Going to Dudhsagar falls in Goa would be your perfect run away from daily beach life. You must have heard about the falls & even had seen them in the movie Chennai Express. Yes, you got it right that train scene when the train stops over the waterfall.
I know that you love beaches, but life strongly demands a change.
Have you got bored by visiting the same beaches in Goa repeatedly?
The change is to escape from the boring beach life to experience something different in Goa.
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Since my journey had started from near Baga Beach to Dudhsagar falls in Goa.
I will be covering the whole journey in detail.
How to Reach Dudhsagar Falls from Baga Beach?
Since we all are tourists in Goa, I hope you are too.
You can also rent a vehicle in Goa if you are comfortable traveling long distances.
Apart, the best thing you can do is pre-book for Dudhsagar Waterfalls. You can even ask your hotel reception concerning the Dudhsagar Falls Bus tour.
Many of the bus operators will pick you up from your desired location. (located in the following areas –Arpora, Candolim, Panjim, Baga, etc.)
You can always enquire no worries about the pick-up location.
Mentioned below are the distances from well-known locations in Goa to Dudhsagar falls –
- Arpora to Dudhsagar falls distance is 88km approx.
- Candolim to Dudhsagar distance is approx 84km.
- Panjim to Dudhsagar falls distance is 76km approx.
- Baga to Dudhsagar Waterfalls distance is approx. 88km.
- Madgaon to Dudhsgar distance is approx 47km.
- Goa to Dudhsagar falls distance is 26km approx.
Nevertheless, you can enquire about your location pick up. The guided bus operators will tell you the inclusions in your Dudhsagar bus tour.
(Kindly go through it and compare it with other tour operators before booking).
By the way, this was my first time in Goa, and the adventure was quite good. I was keeping a few factors away.
Dudhsagar falls Goa
Your journey will start earlier than the earlier wake-up days. About 5-6a.m (If you had booked a bus tour). The Baga to Dudhsagar Waterfalls distance is approx. 90km by road.
The entry to Dudhsagar starts at 8:30 a.m., and after paying the entry ticket, you can sit in the jeep.
The bus from your pick-up point will drop you at Kulem. That will be the endpoint of your bus trip. You can have your breakfast at Kulem because you will not find any place to eat besides this point.
The distance from Kulem to Dudhsgar falls Goa is 10 km approx. The jeep safari will be for 45 mins, and you will be given 1:30 hrs to spend your time at the Dudhsagar waterfalls and afterward 45 mins to come back.
Complete 3 hrs total journey time permitted.
You can see Monkeys and Lagoons hopping from one tree to another. They will not do anything to you unless you tease them.
Upon Reaching Dudhsagar Waterfall
Dudhsagar falls are amongst the Tallest waterfalls in India. You need to walk about 5-10 mins to reach the base of Dudhsagar from where the jeep will drop.
Vice – Versa while coming back.
Thoughts – If you had visited Kempty falls in Mussoorie. Then, you will find a lot of comparisons with Dudhsagar waterfalls in Goa.
Entry Fee for Dudhsagar Waterfalls
The Jeep tour entry fees till the waterfalls will be Rs.500 per person, including drop and back.
The forest entry fees will be Rs. 50 per person charged by the forest department.
If you are a family with a child aged above four years, they will stay considered under the entire entry fees charged, a Total of 500 per person.
Nobody is permitted to start the jeep tour to the waterfalls until you have rented a life jacket. The charges for a Life Jacket will be Rs. 40 per person.
All the charges come under Dudhsagar falls entry fee.
(Note – If you had booked a bus operator. Then, you do not have to pay the charges separately as they will stay already included in your package).
If you are carrying a camera, you have to pay an additional Rs.30.
For professional equipment, you have to pay a hefty fee too.
No. of Members allowed in a Jeep.
The Jeep-like Bolero, Tavera, Mahindra, etc., will take you to the waterfall.
Each jeep can accompany a max. of 7 people.
Suppose you are a group of 7 people. Then, you will have a full jeep with your members.
Similarly, you are a group of 3 people. But, then, you will have four other people accompanying you.
In case you are a solo traveler. Then, you will be going to have six other people accompanying you.
You can also book an independent jeep by paying Rs. 3500.
