While staying at the Backwoods Camp (see Accommodation tip) we spent an afternoon at these falls. They are claimed by some sources to be amongst the highest in the country at 600 metres, although Wikipedia has them as fifth highest and only 310 metres – someone needs to get the tape measure out LOL.
Dudhsagar means “Sea of Milk”, referring to the appearance of the water swirling around the rocks. To see the full effect you need to visit during or soon after Monsoon season – we went just after, in October, which was perfect as the roads were dry and easily passable but the water still poring down. I think though that even in the dry season when we were there the falls might be worth the effort needed to reach them, especially on a hot day when you can enjoy a cooling dip in one of the pools at their foot.
We also had great fun watching the antics of the monkeys who gathered in the parking area where visitors board the jeeps that take them from the village to the vicinity of the falls themselves. Of course these clever animals know that the tour guides bring supplies of bananas to tempt them, and they are pretty fearless in approaching people, so it’s easy to get good photos of them (see photos 3 and 4).
Directions The falls are situated on the border of Karnataka and Goa, right in the west of the latter. If not on a tour as we were, the falls can be reached by a train from Margoa (about two hours) or by hiring a car for the day. The last part of the journey is by jeep and then on foot, and can be a little precarious – so much so that I’ve written a Warnings & Danger tip about the path to the falls.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls, at 2,000 feet high, are the highest falls in India. Dudhsagar means "sea of milk" and the name comes from the white foam created from the force of the water as it drops.
From the parking lot, it's about a 5-10 minute hike down to the falls. It can be a little rough for anyone with mobility problems. You'll pass through lush plants and trees and will finally arrive at the bottom of the falls. Bring a bathing suit to swim under them and pack some snacks or lunch. Watch the monkeys. Most are harmless and just want to share your lunch.
You can take a tour to the falls but I'd recommend hiring a taxi (unless you're driving) which allows you to go at your own pace and stop along the way. Combine the falls with a visit to nearby temples in Ponda or spend the day swimming.
** Note: your taxi can only bring you so far. Then you will be transferred to a jeep, most likely with other passengers and for an additional charge (about Rs 300 pp). It can be a long and rough drive, but it is a pleasant day and a nice break from the hectic beaches.
India's second highest waterfall.
A fairly long way from the beach area and only accissible by road in the dry season.
Only authorised jeeps are allowed anywhere near the falls, and are a steep Rp900 per car (can be shared between 6 people). Arrange in Molem. We just turned up and waited for others to join us.
At the base of the falls is a small natural pool where you can swim. Beware: The water is very cold and the ground slopes away steeply so is not really suitable for weak swimmers. You can swim right up underneath the falls, where there are underwater stones to rest on while the falling water pummels you downwards!
Dudhsagar means sea of milk, although not too impressive in the summer these falls are said to be spectacular during monsoon, hence the name. The falls are on the Mandovi river in Goa and are very near to the border with Karnataka. When your transport drops you off there are jeeps waiting to take you through the jungle and up to the waterfall. The drive up is quite interesting and the guide will point out interesting sights, ie. termite hills. Once you are there the monkeys will entertain you and you can swim in the beautiful freshwater pool at the bottom of the falls. A railway bridge is built across the falls and when a train passes over the passengers will wave and cheer to the visitors at the falls. A thoroughly enjoyable day out.
If you are in Goa for a couple of weeks, this is a must visit place.This is a tall waterfall that runs amok during monsoon season, exceeding even Kaieteur Falls in Guyana in terms of height and volume. We've seen the falls reported to be up to 960 feet tall, however, the figure we show below is known to be more accurate because that height was derived by dropping a weighted line into the gorge. The four segments of the falls are named, from left to right, the Raja, the Roarer, the Rocket, and the Rani (White Lady).
Tallest Single Drop:
Number of Drops:
5,387 cubic feet / sec.
153 cubic meters / sec.
Maximum Recorded Volume:
120,000 cubic feet / sec.
3,398 cubic meters / sec.
Seasons of Best Flow:
Set in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, the Dudshagar waterfalls are the second highest in India. I took a taxi to Colem before joining up with others also wanting to go to the falls, the cost of the return jouney to the falls was 300 rupees. What followed was a memorable 45 minute bone jarring ride by four wheel drive up to the falls. A short 5 minute stroll to the falls followed with plenty of people stopping on the way to feed the monkeys. There were quite a few people around trying to sell fruit to feed the monkeys with but they weren't really a problem.
Upon reaching the falls, a lovely cooling swim in the pool awaits. It is just a case of clambering over the rocks to pick your spot to leave your towel or do a spot of sunbathing. The water is deliciously cool and welcome and it is a short swim across to get beneath the waterfall itself though I don't think that perhaps I would do that immediately after the monsoons! The only thing to be very careful with is your entry and exit into the pool as the rocks at the waters edge are incredibly slippery.
The waterfalls are a plastic free zone and everyone is requested to leave carrier bags and plastic bottles of water at the checkpoint up to the falls. There are plenty of cold drinks sellers at the waterfalls selling bottles of coke etc so you don't have to worry about dehydration. In the carpark at the falls there was a stall selling .... plastic bottles of water - so much for a plastic free zone!
