One of the best things to do in Goa is to visit the Dudhsagar Falls (the ocean of milk as it is often called), a spectacular sight that you will not want to miss if you are in a vacation to Goa. The white curtain of water that plunges down 2000 feet into the rugged valley and said to be one of the highest waterfalls in India attracts a steady inflow of visitors every year, from the coast to the rugged Western Ghats. Sightseeing in Goa can never be complete without visiting these falls.
Location of the fall
The Dudhsagar Falls are located in the eastern border of Goa and Karnataka, 60 Km from Margoa, which is in South Goa.
Believed to be among the top Waterfalls in India, The Dudhsagar falls measures a grand 600 meters from head to foot falling at a height of about 2000 feet down the cliff into the forests of the Western Ghats. The headwaters of the Mandovi River cuts across the Deccan Plateau and breaks into three streams that pours down, in the face of the vertical cliff. The Konkani name for the falls mean 'sea of milk' when translated, because of the clouds of foam that rises up at the bottom when the water levels are at their best. The sight of the fall which looks like a stream of milk flowing along the mountainsides is out of this world and in the magical lights of the dawn it looks even more enchanting.
Best time to visit
Although the best time to visit Goa is mid-November to mid-February, the waterfall is best visited during the monsoon, when one can see it in all its glory.
Reaching the falls
The falls are easily reached through a 2 hour long train journey from Margoa or Vasco..The train leaves from Vasco Railway Stations at 6.40 a.m. arriving at Margaon at 7.25 a.m. It halts at Sanvordem, and Colem stations, before reaching Dudhsagar at 9.15 AM.
A number of private operators tender special trips to the Waterfalls while the GTDC (Goa Tourism Development Corporation) operated tours also have Dudhsagar Waterfalls as one of the tour stoppages. There is also a Dudhsagar Special tour by the GTDC on Saturdays and Sundays from Panaji and Calangute.
By road the best way to get to the falls is by a four wheel jeep drive from the railway junction village of Colem. But this path is recommended only between January and May when the level of the water allows the jeep to reach the base of the falls.
The nearest interstate bus station is at Ponda, the KTC bus station. Buses and taxis are also available from Panaji.
What to do at the falls
Now that you have at last reached this breathtaking destination in your vacation in Goa, you have a number of ways to spend the day in fun and frolic. The place around the falls offers an attractive location for picnic lovers providing a wonderful scenic view. The clear and refreshing waters of the pool at the bottom of the falls is the ideal place for those who love to swim.For the adventure seekers, you should never leave without one trek through the wilderness to catch the mind blowing view of the Dudhsagar falls from the above. It's a tough climb but worth the view.
Places to Stay
There aren't many places for halt near the falls except a Forest rest-house, owned by KTDC.But Visitors can stay at Margoa and plan a one day trip to Dudhsagar Falls.