If you are a couple and want to take the independent jeep ride, then you will have to pay Rs.3500 for the whole jeep. (500×7, simple)
If you are in a group of 5 people and want to enjoy the jeep ride amongst your members only. Then also Rs. 3500.
After dropping off from the jeep, you have to walk for 5-10 mins to arrive at the waterfalls.
Carrying of a plastic water bottle (Most Important)
I assume that you need your plastic water bottle on this long journey. Hence, you have to carry your plastic bottles along. You cannot throw the bottles inside the forest or anywhere in and around the waterfall.
The whole jeep plastic bottle will be numbered and written like 1, 2, and so on. So you have to carry and show the numbered bottles while coming back.
For ex-: One jeep = 7 members and each has one plastic bottle. i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 were numbered on the bottle.
It is an excellent initiative to preserve the environment from careless human beings.
Suppose you were not able to show any particular numbered bottle. Then, there might be a fine forced on you.
Dudhsagar Waterfall Timings
The Dudhsagar falls opening timings are 9 a.m & closing timings are 6 p.m on all the days.
The Jeep ride to the waterfall starts leaving at around 8:30 a.m – 9 a.m. It takes 45 mins from Kulem that is 10 km away from the Dudhsagar waterfalls.
Road Conditions till the Waterfall
The road conditions are not Good.
Suppose you are sitting forward in the jeep. Then you will feel like the king of the sanctuary enjoying the bumpy rides and making videos?
By chance, if you’re sitting in the backside of the vehicle like Bolero. Then, you will swing like anything from one seat to another.
A bumpy ride that you must enjoy and experience while you sit on both the seats in the onwards and backward journey.
Note – You cannot take your vehicle inside the sanctuary. Only Authorized official jeeps are allowed.
As soon as you arrive in Mollem town, there will be no mobile connectivity for Airtel users. Users of Jio, BSNL, and Vodafone would have the last laugh.
Food options inside the forest
Dudhsagar Waterfalls is present in Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Sonaulim. On the border of Goa & Karnataka and is surrounded by dense forest. There is no food availability inside the forest region and near the waterfall. I know that many of you have seen snacks counter just near the waterfalls at so many places but not in Dudhsagar falls.
It is a completely protected and zero waste area.
Before starting your jeep journey, you can have food just outside the entrance. There are plenty of local restaurants in Mollem town, from where the Jeep ride will begin.
Also, you are free to move after 3 hrs of the forest journey.
Yes, there are separate toilet options in the sanctuary for both men and women. You will find the toilets on your way to the Dudhsagar waterfalls.
Cloths changing option at the waterfalls
There are as such no rooms maid for both the genders to change the cloth. While the men do on the spot, it advised that women should change in the toilets only.
Dudhsagar Falls Best Time to Visit
The time just after the monsoon is best to visit Dudhsagar falls.
The waterfall will not remain open during the time of monsoon officially. Hence, people try to adopt unofficial ways to risk their lives to see the waterfall. Of course, there are other ways too, but I will not talk about that. Hence, keeping it easy.
After the monsoon season, it will be the time to welcome the winter season all over India.
Suppose you go to Goa in winters, especially from the north side. The expectations from the weather will be much more.
Things to keep in mind before entering the Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Since you are entering the waterfalls –
- Respect other people regardless of what they are wearing inside and outside the waterfalls. (Note – Respect animals too, hardly you are going to see any apart from monkeys but still).
- If you have a professional camera, I assume that you love nature and the surroundings. So do not be someone present there to capture the strangers and foreigners.
- Take complete care of your belongings when all the family members are going into the waterfall. But, then, you must keep an eye on your belongings too.
- Avoid taking any precious item with you which will become a threat of being stolen away.
- Please wear your life jackets before entering the waterfall. The rescue crew will be there if any mishap happens.
- The waterfall is quite deep in the middle, with the life jackets on, you can easily swim.
- The rocks are very slippery on the side of the waterfall, be very careful.
- Do not take the waterfall lightly. Be careful with your body.
- There are fishes in the waterfall which remain present every time. However, you do not need to be frightened of them.
- You can capture the scene you once saw in a movie where the train passes just ahead of the waterfall. Most goods train pass from the waterfall route. Nonetheless, a train is a train scene.
I hope that the journey to Dudhsagar falls in Goa will bring relaxation and change from your beach routine.
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