Dudhsagar Falls: Timings, How to Reach, Attractions & Tips
Falling from the majestic peaks of the western Ghats at a height of 1,017 feet and surrounded with lush greenery, the Dudhsagar Falls are one of the five highest waterfalls in India.
If seen from a distance, the Dudhsagar Falls look like a milky white stream of water heavily gushing down in extreme pressure from the cliffs. The name ‘Dudhsagar’ literally means ‘sea of milk’ and is located in the Sanguem Taluka, Goa. The lush green hills around the fall is home to number of birds and animals. This magnificent waterfall splits into three rivers and offers an awe-inspiring view. The local people of Goa also call this fall as Tambdi Surla.
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Best Time To Visit Dudhsagar Falls
The best time to visit Dudhsagar Fall is from the months of October till June. Due to the pleasant weather, the fall is an absolute delight to watch. During the monsoon season (July to September), the intensity of the waterfall is very high as the amount of water increases.
Dudhsagar Falls Timing
The fall is easily accessible but the timing is little restricted. It is safe to visit the fall from 9 am to 6 pm on all days. However, if you are travelling with family (kids or elderly), it is advisable to visit the Dudhsagar fall during the day light.
How To Reach Dudhsagar Fall
By Road From Goa
Located on the border of Goa and Karnataka, the Dudhsagar Fall is not too far from Panjim, Madgaon and Calangute. The NH4A highway leads to this majestic fall. The closest point from the fall is Mollem, which is around 65 km from Calangute and around 40 km away from Madgaon. You can commute through bus, taxi or jeep provided by the Forest Department. Private vehicles can’t enter the area.
Another option is to trek your way from Kulem (Collem) or Castle Rock station. The trek is not easy and will take around three hours to reach.
The closest railway station from the Dudhsagar fall is Kulem (Collem). There are two trains daily. Cabs are available from the station to the waterfall which is a 6 kms drive. Alternatively, there is an option to get off at Castle Rock Station. The train ride is preferred as it offers spectacular scenic view on its way.
The nearest airport is the Panaji airport and is around 60 km away from the Dudhsagar fall. You can take taxi or bus to reach the fall.
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Things To Do Near Dudhsagar Fall
While you can be spell bound by the enchanting beauty of the Dudhsagar Fall, there are lot of activities and things to do near the Dudhsagar Fall that are equally thrilling and a splendid experience.
1. Seek Blessings In The Tambdi Surla Temple
One of the oldest surviving temples in Goa, the Tambdi Surla temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also known as the Mahadev Temple. This worship place is very popular among the locals as it has survived many invasions in the 16th century Goa inquisition. It is the only temple with Kadamba-Yadava architecture during the Kadamba dynasty and is known for its craftsmanship and intricate carvings on the walls of the temple. Every corner and walls of the temple has a story to tell that goes back in the history.
Built entirely from basalt, the temple is located in deep forests of the Western Ghats in the area of Bhagwan Mahavir National Park and offers incredible view of lush green hills and amazing flora and fauna. Find some harmless monkeys hopping from one tree to another. Bask in the serenity of the forest around you and enjoy the whispers of the breeze patiently blending in with the chirps of the birds. The location of the temple is pristine as the river Surla flows by it.
2. Visit The Dudhsagar Spice Plantation
Known for the huge variety of spices that grows here, the Dudhsagar Spice Plantation is a blend of traditional and modern farming processes that shelters crops of spices and herbs. You will have the option to take a guided tour conducted by the owner and get insights and knowledge on the bio gas production, feni distillation, dairy farming, production of spices and much more. Enjoy home-cooked Goan food which is made of fresh produce and spices that grows within the premises.
3. Swim In The Beautiful Pool
Swim or take a dip in the natural pool of the Dudhsagar Fall formed due to the rock formations at the base of the fall over the years. With sublime turquoise water, tranquil environment and charming greenery around, the pool is a must visit for any nature lover.
Travel tip for the Dudhsagar pool:
- You have to wear a life jacket to get in the water.
- Diving is strictly prohibited.
- The rocks are slippery, so tread carefully.
Useful Travel Tips For The Dudhsagar Falls Tour
Things to carry
- Mosquito repellent
- Non slippery, water proof and comfortable shoes
- Sunscreen or skin care creams/lotions
- Extra pair of light, cotton clothes & towel
- Shades and cap/hat is preferable
- Life jackets
Things to remember for Dudhsagar falls
- Do not spend more than an hour at the falls and the pool. The water is cool in temperature and you might catch cold very easily.
- Do not carry any edibles to the temple, forests and near the waterfall. This is to avoid unnecessary littering and unwanted attention from the animals around.
- Most of the activities and places are closed during the months of June, July and August owing to heavy rains and flooding. So plan your trip accordingly.
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