Thursday, 13 June 2019

Dudhsagar Falls ~Goa




On a recent trip to Goa we wanted so include some day trips. Amongst the many that were on offer I particularly wanted to visit the Atreya spice plantation and Dudhsagar Falls and the Old Goa Churches. 

The best way to do the trip was to book it through an agent as all the transport, entrance tickets etc are all sorted out for you and you can have a stress free day to enjoy the trip.We booked our trip through Trip Raja directly from the UK. The communication from the company from start to finish was excellent, both via email whilst we were in the UK and by phone whilst we were in India. A couple of days before the trip Kedar from Trip Raja messaged us all the final pick up details. 

Our driver picked us up promptly at 6.30 am on the day of the tour for 2 hour journey to Mollem National Park as it was advised to visit the Dudsagar Falls earlier in the day as it is less crowded. It was such an early start but believe me the day is long and this was the best time to get going.



The best time to visit Dudhsagar is just after the monsoon season ends in October when the waterfall is at its peak. We were lucky to have visited at this time. 

The waterfall originates in Karnataka and it is the highest waterfall found in Goa. It is located in the Bhagwan Mahaweer Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, in Sanguem Taluka. The name Dudh means milk in Hindi and Sagar means lake, hence the name given Dudhsagar. The waterfall does look like a flow of creamy white milk as it cascades down.


Our driver dove us to the Mollem National Park, where we had a stop for breakfast, our advice to anyone going is to take your own food as we found that there were many street vendors etc but most of the food sold was fried and not to our taste. If you are a European tourist you may find the hygiene standards were also questionable at some of these vendors. I did manage to get a piping hot cup of masala tea though to kick start the day.

Make sure you purchase water and snacks at the kiosks here too, as once you enter the national park in your jeeps there is nowhere to purchase anything. Private cars are not allowed past the entrance of the National Park, all the travel from this point is via Jeeps.

Whilst we had a breakfast and toilet stop and stretched our legs from the long journey, our taxi driver went to organise our life jackets and tickets for the Jeep ride through the National Park to Dudhsagar Falls. All the visitors have to wear life jackets that are provided for safety reasons.




The Jeeps are shared with other tourists and each jeep can carry maximum of seven  passengers. The forest Jeep safari will begin at Mollem, where you will be driven through the forest areas with streams along the way.      


The ride is extremely picturesque and somewhat bumpy through forests and mud tracks but it really is worth the experience. 



It takes approximately forty-five minutes to an hour to reach the water falls.Once you reach the Dudsagar Falls you are able to swim, take photos and enjoy the beautiful views.  




The stopping time at the falls is restricted to one hour and your jeep and driver will wait for you, any lateness of return will incur a fine as there are strict guidelines that the jeeps have to follow as not to overstay that time limit to prevent overcrowding at the site.


There are lots of monkeys around, who are very accustomed to the visitors, however do take caution and don't pet them in case they bite.


The trek to the waterfalls is beautiful, although those persons with disability may find it difficult as in some places the climb is challenging. It is not suitable for people with very young children or people with severe disabilities. There is also no facility for wheelchairs and strollers.



Some of the walking route is through winding narrow paths following the river. It is fairly rocky and in places slippery so great caution needs to be taken. It took about 15 minutes walk to reach the waterfalls. The views at this point are absolutely breathtaking.



There are toilets and changing rooms provided on site but they are very basic. There is no where to store any bags so it is highly recommended that you travel light , carrying basic essentials only.

One hour is enough if you just want to walk and enjoy the views, however if you want to swim it is a little rushed as there is not adequate time to enjoy the swim at leisure, and have time to dry and change too.

It is safe to swim in the waters within the marked areas, however it's advisable to take caution and not venture under the water falls it self. Non swimmers should avoid swimming as the flow of water current can be strong from the cascading waterfalls.





The return journey is via the same jeep which will take you back to the Mollem National Park entrance for your taxi pickup.

Some advice that I would give to anyone doing this trip is:

  • Wear sensible shoes as the climb to the waterfalls is slippery and rocky.(definitely no flip flops)
  • Carry your belongings in a rucksack that you can lock as it leaves you both hands free to steady yourself and you can place your valuables in it too.
  • Wear loose quick drying clothing.
  • Hold onto sunglasses, hats and cameras as there are lots on monkeys who are very fast and you won’t get a chance to retrieve your belonging if they snatch them.(Do not feed the moneys, they will group around you and snatch your belonging)
  • Carry plenty of water and sun cream with you.
  • If you are planning to swim, wear your swim wear under your clothing for easy change as the changing rooms are not really nearby.
  • Whilst swimming secure your belongings and try not to carry too many valuables.
  • Carry towels and a change of clothing. 
  • Last but not the least do not throw your rubbish like water bottles and food wrappers in the national park. Take them home with you.

Once the jeep arrives back at the National park drop off, you return your lifejackets and meet your taxi driver who will be waiting to take you to your next destination; the Atreya Spice Plantation and the Goa Churches.  

The cost of the entire trip is 1799 , this does not include breakfast or camera charges. You can book this trip through TripRaja.

The trip to Dudhsagar Falls is amazing and I would highly recommend it. In my next two posts I will feature the next part of the trip to Atreya Spice Plantation and Goa old churches.

Coming up soon
Atreya Spice Farms
Old Goa Churches


13 comments:

  1. I bet Goa is an absolutely incredible place to go and visit - those falls are incredible! What an amazing place to get to spend some time exploring.

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  2. We used to visit Goa every year when I was a child, it was absolutely beautiful and I have always wanted to return as an adult. The falls look amazing, definitely adding this to my bucket list x

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  3. That sounds like a wonderful experience. The bumpy ride is well worth it to see the views

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  4. Trips like this are so good as you can just turn up and everything is organised for you. The falls are stunning x

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  5. What an incredible place to visit! I'd love to visit Goa one day.

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  6. Wow, what a wonderful experience. I'd love to visit the place, and though a bit risky, would love to climb to the waterfalls.

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  7. This looks like it would be absolutely gorgeous. I would love to be able to visit one day.

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  8. Wow, what an exciting trip - I would love to do something like this

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  9. The pics are awesome, justifies the bumpy rides. Dudhsagar looks and lives up to the name.

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  10. That looks like a crazy ride through the little stream right there. Looks like it was a wild journey but worth it all in the end. Seeing those falls makes it all worth it.

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  11. This looks like such a beautiful place, your expedition sounds very well planned.

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  12. Heard a lot about these falls but never had the chance to visit the place.

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  13. Very informative posts for thsoe who want to visit from other countries.Nic pics.. feeling nostalgic.

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