Dudhsagar Falls – The majestic Dudhsagar Waterfalls are one of the natural wonders of Goa and have been made all the more popular by the blockbuster movie Chennai Express. Perched on the high peaks of Western Ghats, Dudhsagar Waterfalls are a glorious sight especially in the monsoons when they are in full and furious flow.
The waterfall is situated inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Sanguem district of Goa, on the Goa-Karnataka border. When seen from a distance, the waterfall appears like a stream of milk rushing down the mountain side. Measuring a mighty 310 metres from head to foot, this 4 tiered waterfall attracts steady stream visitors throughout the year.
The waterfall is located on the Mandovi River, which after pouring across the Deccan Plateau, forms a torrent and splits into three streams that cascade down a near vertical cliff face into a deep pool.
Literally, the name Dudhsagar means “sea of milk”. The name is derived from the cloud of milky fog which rises at the bottom of the fall. The fall is located amidst breathtaking scenery overlooking a steep crescent shaped head of a valley covered with pristine tropical forests.
The fall is accessible only by foot or by train. The most popular route is to get down at the Castlerock railway station and then trek for 14 km through scenic landscape to reach the Dudhsagar waterfalls. The 14 km trek takes 5 to 6 hours. Alternatively, there are two trains a day that halt at the Dudhsagar Station from where you can cover the short journey to the falls on the foot. You can plan your trip in such a manner that you catch a morning train, visit the waterfalls and then take an afternoon train to come back.
The bottom of the falls can also be reached through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest department runs jeep service through the sanctuary up to the foot of the falls. The service is closed during the monsoon season. The railway line from Vasco to Londa passes near the top of the falls and offers excellent views of the fall from the train.