Dudhsagar Waterfall

Dudhsagar Waterfalls view from jungle trek
Dudhsagar Waterfalls viewed from jungle trek

It’s famous for a reason… besides featuring in Bollywood hit movie Chennai Express, it’s a natural beauty, quite literally… located in the southern part of Goa, within the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary/Molem National Park, it is amongst the tallest waterfalls in India. With a total height of 306 meters and width of 30 meters it is a sight worth seeing. ‘Dudhsagar’ translates to ‘sea of milk’ in Goa’s native language, and if you manage to catch it during the rainy season you’d understand how it got its name. The Dudhsagar waterfall 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, but never actually runs dry.

Getting to Dudhsagar Waterfall

Set amongst the Western Ghats, in the jungle along the border between Goa and Karnataka access is limited. Dudhsagar Waterfall can currently mainly be reached by special jeeps from Kulem/Goa.

Jeep on the jungle track to the waterfall
Jeep on the jungle track to the waterfall

You will be taking an off road jeep ride through the jungle and into the mountains! The ride takes from 45 mins to 1 hour, and then, it’s a ten minutes walk through dense tropical forest to the base of the waterfall (Rs 450 pp). Each Jeep can hold up to 7 people, so if you’re a small group you can share with another. You can also opt to rent the whole Jeep for Rs 3,150. Commonly, you are given 1 hour to enjoy the falls. *Inside tip: Talk with the other passengers in your Jeep about how long they want to stay and try to come to an agreement, your driver will appreciate a small tip for extra waiting time.* The Jeeps start leaving from Kulem at 8 am, with the final trips departures around 4 pm. We highly recommend taking an early Jeep as the falls are popular and can become busy, especially on weekends. Kulem is a 15 minute drive from our Farm. Public buses are available roughly every 30 minutes, and we can also arrange for your pickup and drop by private vehicle if required.

Option two is for the more adventurous. A Jungle trek along an operational railway track! It’s perfectly safe if you take reasonable care – the trains are very long, loud, slow moving and rare. You may encounter the odd worker en-route, but smile, wave and continue without trouble. The trek takes 3-4 hours one way; suncream, lots of water and some Samosas (or equivalent) are suggested since you will not get an opportunity to purchase anything once you leave Kulem.

* Public parking is available near the railway station in Kulem. Pay parking sites are also available in the village.
* We recommend visiting the falls early to beat the crowds (ie, reaching Kulem by 9 am).
* Access to Dudhsagar Waterfall by train/via the railway line has been restricted of late, we recommend to check back with the local authorities before starting on the trek.

Dudhsagar Plantation & Falls Package
If visiting the falls is high on your travel itinerary, then why not optimise your time with our ‘Falls package’, that couples the must-see Dudhsagar Falls with a rural farmstay experience in well-appointed cottages on our eco plantation, and includes a Spice Tour, home cooked, traditional Goan food and a sampling of the local speciality liquor, Feni – a pure spirit made from 100% Cashew juice.

Day 1

● Arrive at the plantation in time for lunch. Take a rest or lounge by our natural water panorama pool.

● Enjoy afternoon tea before we take you on a complimentary tour of the plantation (about 45 min).

● Time for a sundowner by the pool

Day 2

● Check out after breakfast. Drive to Kulem (15 min) to visit Dudhsagar Waterfall. Jeep ride through Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary to the base of the Waterfall. Cool down in the mountain waters and enjoy lush green forest around you. Optionally continue to Tambdi Surla Temple, before heading back to your hotel.

This package is available at Rs 4000 for two days – one night including meals in double occupancy (excluding transportation). We recommend renting a vehicle in one of the bigger towns, but can also arrange local transportation. You can also book longer stays. Click here to book now.

Information on farmstay holidays in Goa
Information on Goa Spice Plantation visits
More Dudhsagar Information on Wikipedia
More Dudhsagar Information on Wikitravel

Read about Travel Blogger Reshma Narasing’s (@Sologlobetrotter) Trip to Dudhsagar Waterfalls.