Goa is mostly known for its beaches and parties. However, south of Goa has thick jungles and houses a gem of a waterfall known as Dudhsagar falls. The waterfall is tall, like really tall! Its height is measured to be about 310 meters! Many sources like this one, place it amongst the tallest waterfalls in India.
When to do this trek
This trek is best done towards the end of the monsoon season, IMO. When the rains are at their peak, the waterflow downstream will be quite ferocious and the path towards the base of the waterfall may be a bit difficult to traverse. In non rainy season, the waterfall is not really at its best as the water may just be trickling which does not make for a great sight. I am not sure if that makes it possible to swim at the base of the waterfall. Let me know if anyone has tried it. I did the trek in early September and was happy with the results. There was light rain and knee deep water at places where one had to cross streams, but it was manageable.
Who should do this trek
The trek is of medium difficulty. Its about 14 odd Kilometers distance one way. There are two routes you can take to reach the base of the waterfall. Either you can follow the railway line or take the trail through the jungle. The railway line route is plain and boring but easier to do as one just needs to walk alongside the track. Latest news is that trekking on this route is banned due to high number of incidents involving careless trekkers getting hit by trains. The forest route is tougher on the knees but is way cooler as you can make out from the pictures below.
Other aspects of the trek
If you are starting from Bangalore, its an overnight journey. We reached Kulem, the trek start point, at around 7:30 am on a Saturday. If possible, avoid taking seats at the back of the vehicle as the road near the Karnataka Goa border was in terrible condition and the occupants were getting thrown around. We stayed at a ‘resort’ named Jungle Book which is very close to the trek start point. Nothing luxurious, just basic facilities and comfortable rooms which is more than enough for a trekker. It’s better to have a guide with you as the trek is through a jungle. I went through BMC, who arranged for the transportation, guides, stay and food. There is a car park and a ticket counter in the vicinity though I didn’t see anyone purchasing tickets.
If you love waterfalls, this one is a must do. Leaving you with the video of the roaring waterfall. Enjoy!