Dudhsagar is one of the most prominent waterfalls of India that literally means 'the sea of milk' in Konkanni language. This waterfall is so called because of the gushing waters foaming in bright white, which gives the appearance of cascading milk stream. This fall thus is also referred to as 'Milky Waterfall'.
Dudhsagar is the 5th tallest waterfall of India, and stands 227th in world. This is a tiered waterfall with total 4 drops. Hovering at the peaks of Western Ghats, Dudhsagar waterfall streams from Mandovi River watershed. Its beauty is unparalleled during monsoons when the river and whole area is flooded with water. Dudhsagar waterfall springs from a scintillating height of 310m above sea level. With a width of 30m falling down, this makes a fabulous pool.
Lying in Mollem, Dudhsagar is at the border of south Goa and Karnataka. The waterfall makes a part of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary located at Collem South Goa.
An ancient tale is also associated with it, which says that the milky water coming down the fall is because of the sweetened milk poured in the water by a virtuous princess. According to the story, a princess used to bath there in a lake and one day a prince passing by that side saw her. In order to veil herself, she threw a milk in water, while her maid got her a cloth to cover her body. That milk poured from princess's golden jug is still falling down the mountain in honor of her virtue and modesty.
The splendid beauty of this waterfall is so mesmerizing that you are bound to forget the rest of the world before it.
Located in the Sangeum district in Goa, Dudhsagar is on NH4A. Ponda is the nearest city from Dudhsagar.
By Road: Reaching waterfalls through rough jungle tracks and by crossing river stream is quiet difficult because of poor road connectivity. So going there by a normal car is not advisable. You can thus take or hire vehicles like SUVs or 4WD jeeps to get there. To go to Dudhsagar you can take any interstate bus from Panjim and Margao and from various other cities, up to Mollem (park office). Then from Mollem you will have to walk down 1km to reach Dudhsagar.
Some prominent road routes, from various cities to reach Mollem:
Panjim-Old Goa-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem. (57 kms)
Margao-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (42 kms)
Distance from some major cities:
Mumbai: 285km, Bangalore: 400km, Panjim: 60km, Margao: 60km, Londa: 30km,
By Rail: Nearest railway station is at Collem, from where you can take the road route further. From Carambolim (Karmali Railway Station), you can take Konkan railways to reach Mollem. While travelling from Madagaon (Mumbai), you can take a train to Kullem from where jeeps are available to drop you to Mullem.
Railways offer you the best transportation to reach there. And to get a close view of the falls via train, you can take the following trains and enjoy the scerenity:
Delhi-Goa express (12780)
Howrah-Vasco Amaravathi express (18047)
Miraj-Castle Rock passenger train which starts from Miraj rail junction.
If you are coming from Karnataka, then you can take the below route:
Hubli- Dharwad - Londa - Tinaighat - Castle Rock - Doodh Sagar
While coming from Belgaum via train , you will have to take the same route from Londa station.
By Air: Nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (51.5km). Panjim Airport (60km) and Hubli Airport (83km) as well are not too far off.
Dudhsagar Echo and Wildlife Resort, near NH4A are two nearest lodgments within the vicinity of these falls.
Palolem Beach in South Goa being the closest beach offers you more good hotels to check in. The top 10 best hotels there are:
This place is located in a typical wild Western Ghat forest that is enriched with tropical beauties. These jungles are home to a variety of birds, insects, plants and animals; which make this place a treasure for bird watchers. And if you are a monkey lover, you will have a fabulous time there amongst the scampering money groups.
Elementary viewing platforms are there on the upper two tiers of the falls between the foliage openings to see the waterfall. A short walk of 10-15 minutes will take you right to the base of the falls via a path with bridged river crossing. There is an interesting little "cave" near the left side of the Dudhsagar fall. This cave acts as favored den for a group of tigers.during the monsoon. Railway Konkan bridge offers you a complete view of the waterfalls. This forested ravine on the Konkan Railway from the Kulem Station (at a distance of 10kms) thus makes the best view point.
Tambdi Surla Temple
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
A visit to Devil's Canyon, is also known as 'Devcharacho kond' in Konkani. This is a serene rock formation, where the Khandepar River passing by the sanctuary is cutting the basalt rock in that splendid form. Depth of water here is not known and the water is very dangerous
Swimming (at your risk, you will have to be careful)
Birding and sight seeing
Rock climbing here is very exciting, but risky as well on account of the slippery rocks.
Elephant ride through the jungles
Keep an insect repellant with you (especially during the monsoon months).
Beware of the wild snakes while inside nearby jungles.
Do not dive into the Waterfall Lake, as the bottom is full of huge boulders, which are very slippery. Moreover the bottom of the lake has widely varying depths.
Do not try swimming in the Devils Canyon, which is like a bottomless pit with strong underground currents capable of sucking you inside the rocks.
Monsoon rains give Dudhsagar an unparalleled beauty, which makes the best time around with gushing falls. Though slipping roads and rocks then could be troublesome. The best time thus suggested would be after monsoons, i.e. from October-December when the fall will be full of water and the roads dry and safer.