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Dudhsagar Falls – Spectacularly Beautiful!

Written by Poorna & Brinda
Dudhsagar falls is mesmerising. This is the second part of our monsoon trek on railway track to Dudhsagar falls. The first part can be read by clicking here.

The whole valley is mist filled. We could see a glimpse of another tunnel and sort of bridge. We wait for the rain to reduce and weather to clear a bit giving us some visibility before we start again. After heavy downpour for ten minutes, the sky clears giving us a spectacular view of a bridge with a tunnel at the end of it. We look back to see for any approaching trains and confirming there being none, we cross the bridge quickly and enter the tunnel. This one is drilled through a huge monolith. We admire the skills and guts of railway engineers who made it possible almost 100 years back.

Dudhsagar Falls

The Bridge and the tunnel. This is the most spectacular spot on the route. 

Rain plays hide and seek. We are not bothered. The rain cape has given us good protection so far and shoes though filled with water provides excellent grip on the ground. We continue in the rain and see a yellow board at a distance. We are overjoyed to see a railway station and are sure that it must be Dudhsagar falls. We are proved correct as we inch closer and greeted by waterfalls on the side as we walk towards the railway station.

The falls is still a KM away from the railway station. We do not want to carry our backpacks. We meet and request the station master if we could leave our backpacks in the railway station. He was initially reluctant. I understood why. He did not want to set a precedence by safekeeping the luggage of trekkers. I tell him that we are also from Railway family – my dad had served in Indian Railways – at which he relents and ask us to leave the backpack. Oh, it was such a relief to remove the backpack and sit for few minutes on a bench in front of Station Master cabin. Next to the cabin was a chaiwallah and we badly needed a hot cup of tea.

Energised by hot cuppa, we were now on the home run. The falls is around 1 KM from railway station and this stretch is beautiful indeed. Rains had given a temporary break and mist seemed to be clearing as well. We cross two back to back small tunnels to hear the roaring sound of the falls. But we don’t see any glimpse of it. We are excited and walk briskly. As we walk, we hear the sound of an engine and get off the track. The engines cross us and move towards Castle Rock.

Dudhsagar Falls

What a welcome! Small streams flowing down the rocks creating a canopy of waterfalls!

Dudh Sagar Falls

Dudh Sagur – This how it was spelt by Portuguese or was it British?

Dudhsagar Falls

Brinda in front of penultimate tunnel

Dudhsagar Falls

The Engine combo on the way to Castle Rock – notice the water falls in the background

 We look up to see the first glimpse of the falls. The sight is actually deceiving as it looks like a small cascade.

Dudhsagar Falls

First glimpse of the falls…..deceiving indeed!!!

We walk ahead. Droplets of water from the falls welcome us and after few steps we are in front of the waterfall. It is a WOW feeling. A feeling of accomplishment which removes all fatigue. We are in front of Dudhsagar Falls – A sea of milk – literally. It is a mighty one. Rains have made the falls into a glorious sight. Cascades of milky white water tumble-down rocky terrain. Gurgle of fresh rain water falling from 310 metres fill the valley. It is sheer joy. The mist clears and we get a good view of the water falls. Our joy is short-lived as the skies open up and it pours again. Merciless rain. The bridge is wide enough for people to stand and enjoy the sight. One can also climb to a viewpoint on the left side of the falls from where you can see it. Being Saturday, there is a large crowd. We spend half an hour enjoying the vistas of the waterfalls. There is no chance of us going down the stream to take pictures of the bridge with waterfalls in the backdrop. It is risky and we did not want to take chance.

Dudhsagar Falls

When the mist cleared we could see milk flowing over the rocks – Dudhsagar Falls!

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Dudhsagar Falls is at its glorious best in Monsoon. You can see that here.

Dudhsagar Falls

Mission accomplished! Once in a life time experience!

Dudhsagar Falls

A small climb over the stairs take you to a view point. A closer look at the falls. 

Dudhsagar Falls

And quiet flows Mahadayi river……

Dudhsagar Falls

The vistas around the water falls is a treat to the eyes. 

Dudhsagar Falls

We could spot another lovely falls in forests

We trudge back to Dudhsagar falls railways station. Poorna starts chatting with station master. The young bloke is from Orissa and is working in Dudhsagar for last three years. He is happy to be there and is enjoying being in the middle of nature. We ask him when the next train to Kulem is as we had to go to Goa. He says that he will put us on an engine so that we reach Kulem faster. He doesn’t do that for everyone. Being part of the railway family, he is helping us out. Many trekkers get onto the freight trains or engines to return back. The engine combo – three engines at a time – arrives. He talks to the driver who allows us to hop into the engine in the middle. We throw the backpack, climb the steps and enter the drivers cabin. Along with us two more railway employees also get in. We keep the backpack in the cabin and ask the driver whether we can go out and stand on the side. He says yes, but ask us to hold the handrails.

Travelling in a diesel engine and in the rain is a blissful experience. It moves slowly and we see myriad of small streams and waterfalls on the way. We cross a tunnel and as soon as we pass it, we are greeted by large cascade of water on us. I look back to see a mini waterfall from the top of the tunnel which fell on us! It was unexpected and thrilling.

