About Dudhsagar falls

General Wiki

Dudhsagar Falls also known as the Sea of Milk is referred to as India’s highest waterfalls which is approximately 310 meters high and 30 meters wide. It is located on the Mandovi River in the state of Goa. You can reach these falls by road as they are 60 km from the Panjim city. Being situated on the Madgaon-Belagavi rail route, it is 46 km from east of Madgaon and 80 km from south of Belagavi. The location of the Dudhsagar Falls is in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park which is in the middle of the Western Ghats. Between Karnataka and Goa, these waterfalls form the border making the area rich in biodiversity. There is a massive force of water created by these falls during the monsoon season.

Myths and Legends

Once there was a princess, the daughter of the king of Ghats was bathing in the lake located near her father’s castle. After bathing, the princess along with her maidens sat beside the lake and drank milk from a jug. This jug was said to have been made of gold and embedded with precious stones and diamonds. One day while she was bathing in the lake, a handsome prince was riding through the woods, and on hearing the laughter sound, he was curious to see from where the sweet laughter sound was coming. The prince then saw the scarcely clad princess and to protect her honor, the maidens in a frantic attempt poured the milk from the jug which formed a curtain of milk around her. This curtain of milk which protected the modesty of the princess is known as the Dudhsagar Waterfalls.

The Dudhsagar Trek

Lately, there is a lot of hype regarding the Dudhsagar trek stating that it is closed for the general public. It is brought to the notice that the Dudhsagar railway trek has been closed officially for the general public but the trek to the bottom of the Dudhsagar is still open for one and all. Two routes would help you to reach there. The first option is when you start the trek from Kulem and follow the jeep trail until you reach the bottom of the waterfall. The second option is when you enter the base of the waterfall through the railway track. If you wish to, then you can trek up to the Sonaulim station and then join the way back to the Mud route. Therefore, this route would help you save 2 km on the Mud road.  

Please Note

The station which is near and accessible to the falls is Castle Rock station. This railway stop of Dudhsagar is not a station where passengers can keep their expectation high regarding a platform. The passengers along with the visitors are required to climb the rail compartment’s steep ladder that too in about 1-2 minutes stop which is unscheduled. The visitors are expected to walk a kilometer on the tracks from the rail stop to reach the falls. The walk is made a bit tough because of the presence of a 200-meter train tunnel which is entirely dark. The Indian Railways has banned the passengers from boarding or de-boarding the train at the Dudhsagar railway stop. You will not find fresh drinking water and restroom facilities in the proximity of the falls and the rail stop. Also, you will not find cellular power and road transportation access. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary which is near Mollem, a Goan village can help you reach the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. Well, you will witness that this Association will take you through the lush and evergreen forests with streams having pristine waters flowing heavily. At the moment, this is the only access to the waterfalls that you will find. The perks of going through the Association is that you will be able to see the proper view of the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, whereas if you go by Indian railways, then you will be able to see only the half side view of the waterfalls.