.  There is no availability of fresh drinking water nor clean rest room facilities anywhere in the vicinity of the falls including at the rail stop. There is absolutely no access to power or network signal at the sight just as there is no access to road transportation.

One can also reach the Dudhsagar Waterfalls with the help of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary Taxi near a Village called Molem. This Association will take you through lush green forest and some heavy flowing streams and get back to you same place. Currently this is the only access to the Waterfall. The plus point of going through Association is One can see the full view of Doodhsagar Waterfall where as if you go by Indian Railway you will see half of waterfall view only.

You need to hire your own taxi to get there, it’s about 1hr 30 mins drive from Agonda. And once you are there you need to queue for tickets for the 4×4 jeeps which take you on the 40 min BUMPY drive to the base of the waterfall from where it’s just a few min. walk.

We arrived just as the ticket office opened at 0830 and there was already a queue and the time, we got to the lake at the foot of the falls it became unbearably busy very quickly. Nice to have a swim in the fall lake.

Time to reach

From September to May, the tours often suggest making the trip an all-day affair with a picnic lunch surrounded by the natural beauty of the
Dudhsagar Waterfalls. There are even some tours which offer a one night stay at the base of the falls, camping in the open in tents.

During the monsoon season treks are the only way to access the waterfall since they are burgeoning with run off from the hills and can make the passage of a vehicle near impassable. Although reaching the falls in the monsoon season is difficult the sheer majesty and splendor of this natural wonder makes it worthwhile.

Tips to travel

  1. Carry mosquito repellent if you plan on visiting during the monsoon season.
  2. Do not attempt to dive into the Devil’s Canyon; it is known to have strong undercurrents that can sweep you away.
  3. You can spend an hour to an hour and a half at the falls and the pool, after which you must return to your jeep and drive back so that other visitors may come in.
  4. It is highly recommended that you do not carry any edibles to the sanctuary or near the waterfall to avoid littering and unwarranted curiosity from animals.

(As per Goa Tourism Development Corporation Limited)

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