Amazing trip well worth the money. Hired a taxi guy for the day who drove us down there. You then meet up with the jeep company who take you deep into the jungle. After 45 mins you walk to the waterfall followed all the way there by countless little monkeys. After stopping to feed them you then get the chance to swim in this beautiful freshwater pool. We stayed for an hour or two and then walked back got on the jeep and were then shown around the hindu temples and had a drink with the only people who live in the sanctuary. The priest and his family. We stayed for hours drinking in the middle of the jungle. It was great. Finally we got back on the jeep and trundled back to meet the taxi. Annoyingly we were then told off by the manager of the jeep company who tried to charge us extra for spending so long even though it was the guide who kept telling us to stay as long as we liked. Don't trust him, he counted the money out in front of us and hid some behind the book he was carrying, demanding the rest of the money. We finally managed to get him to pay it back and we left. Don't trust him. Ask the amount before you go, ask how long you can go for and pay that amount on return.
This was a good trip.you drive for about an 1& 15 mins,then you get into jeeps and drive to the waterfalls which is quite breathtaking.you get a couple of hours to swim in the huge pool formed by the falls and to swim under them!!then you get to feed the monkeys which is pretty cool.Its then back to the jeeps to take you to the coach,then its on for lunch to a cafe(the food here was brill& lots of it.)after lunch a quick stop to a cashew nut factory which was interesting & then on to bogmalo sanctuary(its a kinda zoo which also takes in sick animals).you get a good look round & can have an elephant ride.you get a good hour here.then its on back.
The Dudhsanger Falls are the second largest in India. Once here you need to hire a jeep (it is a 40 minute bumpy journey, sometimes through shallow water). If you want to cut the cost of the jeep hire - split it with another. We were a family of 4 who found another family of 4 - we grouped together and paid half each.
Once out the jeep it is a short clamber over rocks to get to the waterfall. It is very beautiful AND, even better, you can swim in the waters beneath it. The water stays shallow for quite some time. In fact, I was practically standing the whole way to underneath the fall!
There are lots of people visiting... Get here early to have a chance at a bit of quiet.
It is not possible to visit the falls all year round as when the Monsoon comes the water levels throughout this area rise by quite an satonishing rate.
NB. You should be allowed one hour swimming time at the falls.
I really enjoyed this experience.
The waterfalls are a great place to visit.You can get there a number of ways by Taxi by Rail or take an organised trip. A taxi is a good way of seeing another side of Goa en route. Or the train Journey and overland scenery that awaits or an organised day trip which can be booked around calangute none of these travel options will break the bank.When you arrive you get taken by jeep to the waterfalls were a guide will escort you on foot, you can then feed the hundreds of wild monkeys that inhabit the area.The rail bridge runs across the top of the waterfall that gushes down the mountainside.You can swim beneath the waterfall or sit on the rocks soaking up the sun having cold drink and listen to falls smashing down.
Dudhsagar Waterfall is among the highest water falls in India. It lies in the southern part of Goa, towards the border with Karnataka state, in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary/Molem National Park. The water fall is at its peak flow during the monsoon months from mid-June to September and wanes out towards the summers from March to early June.
Although I live in the area (just about 10 km from Kulem), I just only found time to visit the falls again last March. After an enjoyable motorcycle ride through the reserve forest, I got to Kulem town (which is where the jeep rides to the falls start). The jeep drivers are well organised and it wasn't long before I hopped onto a jeep with a finnish family (after being handed the compulsory life jacket).
The jeep ride (Rs 400 per person) took us into Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, to a parking lot in the forest (about 45 min). From there it's a fifteen minute walk through the forest/along a stream to the base of the waterfall. A lot of people were enjoying a dip in the cool waters at the base of the waterfall. I was positively surprised at the amount of water the falls were still carrying in March.
Overall, it's a trip I'd very much recommend (in case you have back problems, you might want to skip this trip as the jeep ride is a bit bumpy). Many visitors combine it with a local lunch and a spice tour at one of the plantations in the vicinity.
Besides jeeps, Dudhsagar can be reached by rail and trekking. Trains going to Dudhsagar pass Kulem station in Goa and Castle Rock in Karnataka (there's only a few passenger trains on this route so better check on the railways website beforehand). The trek up to the waterfall from the Goan side also starts at Kulem station and takes about 4 hours. During the rainy season, motorcycles operate from Kulem station instead of jeeps.
Dudhsagar (Sea of Milk) Falls is set amidst spectacular landscape overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley carpeted with immaculate tropical forest, that is only reachable on foot or by train. From a distance, the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside.
The falls can reached by a train journey from Vasco or Margao. The tourists can take or board the train in the morning where it halts in Dudhsagar station . The visitors can spend many beautiful hours near the falls before taking an afternoon train on the return journey. A number of private operators offer special trips to the Waterfalls and the tours operated by GTDC (Goa Tourism Development Corpn) also have Dudhsagar Waterfalls as one of the tour stops.