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    Dudhsagar Waterfallls in Goa

    The riveting brilliance of God’s creation is depicted in the startling marvel of Dudhsagar waterfall. Strategically located on Goa-Karnataka border (but mainly in Goa), the gorgeous waterfall attracts thousands of tourists to its bounty. The gushing water from the streams creates an illusion of milk flowing through the mountains. As if a background out of Michelangelo’s painting, it exudes power and beauty. The strong currents and rushing sound of water subdue all other unnecessary chatter from your mind. A light shower from the water stream on your face can make all the chaos of life seem insignificant.

    Three-streamed and four-tiered Dudhsagar Waterfall at its milky white best

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    The three streamed, four-tiered waterfall is the fifth highest waterfall in India with a staggering 600 meter height to its attribute. Accessible only by train or on foot, Dudhsagar is one of the finest and most pristine pieces from nature’s collection.

    The first glimpse of Dudhsagar Waterfall from from the train leave people spell-bound

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    The first sight of the milky white waterfalls can spell-bind even the direst of people. It is as surreal as an oasis of water, right in the middle of Thar Desert. Dotted with rich vegetation on every side, here, only the excited and enthusiastic co-tourists will be your companions. Other times, the local villagers will engross you with their acumen and warmth. More often than not, Indian macaques try to befriend you.

    Two Indian macaques playing at Dudhsagar Waterfalls

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    The railway track is the perfect vantage point to appreciate this magnificence. And the view is splendid as the vapour arising from the exuberantly gushing water forms a painting of clouds descending to witness the awe-inspiring falls.

    You can look at good 200 m up to the fall and down to the green lake in the luscious Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a decent 100 m downwards from the track. The foam of water at the base of waterfalls gives it an ethereal aura. The green puddle is a good picnic spot where you can take a swim and have a fun day with your family and friends.

    The green lake at Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa

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    Best Time To Visit Dudhsagar Falls

    Dudhsagar Waterfalls taking the plunge to the illustrious green lake

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    Best time to visit Dudhsagar waterfalls depends on what you want to encounter at these magical stream, or the club of streams. October to June will give you pleasant weather and gushing, tamed water in the waterfall. Monsoon months from July to September see furious, yet exquisite water flow.


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    How To Reach Dudhsagar Waterfalls

    There are three ways – by train, by jeep, and on feet – to reach these illustrious waterfalls. While extremely different, yet these routes are graced with stunning beauty and their own set of attractions.

    The train passing through Dudhsagar waterfalls in Goa

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    1. If you are traveling to Dudhsagar by train, pick any of the three options:

    • The first option is to take a morning train from Madgaon in Goa to Kulem. From Kulem, hop on to a goods train to reach your destination. Although the stop is unofficial, request the train driver and he might oblige you.
      P.S. Don’t confuse the Kulem with Kalem, as these stations are at opposite ends.
    • Alternatively, take a train to Castle Rock station and get off in the nearest tunnel to the Dudhsagar waterfalls.
    • Take a train to Sonalium Railway Station, which is hardly a few km from Dudhsagar waterfall.

    2. If you prefer going to Dudhsagar by road, take a jeep from Kulem to Dudhsagar on the mud trails. It’ll take you to the base of the waterfall in less than an hour. One jeep can accommodate 6 to 8 people at a time, and the cost would come out to be INR 450 per person. However, this is the least thrilling of all the available options.

    3. The last and most rewarding, yet arduous way to reach is to trek to Dudhsagar. There are two tracks which you can take as per your convenience.

    Castle Rock – Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek

    The trek is 14 km long and usually takes around 5 hours from end to end. The scenic beauty that surrounds the track is hypnotizing. There are several tunnels and railway crossings which you would have to traverse during your trek. Usually a trek of easy to moderate density, it is one of the most scenic treks near Mumbai and Pune.

    Intertwining train tracks near Dudhsagar Waterfall

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    Kulem – Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek


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    Kulem – Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek is a 12 km long trek which takes you around 4 hours to cover, and 5 hours if you take several pit stops to capture the surrounding beauty in your camera. The mud trails which you take for the trek are slippery so you need to be careful while taking them. Although in the midst of wilderness, these mud trails can be your perfect picnic spot with friends.

    The luscious Dudhsagar Waterfall in Goa

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    Attractions Around Dudhsagar Falls

    Castle Rock Adventure Camp is very near to Dudhsagar Waterfall

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    Hidden amidst the wilderness of Dudhsagar, is an adventure camp – Castle Rock Adventure Camp. Bunker beds, calm surrounding, next to non-existent internet connection, serene playgrounds, and various trekking expeditions define this camp. Right next to all the hoopla, this can be your hunting ground of you are looking for a truly offbeat destination in India.

    You can spend your night here for a measly INR 150 onwards per night. The food and other amenities may add up to extra cost, but be assured that it won’t amount to much.

    Exquisite sunrise near Dudhsagar Waterfall

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    Legend glued to these legendary waterfalls

    The green lake was said to be the associated with the legends of Dudhsagar Waterfall

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    Fables state that there was a beautiful princess who used to love taking bath in a lake near her abode, presently Dudhsagar. In her bathing ritual, it was given that she would finish her bath with a drink of sweetened milk in her gold mug. One fine day when she was out having bath in the lake, she noticed a charming prince gazing at her from afar. She immediately spilled the milk in water to bar his view through the crystal clear water of the lake. It is said that it is her mug of milk that is flowing endlessly in the streams of the waterfall, hence the name ‘Dudh’sagar waterfall.

    To this day, nothing has been unable to take away the fall’s pristine whiteness. It is said to signify the virtue and modesty of that pampered princess, till date.

    Enough of the fables! So, are you ready to explore this exquisite, hidden beauty soon?


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