Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek

Dudhsagar Waterfall..  A picture speaks a thousand words. But even a thousand pictures fall short of to explain the beauty of it when you actually experience the amazing adventure trek of this beautiful place on earth.

A milky white waterfall roaring and gushing down a rocky surface with lush greenery around and a passenger train of the Indian Railways passing in the foreground with some Bollywood style scenes as shown in movie Chennai Express.  Dhudhsagar waterfall is on the border of Goa and Karnataka, It’s  located at Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary.  A visit to Dudhsagar waterfalls should not end with just a visit to the waterfalls. Because further ahead is Castle Rock, a town that looks like it has emerged straight out of a story book!!

The magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfall is perched in the high peaks of the Western Ghats and is a sight to behold especially in the monsoons when it is in full and furious flow. From a distance, the waterfall appears like streams of milk rushing down the mountainside. The exhuberent and spectacular waterfall is located in the Sanguem taluka.



Measuring a mighty 600m from head to foot, this waterfall on the Goa-Karnataka border one of the well known ghat sections on the Indian rail network.  It is a four tiered waterfall with different ways to reach each level.

Trek difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Dudhsagar trekking options:
Route -1 : Castle Rock to Dudhsagar falls
Route -2 : Kulem to  Dudhsagar falls on track
Route -3 : Kulem to  Dudhsagar falls on mud road 

Dudhsagar trek distance:
Route -1: Castle Rock to Dudhsagar falls  – 14 KM(Oneside)
Route -2: Kulem to  Dudhsagar falls on track – 11 KMS (One side)
Route -3 : Kulem to  Dudhsagar falls on mud road – 12 KMS (One side)

Time to trek :
Route -1 :Castle Rock to Dudhsagar falls : 6-8 hours (One side)
Route -2: Kulem to  Dudhsagar falls on track – 4 to 6 hours (One side)
Route -3 : Kulem to  Dudhsagar falls on mud road -4 to 6 hours (One side)


Image Courtesy: Samson Joseph

What to carry?

– A good walking shoes with good grip because railway tracks get sleepery

– A light backpack

– Sleeping bag (If you are planning to stay overnight)

– Tent (For the same above reason)

– Torch (A must)

– Raincoat (You would love walking under rain)

– An extra pair of clothes

– ID card

– Toiletries (There are no food stalls there)

– Fully charged camera and mobile phone

– Personal medication

– Sufficient eatables (Dudhsagar has no food stalls)

– Sufficient cash

Dudhsagar waterfalls are a perfect getaway for a short holiday from Mumbai or Pune. The not-so-easy approach makes it sufficiently offbeat. Closeness to nature, a sense of adventure and a touch of magic – visit to Dudhsagar has it all.


A Tunnel view

Near the top of the falls, the railway line from Vasco to Londa crosses the mountainside, with excellent views from the train. There also a couple of pools that you can swim in, making Dudhsagar a great place for a day full of fun and frolic. The alternate way of reaching the falls is only advisable between January and May, when the level of the water in the rivers abates enough to permit jeeps to approach the base of the falls.


As per New Indian Railway budget, advance train ticket booking is now possible before 4 months of journey and as Railway is only mode of transport to reach to Dudhsagar waterfall after month of May.  So if you don’t want to miss this memorable trek of Dudhsagar, you should reserve your seat now… 



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