Goa Diary – Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Goa and pristine beaches, two inseparable elements, the vast ocean, the cultural heritage of South Goa and the hippie rave culture of the North but visualizing about it from a tourist point of view, there is much more to explore in Goa. Goa is blessed with rivers, big and small hills, streams, springs and beautiful waterfalls. Although there aren’t many waterfalls in Goa, the few which are there are stunning and worth visiting, at least once in life.
Goa is full of landscape, since it is situated in the Sahyadris, and these waterfalls are surrounded by greenery, rocks and sanctuaries that leave you gawking in awe.
One of the waterfalls that we will explore in this article is Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk), a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi river.
Situated on the Goa-Karnataka border, Dudhsagar originates from the Mandovi River and the waterfalls from a height of 310 meters and an average width of 30 meters. The water of this waterfall is quite milky in texture, which is how the name of this waterfall is derived. The entire area is surrounded by transitory forests with rich biodiversity and also provides an excellent spot for trekking.
Located at about 60 km from the state capital Panaji, the Dudhsagar waterfall is accessible by train or on foot. These are some of the best ways to reach Dudhsagar.
Best time to visit
The magnificent Dudhsagar waterfalls in Goa is running 12 months a year, although one needs to be aware of the time of the visit. The ideal time to visit Dudhsagar falls is between October to December, when the atmosphere is quite breezy, just after the rainy season, and is suitable even if you’re trekking your way to the waterfall. During the rainy season from June to September, the water is flowing in full force and, is not advisable to visit, since there have been a lot of accidents due to the stormy weather and the raw strength of water sweeping away with tremendous force.
Making the plans
Visiting the Dudhsagar waterfalls is one of the most thrilling adventures when in Goa, and when you plan your trip, there are a few things you should know beforehand:
There are a few private operators that offer trips to the Dudhsagar waterfalls, along with a few tours operated by the GTDC (Goa Tourism Development Centre).
Most of these tours are via a car, and they charge per person.
The tour begins with a drive through the forest, a small tour of the Molem National Park, and the Molem Wildlife sanctuary. The average cost per person is Rs. 1800 and Rs. 1300 for children.
These prices are completely dependent on the operators and might vary accordingly. These prices observe a hike during the peak seasons in Goa.
Some of the operators also include a spice plantation tour along with this.
These charges are inclusive of the safari ride through the national park, swimming equipment for swimming in the base of Dudhsagar waterfall, spice plantation drive and a complimentary visit to all the old churches in Goa.
The operators offer a pick-up and drop service from most of the famous beaches in North Goa.
The entire forest tour, the waterfall trek and the lush greenery around it make Goa an all-round destination. If you’re looking for an out of the box adventure in Goa, apart from the beaches and the vacation vibes, you can always plan a trip to the Dudhsagar waterfalls.
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