Dudhsagar Falls

On to the ride of a life time! On a diesel engine, in the rain

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We enter into a tunnel…….

Dudhsagar Falls

………..Only to get drenched by a canopy of waterfalls from the top!

Dudhsagar Falls

It is a lovely ride through the rain, mist and stunning landscape of greenery.

We could see trekkers from Goa on the trail. We reach Kulem and it is 4 PM. We are wet to the core and i ask the station master when the next train to Madgaon is, the town where we were to be picked by our hotel in Goa. He says, it is at 5.30 PM. We are not inclined to wait and ask him if we can get any taxis. He says yes and ask us to go out of the station to get one. We climb and cross over the bridge. We negotiate with a taxi driver who is willing to take us to Madgaon. We agree on a price and hop into Xylo.

It was a day well spent. A day to remember and cherish. There is a great charm in trekking in monsoon on the railway track. You won’t regret and all fatigue will vanish when you see the beauty of nature – Dudhsagar falls in full glory!

Arun Bhat, a friend of us did the trek to the falls a week back and has done is amazing stop motion video – 3 Minutes – of the complete trek from Castle rock. Please take a look by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SONXtLR58VA

Travel Information

Getting there

If you plan a trek, you can either start from Castle Rock or Kulem. It is 14 KMs from castle Rock and 11 KMs from Kulem. All trains on Goa – Londa sector stop at both places.

If coming from Castle rock –

  • It would be better to catch Chennai – Vasco express at Castle Rock at 9.30 AM, get down at Dudhsagar falls station around 10.30 AM. A small trek from railway station will take you to the falls.
  • If you are planning to go to Goa after visit, you have to catch Amravati Express which will reach Dudhsagar falls station around 1 PM. (Please check the latest timings from station master at Dudhsagar falls station).
  • If you are planning to return to Castle rock then you can catch Vasco-Chennai express around 3.30 PM or Goa express/Vasco-Bangalore express around 4.30 PM ((Please check the latest timings from station master at Dudhsagar falls )

b) If coming from Goa side

  • The good train is Amravati Express which starts from Vasco at 7.10 AM and should reach Dudhsagar falls station around 8.15 AM.
  • If you are planning to return back to Goa, you can catch either Chennai-Vasco express arriving at Dudhsagar around 10.30 AM or Amravati/Kacheguda express arriving at Dudhsagar falls around 1 PM. (Please check the latest timings from station masters at Dudhsagar falls station)
  • If you are planning to return to Castle rock then you can catch Vasco-Chennai express around 3.30 PM or Goa express/Vasco-Bangalore express around 4.30 PM ((Please check the latest timings from station master at Dudhsagar falls )

Time to trek – 5 – 6 Hours

Travel Tips

a) It is good to wear a good trekking shoes. We have seen many walking in normal chappals or sports shoes on the trail. But we don’t advise. A good trekking shoe like Forclaz 500 or Forclaz 600 or Woodlands will give you excellent grip on the slippery track.

b) Always walk on the track and beware of shit spots. Walking on the trail next to track may not be a great option.

c) A high power torch is a must as many tunnels – which are dark – have to be crossed.

d) Take a good rain gear. Walking with an umbrella may not work as it will be windy.

e) Don’t worry about leeches. It is part and parcel of the trek. We were lucky. None came near us!

f) Don’t be in a hurry. Walk safely. At the same time stop and enjoy the surroundings. It is just lovely.

g) All trains stop at Dudhsagar falls station though there is no authorised stop as such. No tickets will be issued at this station. Try and get the return ticket either at Castle Rock or Kulem.

h) There are no cloak rooms to keep your luggage or toilets in Dudhsagar falls railway station.

i) Except on weekends, you may not find anyone selling eatables or tea/coffee. Make sure you carry eatables with you.

j) Don’t venture into the interior of waterfalls or try to climb the rocks or trek down stream. Rocks are slippery and every year there are numerous stories of people falling to death while attempting to climb.

k) If you are planning to camp during monsoon then there is one shelter near the small church near the station. If you are camping make sure you have all the items which campers generally take along.

l) Always check out with station master when is the last train. You can always hop on to a freight train/engine by requesting the guard/driver.

m) Dudhsagar falls is still a safe place to camp at night if going in a group. Same may not be told for independent women travellers though no untoward incidents have been reported so far.

n) If you are looking for a quiet walk in the woods during this trek, you may be disappointed. Weekend trekkers can be raucous on the track. More so in tunnels and near waterfalls. If you are looking for solitude in the woods, then plan trek on a weekday. Not on a weekend.

If you need any help in planning a trek to Dudhsagar falls write to us by using the contact form in this blog. Happy to help.

If you are not a trekking kind of person but want to enjoy the glory of monsoon in Western ghats, please look at this post in this blog

12 Monsoon drives in Western Ghats you should not miss!!

Here is a list for experiencing monsoon in India. Click on the link below.

Celebrating Indian Monsoon – A List!

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If you are not game for a trek in monsoon but would love to drive around in Western Ghats, we request you to look at this post in this blog.

Monsoon in Western Ghats – An itinerary to experience it!

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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