DUDHSAGAR WATERFALL TREK – ONE DAY ADVENTUROUS TREK NEAR GOA

 DUDHSAGAR WATERFALL

INTRODUCTION:-

I do not remember in any particular order about my visit to the Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek. Was it the wind?Was it foggy weather?Or,was it just the excitement and excitement of seeing something so magical?”Travelling is like flirting with life.It’s like saying,I will stay and love you, but I will have to go,this is my station’!Abhi!! Aren’t you being too poetic?Situated in Sangum Taluka of Goa,and also popular among locals by Tambadi Surla,Dudhsagar Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in India falling from a spectacular height of 310 meters.Originating in the Deccan Plateau in the state of Karnataka and winding through the Western Ghats,the Mandovi River falls on the highest peaks.And thus forms the Dudhsagar Falls.Doing justice to its name,Dudhsagar which means ocean of milk,when the waterfalls from such a height create an illusion.Like someone pouring a gallon of milk from the top of a mountain.Milky water flowing with a gust is a boon for the eyes.Dudhsagar Falls can definitely be counted in the list of most beautiful waterfalls in India.The waterfall gained even more popularity among the masses after it was featured in the scenes of the blockbuster Bollywood movie ‘Chennai Express’.The falls are at their peak during the monsoon months of July to September,although they are a popular tourist attraction throughout the year.





HOW TO REACH DUDHSAGAR WATERFALL TREK BASE VILLAGE:-

Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek The cheapest and most convenient way to reach Base Village(Kulem)is via railways.Kulem Railway Station is directly connected via railways to major Indian cities like New Delhi, Madgaon,Chennai,Pune,Howrah,Bhubaneshwar and Bhopal.Catch a train from any of these cities which reaches Kulem early in the morning.For train booking visit IRCTC.If you are already in Goa,you can take Vasco-Kulem Passenger train which runs every day or VSG Howrah Express which reaches Kulem early in the morning.Don't confuse Kulem by Kalem as they are different stations.Those who prefer bus travel over railways can take a bus from Panaji/Margao to Kulem. 





TREKKING AND ROAD ROUTES OPTIONS TO WITNESS THE BEAUTY OF DUDHSAGAR WATERFALL:-

Due to the tragic incidents in the recent past,various restrictions have been imposed in the trekking routes of Dudhsagar Falls.The Castle Rock trekking route has been permanently closed to reach Dudhsagar Falls.Heavy fine will be imposed on anyone found trekking along this route along the railway track.The only permitted trekking route is the Kulem-Dudhsagar route which is 12 kms one way.And,if want to trek through this route.So a mandatory guide will have to be hired.The same can be rented from Kulem village.The fee is around INR 3000 per guide.Which can take a group of 7-10 people.Also,no one is allowed on the bridge on which Dudhsagar Falls is situated.Another option to witness the beauty of Dudhsagar Falls is to take a jeep safari from Kulem which is organized by the Goa Forest Department.The jeep covers a distance of around 8-9 kms and drops you a few meters before the base of the waterfall.The jeep charges Rs 3500 for a maximum of 7 people and the camera fee is Rs 50.Even if you have no plans to visit Dudhsagar Falls separately,you can still experience the breathtaking views of this majestic waterfall by train.You can put the Dudhsagar Waterfall Camp Site on Gmaps to find out how close your train is to the waterfall.





DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF DUDHSAGAR WATERFALL TREK:-

In terms of difficulty,I would rate the Dudhsagar Falls Trek as somewhere between an easy to moderate level trek.The total distance between Kulem and Dudhsagar Falls is around 12 kms and it takes around 3-4 hours to reach here.The trail is mostly flat with only a few climbs.

MY JOURNEY TO DUDHSAGAR WATERFALL:-

To be honest,in all my three trips to the tourist state of Goa prior to August 2013,I had never heard of Dudhsagar Falls.I came to know about this breathtaking waterfall only after the release of the famous Bollywood film Chennai Express.A scene of the film was shot in the background of Dudhsagar Waterfall.Seeing the beauty of autumn,I decided that it would not take much time for me to visit this nature’s gift.Finally,a year later in the month of September,I booked my tickets to reach Dudhsagar Waterfall Base Village.I boarded the Pune to Goa Express which reaches Castle Rock station at around 3:00 PM.I had planned to go from Castle Rock to Dudhsagar Falls along the railway track and then towards Kulem to end the trek.The trek distance between Castle Rock Station and Dudhsagar Falls is approximately 14 kms and takes around 5 hours to cover the distance.I decided to wait for the daylight to start with my trek.As soon as I started with my trek,it started raining very heavily.Since I had a waterproof bag and raincoat,I decided not to wait and proceed with the trek.Within minutes I was walking on the tracks surrounded by dense forest.Walking on the tracks is not as easy as it seems.There are around 11 tunnels that one has to cross before reaching the waterfall.It’s pleasant to walk in those dark tunnels.But one needs to be very careful.Because the train can pass anytime.The surrounding scenery on the way to Dudhsagar Falls was spectacular.I never felt like it’s been almost 4 hours since I walked the tracks.Finally,after crossing the 11th tunnel,I reached the Dudhsagar Falls.I really had tears in my eyes.Tears of seeing something that is magical.Due to the ongoing heavy rain, the Dudhsagar Falls was flowing with full flow and everything looked foggy.After seeing this beauty from every possible angle,I started my journey towards Kulem.After crossing the 12th and 13th tunnel,one can see the Dudhsagar Falls.The view of the entire waterfall from this point is simply spectacular.After walking for about 4 hours,I reached Kulem station.I was exhausted after walking on the railway tracks for about 10 hours. But the overall feel of the trek kept my energy levels high.





 

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