Dudhsagar Trekking – An Amazing experience
If your traveling from Bangalore to Dudhsagar falls it’s a total distance of 552.3 km via NH 48 and it will at least take 11 to 12 hours to reach kollem . This trekking falls under moderate trekking category and The total distance between Kulem and Dudhsagar falls is around 12 km and takes around 3-4 hours. It’s in the mollem national park approximately 60km from Panaji on the goa-Karnataka border. It’s considered to be one of Indias tallest waterfall. The word translates as the sea of milk. This waterfall is a four-tiered fall and tiers on the Mandovi river. The train route is best suggested to visit the waterfall as you can experience the dense forest and nature and you can also go through your private vehicle. Riding through the jeep gives the best experience due to the off-roading experience. It stands as tall as 310 meters bit white water gushing through the steep and vertical phase of the mountain which gives you the cascading effect. this effect gave the illusion of the Milky white to see falling from the heights of the falls. thus got its name as Dudh Sagar. This fall originates from the main river of Goa that is the Mandovi river originating from the Deccan plateau which turns over to the western ghats. The water gushing through the top forms of the green pool at its base. it’s from here with the water of the fall starts flowing westwards to join the Arabian Sea. the surrounding of the falls is voice Lee covered with the dense forest. this is also being part of the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary.
According to history once there was a Princess who was a very popular daughter of the king of ghats. this lady was most beautiful and modest and believed in peace of heart mind and soul. So the Prince is used to regularly bathe in this lake located close to her father’s castle. after bathing, she along with their handmaidens would assemble alongside the lake and the Princess would consume a huge of milk when she was out with her maidens. the char was made with pure gold and was inlaid with some brightly sparkling diamonds around it. and once when she was busy drinking her Jack of the meal she came across the young and beautiful Prince who dressed past the nearby woods and the moment he heard the laughter of these ladies he stopped on the spot. the Princess was only trapped in a minimal batting attire and to cover this the handmaiden poured the same huge jug of milk into the hills to produce the cascading effect. this was done according to the situation to cover the Princess who could then immediately wrap herself in the royal clothes. this Milky cascading appearance which was believed to be in guard to the modesty of the royal Princess is today considered as the legend of the Dudh Sagar falls.
It’s best recommended to visit the falls during the monsoon or the winter season. People often visit from Dharwad Hubli Dandeli Londa from the Castle Rock railway station to begin their trekking adventure. it’s a 14-kilometer long track and will take care on six hours to complete the trek. You can also join the dot Sagar waterfalls from the mollem National Park Jeep safari experience. it’s one of the easiest and very comfortable ways to go through the jungles and you have no abstracts on your trek. the ride is usually thirty to 40 minutes where you will be crossing the jungles and small streams. this starts from the mollem National Park and passes through Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary. if you are lucky enough you can spot very rare species of barking deer, bonnet macaque, drongo, etc.
The roadway to the waterfall is maintained by the Goa forest department and is closed during the monsoon season and will resume in October. The trek will be amazing as we can pass through the steep mountain terrain. The best adventure you can get is the one which starts from the Kuveshi village and is a 10 km long trek which has an adventure of crossing the Mandovi river. The trek to the waterfall from the castle rock railway station is a very popular route and is a 14 km long trek and gives the best image of the green valley. Another route is 11 km long that is from the collem railway station. Though food & water are very much available near the Jeep ticket counter however no such facility is available after that. So, make sure you don’t board the jeep with an empty tummy. As for Toilets, yes, the portable types are there at one location after you reach the Falls but still, they are good for Nature’s short call only and hence tourists are advised to use washrooms near jeep ticket counters at Mollem. If you are hiking and plan to spend the night here alone, then Dudhsagar Waterfall Campground is a great place, which is right next to Dudhsagar waterfalls. You have to bring your tent as no one offers a tent for rent here and only sleeping bags are not enough to spend the night. At the weekend, arrive early to reserve your camping spot. Aside from your tent, if you want to be comfortable, here are the few resorts you’ll find in the city area.
Here you are not allowed to swim in the falls without a life jacket. The upper surface has whirlpool undercurrents which can drown an expert swimmer. You have to be alert when you coming down the hills as the rocks are slippery. You are allowed to take photos when you’re far from the flowing river and slippery rocks. You are allowed only if you wear full pants to be safe from local pants and insects during the trek. It’s allowed to have a guide from the government and no local guide is allowed.