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. It has a total height of 306 meters and a width of 30 meters. 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. Dudhsagar means Sea of Milk in the local language, owing to its appearance akin to an overflowing sea of milk during the monsoons. Goa’s Dudhsagar Waterfall is a popular destination for daytrips.
Dudhsagar can be reached by road, rail and trekking. Jeep rides to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls start at Kulem, a fifteen minute drive from our farm. The jeep ride up to the Waterfalls takes about an hour, and then it’s a ten minutes walk through dense tropical forest to the base of the waterfall. The jeep ride costs around Rs 400 per person. Trains going to Dudhsagar pass Kulem station in Goa and Castle Rock in Karnataka. The trek up to the waterfall from the Goan side also starts at Kulem station and takes about 4 hours.
Accessing Dudhsagar Waterfall
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– The jeep service to the waterfall is operated by the local taxi union. Jeeps fit upto six persons, it’s around Rs 400 per person (sharing basis) or Rs 2400 per jeep. In addition, a compulsory lifejacket needs to be taken along (about Rs 30). There’s also s nominal entry fee into the sanctuary charged at the forest gate plus a fee for cameras/video equipment. This service is usually operational from October to end of May, as the trek crosses rivers which are not motorable during the rainy season. Note: in peak season, make sure to reach Kulem early as the total number of jeeps permitted to enter the Wildlife Sanctuary is capped.
– Trains to Dudhsagar pass Kulem railway station. There is a morning train leaving Kulem around 8:30 am, reaching the falls around 10 (train runs Tuesday – Thursday – Friday – Sunday, do reconfirm on railways website). Return trains are available at around 11 am and 13:00 hrs (also non-daily, pl also confirm on railways website). If you would like to do a light trek (around 1 hour), you could hike back along the railway line from Dudhsagar upto Sonaulim, and catch the return train from there.
– The hike from Kulem station to Dudhsagar Waterfall takes about 3-4 hours one way. It is advisable to carry snacks and sufficient drinking water. You will be passing through dense tropical forest and a few tunnels. Another popular though a little tougher trek starts from Castle Rock station in Karnataka. It’s around 12 km or 5-6 hours from Castle Rock to Dudhsagar Falls. You can either continue the hike to Kulem station in Goa (3-4 hours), or hike back to Castle Rock. Another option is to continue the journey into Goa by train.
– During the rainy season, motorcycles carry visitors to the falls. These are available near Kulem station.
* 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 (ie, reaching Kulem around 9 am). You can then comfortably reach our plantation in time for a delicious home-cooked lunch.