The most breathtaking waterfall in India without any doubt is the Dudhsagar Falls. Dudhsagar which means ‘ Sea of Milk ‘, is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the state of Goa. Precisely, the falls are located among the Western Ghats in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. Having a height of 310 meters, the Dudhsagar Falls is among the tallest waterfalls in India.
Goa is often labeled as a paradise for nightlife, but people often miss out on the natural beauty of the state. This waterfall is a paradise for nature lovers, for this place comes to life when it rains showing you the eternal beauty of the falls amongst a deciduous forest with rich biodiversity. During this monsoon season, the falls become very powerful making them look more attractive.
How to get here:
Getting to the Dudhsagar Falls is a rather time-consuming and very difficult task. You cannot reach the waterfall directly. Firstly, you have to reach Londa Junction by train, then you have to hire a taxi or take a bus or local train to Kulem.
Now, after reaching Kulem, you have one task in hand, which is trekking. You have to trek about 12 kilometers to reach the waterfall. Barely visible from afar owing to its dense vegetation, you would be able to see the waterfall when about 1 kilometer away from it.
There is also another way of reaching this place from Goa for people who don’t like trekking. So, you have to reach Mollem village by hiring a car or getting a train or luxury bus from Madgaon. From Mollem, you have to get into a jeep and get yourselves life jackets and from there the jeep will take you to Dudhsagar Falls.
Things to do:
The Dudhsagar Falls is a nature lover’s paradise for so many reasons. Here, you can trek, enjoy the waterfalls, jeep safari, hike, and sink in India’s colonial history.
Based on convenience and trekking difficulty, you can start trekking from different base points to the Dudhsagar Falls. The view of the falls leaves its suitors hypnotized and the mesmerizing view of the nearby lush green forests is the beauty most nature lovers crave for. One of the striking features of trekking here is that the trails are in a horseshoe structure.
Jungle Safari is one of the main tourist attractions at the Bhagwan Mahavir National Park. It is a wildlife-rich sanctuary located and surrounded by the Western Ghats. Jungle Safaris are a convenient way of getting to see the different species of animals like tigers, Elephants, Hump-Nosed pit vipers, and many more.
Hiking at the Devil’s Canyon is another one of the most famous things to do here. Located not more than a kilometer away from the Dudhsagar Falls, hiking here will give the experience of a lifetime.
You can visit the many temples to dive into the culture of the region and also the many buildings and churches which will remind you of the colonial period of India. Moreover, Vasco da Gama was the first European to discover India by landing in Goa first.
There are many places to visit nearby the Dudhsagar Falls. You can visit the Calangute Beach , Fort Aguada , Chapora Fort , Thalassa and Mumbai.
Located in North Goa, Calangute is the largest and most beautiful beach in northern Goa. It is well known for its beach shacks and water sports like parasailing, surfing, jet skiing, and banana ride.
For the best and most stunning view of the sunset over the Arabian Sea, you should visit Fort Aguada, located at the confluence of the Mandovi River. It is a four storyed single lighthouse overlooking the Arabian Sea. This lighthouse is one – of – its kind in Asia.
Chapora Fort is the most beautiful and famous fort in Goa. This fort offers a view of the Arabian Sea and the Chapora River. It is also known as ‘ Dil Chahta Hai Fort ‘ because the blockbuster 2001 film was shot here.
Thalassa is the most popular restaurant in Goa and one of the most popular restaurants in India. It is famous for its cocktails and sunsets and the vibes like that of the “ Greek Culture “ as it serves authentic Greek Mediterranean cuisine.
Basilica of Bom Jesus in Panaji is the most important and famous tourist destination in India. UNESCO recognizes it as a World Heritage Site. It houses the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. The remains are 400 years old but still is in great condition and are taken out once every decade.
Places to Stay:
Though most hotels are located in the city near the beach, there are a few hotels near Dudhsagar Falls.
- Dudhsagar Plantation — ₹ 3,500. ( per night )
- Nature’s Nest Goa — ₹ 3,379. ( per night )
- Prachi Family Restaurant and Bar and Guest House — ₹ 1,380. ( per night )
- Jungle Book — ₹ 1,343. ( per night )
- Backwoods Camp — ₹ 1,299 ( per night )
The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season when the beauty of this state is increased by ten times. Trekking through to the Dudhsagar Falls and reaching the viewpoints during monsoons is really a beautiful experience.
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