Dudhsagar Waterfall Goa in Monsoon

Dudhsagar Waterfall Goa in Monsoon

I haven’t visited Dudhsagar waterfall Goa during my earlier two trips to Goa but this time, I had decided to definitely visit it. I was traveling with two other female friends and they also liked the idea. Dudhsagar waterfall is approx 65-70 Kms from most of the places in North Goa and there is no public transport system so, we hired a cab.

How to travel to Dudhsagar from Goa

We started around 9.00 AM so that we can reach Cullem by 10.30-11.00 AM as it was the end of monsoon and chances of rain around afternoon are higher. We had planned to take a jeep to go to the base of the waterfall as one of our friends had problem trekking.

How to trek to Dudhsagar waterfall base

We reached near Cullem station from where trek starts for Dudh Sagar. Upon reaching there we came to know that jeeps are stopped in monsoon months and during this time either you walk or take a bike. Yes!!!! bike.
These guys told us that they will take us to the bottom of the waterfall and from the parking area we have to walk for a while to reach the fall. My friend tried to bargain with them as we were taking 3 bikes but these guys didn’t budge as they have a union and everyone goes by turn as assigned by the union.
We discussed between us and decided to go with them because one of our friends was not able to walk due to a knee problem.
We took pillion seats on the bikes and started our trek (Ha ha… trek). It starts from Cullam station through rail track and those guys were riding the bikes on side of rail track, at some places it was very narrow & only a bike tire was able to fit in the space.
On one side there were stones of rail track and on another side was a deep pit. Those guys were expert riders and drove in minimum space. For me, it was one of the most thrilling parts of the journey.
After riding for a while we got down from bikes and walked on the railway track and bike guys took another route to take their bike on another side of rail track. To reach jungle they went through a water tunnel under the railway tracks.

We walked and reached the jungle check post. Again we started our ride towards the base of fall. The trek was muddy and at some places, it was a bit slushy from previous day’s rain.

We crossed two nullahs, which were coming from the waterfall. One was big & water was flowing fast, so one of the bike guys crossed first and helped us crossed with a rope already tied across the nullah. It was fun and exciting.

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My experience at Dudhsagar waterfall

Finally, we reached the parking area and bike guys gave us life jackets to wear. There were a couple of fast flowing water streams, which we have to cross to reach the base of fall.

We started walking in the forest and reached the first fast flowing stream. It was more than waist deep and water was flowing fast, bike guys helped us and cross this and next stream.

And we reached the bottom of Dudhasagar fall, which is India’s second highest fall. Its name so because the water coming down looks white like milk.

We climbed on boulders clicking pictures, splashing water on each other. We sat there for some time enjoying the view & surroundings. It was one of the most surreal experience.

We explored the area, crossed two streams but this time water was flowing much faster and gone few inches up. We boarded our bikes and started the return journey through the muddy & slushy trek. At some places, it was very slippery but those drove fine.

The water level in the nullah was not high when we went. When we returned water level went high and it was very difficult to cross. Bike guys helped us and with the rope we crossed. The water current was quite strong. Their bikes totally submerged in water, they pulled through nullah with great difficulty.

Finally, they started the bikes and drove. We reached the rail track and finally the place from where we took bikes with drivers.

It was a tough and risky area for bike riding but these guys drove with absolute perfection. Also helped us cross the fast flowing water. We were quite happy as it was turned out of an adventure trip which we had never expected. We paid extra to these guys for their effort (Imagine before we were bargaining 😛 ).

P.S.  There were no proper restaurants in the area, so either you carry packed lunch or be prepared in some village shop for lunch. We had fish thali in one small shop in a village, it was basic but nice & fresh.

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How to reach Dudhasagar waterfall Goa –

1.) Hire a taxi from Goa for a full day and travel to Cullam.
From here trek to fall on railway trek and then on mud road or take a jeep to the base of fall. In monsoon, months take a bike with the driver.

2.) Take a train from Madgaon to Cullam station. Cullum is not an official stop for many trains but most of the trains stop here to check the breaks because there is steep descend on railway track ahead. From the station walk on a railway track, crossing tunnels and reach the bridge in the middle of the waterfall.

Best time to go to Dudhsagar waterfall Goa-

End of monsoon season or beginning of winter because at that time the waterfall is full and looks spectacular.

Tips for visiting Dudhsagar waterfall

* Start in around 8.00 or 8.30 AM from Goa because it gets very humid as the sun goes up.

** If you are planning to walk then wear shoes or sandals with good grip. Make sure your footwear is waterproof as you have to cross running water.

* Wear lightweight and easy to dry clothes. Jeans are absolutely not advisable.

** Carry water and food with you as there are very limited places to eat.

* Don’t trek alone, hire a guide.

** If you are going to Dudhsagar waterfall after watching Chennai express to experience the same view. Then go in monsoon months.

* The jeeps from Cullem takes you to the base of the waterfall. If you want to go to the bridge then you have to take the train from Madgao to Cullam. Only two trains stop there and you need to plan meticulously.

** Jeep and bike operators run under the umbrella of union and have fixed price. They provide life jackets for every passenger.

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