Goa is not all beaches! Thanks to its beautiful natural landscape of hills, plains, cliffs and rocks, it is a great place to enjoy some trekking too.
The Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa is one spot that’s on the bucket list of many a trek-lover. It’s not just the sight of the massive falls – apt for the background in a Bollywood movie that is charming, but also the fact that the actual trek is a picturesque one.
Dudhsagar is among the top 100 highest waterfalls in the world and literally translates to ‘sea of flowing milk.’ It is stowed away on the border of Goa and Karnataka with rich flora and fauna surrounding it. During the rainy season, it is fed abundantly and assumes spectacular proportions, causing water to cascade down like an avalanche.
One can view the majesty of the falls on many train journeys. But more adventurous folks can take up the challenge of trekking to the foot of the falls.
You can choose one of many routes to get to Dudhsagar, however the best one is via Devil’s Canyon. From here, you can get a great view of streams of gushing water. If you choose to take this route, the trek would begin at Kulem or Collem Railway station and would last around 4-5 hours. It is located close to the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. You would pass areas of varying difficulty from dense forests to rocky pathways.
But again, depending on the tour operator you go with, the starting point can vary. Yet another option is to get to Castle Rock in Karnataka and trek along the railway tracks for about 14 kms. Remember to wear good trekking shoes as the uneven nature of the tracks and rocks in between can cause discomfort. While going by this route has one advantage – it doesn’t have any steep ascents – it isn’t a very easy trail and will test your resolve, especially if it happens to rain while you walk. However, the breath-taking scenery of the lush green forest should take your mind off that aspect.
Something that sets the trek apart is the fact that you’ll find yourself walking through many tunnels, which is quite spooky (in a fun sort of way!) However, once you get out of these tunnels, you’ll have a beautiful vista of the hill you just crossed under, right behind you.
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A shorter route, for those who’d like to skip the long walk, is available too.Hire an official jeep to take you inside the National Park. It will take you you 10 kms into the Park’s wilderness. Once you reach the drop-off point, you can trek to the base of the falls – which is a trek of a much shorter duration.
On arriving at the falls, you’ll be amazed at its enormity and power. This power is doubled during the monsoons and the water at the bottom is close to 30 feet deep. Due to its depth, it isn’t safe to swim in. However, during summer, you can take a dip in the cool water which doesn’t cross the 7 foot mark.
If you’d like to simply see the Dudhsagar falls and skip the trek entirely, you can do so by catching a train to Dudhsagar in the morning and returning by the same train that evening. Since only one passenger train runs on that route, ensure you get on it. Secondly, there is no food or drinks available around the falls, so it is advised to carry your own.