Dudhsagar Falls Goa India

Dudhsagar falls is a place for you to visit, if you are looking for a short nature excursion in Goa or when you want to escape with your family to a neat picnic place.

I share further on how to get there, travel charges, what time to visit and what to expect from the Dudhsagar falls!

Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

A while ago, my husband and our Bavarian friends decided to go for a trip to the legendary Dudhsagar falls in Goa.

We needed a day off and none of us had ever had the chance to visit these beautifully high waterfalls before, so we packed our cameras, took the car, and ventured towards the other end of Goa towards Ponda and Mollem.

πŸš— Getting there

It was a busy Wednesday on the roads but we took only about 1 1/2 hours from Vagator (North Goa – coastline Bardez area).

So if you come by cab from Calangute, Baga, Arpora, Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora, or Candolim, plan in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the drive (just in case the traffic gets too much).

From Arambol, Ashwem, Mandrem, Morjim plan another 1/2 hour in to get to Dudhsagar falls.

From Panaji (Panjim) city you would take about 1 hour to get to the Dudhsagar falls (over Old Goa aka Goa Velha).

βŒ› When to visit?

Once we arrived there we realized that we chose the right day to visit the Dudhsagar falls, because the little elephant village Mollem was literally empty.

Normally that is not the case, in fact, I heard people say that usually hordes of tourists come to visit the picturesque jungle and waterfall.

Lucky us!

molem river goa
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

To get to the falls you need to hire a jeep, you can’t go there in your own car.

Dudhsagar is situated in a natural reserve and the government is limiting the number of taxis per day.

You need to get to the Dudhsagar falls before there are no tickets left!

Best time to visit Dudhsagar falls -> 10-11 am – Monday to Thursdays

Worst times to visit Dudhsagar falls -> anything after 12 pm, weekends & holidays, rainy season  (as it might be closed)

From the village Mollem (or was it Kullem village?) we took a jeep.

I would suggest doing the same thing because the road to reach the waterfall is super tedious, in fact, it’s not a road and you have to pass a few rivers and rocks and only a jeep can take that, a normal bike will get damaged.

goan forests
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

πŸš™ Jeep Ride

One jeep can take about 6 people (although there is space for 8 people + driver).

We paid about Rs. 400/-per person and for those who don’t know to swim Rs.30/- for life jacket + Rs.50/- go for the forest check post. 

(Fix priced, you can’t get cheated!).

The drive from Kulem village to Dudhsaar falls itself is very bumpy.

I don’t mind it, I am young but I don’t think so that would be something for an elderly person or somebody who suffers from serious ailments (just a thought at the side…).

After a 10 minutes drive, you will reach the forest department’s checkpoint and there the driver will ask you to go to the little hut and pay for your cameras (of course everybody has one nowadays).

We paid about 50 INR (0,70 €) for a photography camera and I think so it’s about 100 INR (1,40 €) for a Video Cam.

termite hill, cashew fruits
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Then the drive to dudhsagar falls continues for another 30 minutes.

You will be passing a few rivers with the jeep and you will have time to observe the wonderful nature around you.

Indian jungle
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Lots of trees at the beginning of the journey are either mango trees or cashew trees and after a while, you will realize that the jungle is getting thicker with bigger, older, and higher trees and dark passages where the light doesn’t reach.

If you are lucky you’ll be able to sight a few animals such as deer, tropical birds, wild bores, snakes, and at one point you will be able to make out the waterfall from afar.

Oh, and you might see a lot of Termite “castles” as well (love those)!

western ghat forests
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

🌊 Dudhsagar Falls

Reaching the forest parking space of the dudhsagar waterfalls you will be told by the driver that the meeting point will be there in an hour’s time.

The whole place is so serene and inspiring, you feel like you have gone back in time with the amazing landscape, rocks, and fulfilling nature.

You won’t get a mobile signal at the Dudhsagar falls, any way you won’t need it and if you need help or are hurt, there are always lifeguards near the dudhsagar waterfalls.

dudhsagar falls

Dudhsagar falls are situated right at the border to the state of Karnataka and this is the point where the Western Ghats mountain range begins.

You might recall that I had mentioned in an older post that the Western Ghats mountain chain is part of the UNESCO Heritage and therefore the nature surrounding the km long mountain chain is highly protected.

dudhsagar train rail connection over the waterfall

When coming closer to the waterfalls you will notice that the white stream of water seems to take forever to fall from the highest point down into the little lake river.

You will also observe a bridge at one of the highest points and if you are lucky you’ll be able to experience the vibes of the Indian railway train passing the bridge.

monkey dudhsagar waterfalls
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

And then there are the monkeys… The little and big pink-faced macaque monkeys are used to human visitors.

They don’t mind us as long as there are not too many of us and as long as we give them the respect they deserve as the local residents.

Russian tourist harassing amonkey

They will sit next to you and they might be in the mood to play with you, however, don’t threaten them or they will show you who the boss is!

There was that Russian lady who kept pushing that monkey to jump up and show some teeth so that she could take a unique snap.

macaque monkeys together

I don’t suggest doing that.

If they attack you, don’t blame the monkeys, it’s your own fault then!

Of course, you should be aware that the little wild man likes to be near humans because they wait for a chance to rob.

Don’t underestimate the monkeys, they will con you! 

macaque monkey drinking water

Some of us were happily discovering the surroundings others had a blast taking out their little gadgets.

It was a serene moment of peace, something so rare in this fast-growing busy world, it was as if we had found the fountain of youth in Asia.

While coming back to the jeep from the paradise we were honored to have the lifeguards coming along.

They explained that the dudhsagar falls are closed in the heavy rainy season, July & August, due to the heavy water streams and high floods.

They also explained that the so-called devil’s canyon further down the jungle area was closed due to deadly accidents in the past.

English tourists in the Indian jungle
Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Although the government was planning to reopen it in the future once security measurements had been taken.

The drive back took us another 40 minutes and once we reached back we went for a hearty, delicious, filling Indian dinner at a newly built restaurant.

That place had some kind of mini historical building park.

We never went to see it simply because the price of 300 INR seemed outrageously ridiculous and to see anything so weird is just a waste of time.

Of course, there are occasions where elephant rides are offered or an elephant bath, but we didn’t venture for that either.

I don’t know how these elephants are treated and tend to be careful.

Otherwise, the village itself is pretty cute with local houses and chicken and baby piglets taking rounds.

You might not be able to see that anymore in the developed Goa, so I and my German friend had a blast playing around with some of the small animals. ^.^

having a good time

❓ Is it worth visiting?

Dudhsagar falls might not be for you if you are somebody who is extensively spending time in nature on your own or if you do not like a lot of people around you.

It’s also not that exciting for somebody who does a lot of nature trekking.

Dudhsagar falls is for you if you are looking for a small adventure with your family or friends.

If you are looking to reconnect with nature and to see more than just the beaches in Goa.

Dudhsagar is great for all those who come from the busy life of an Indian city.

There are various hotels in and around Mollem/Kullem village, I personally can’t recommend anything as I didn’t stay in any.

However, I still think it makes sense to just stay near the coastline and to visit Dudhsagar falls for a day trip.

Dear Reader, Have you been to Dudhsagar falls or are you planning to visit the waterfalls?

The post, Dudhsagar falls, was first published on March 15th, 2013 at masalaherb.com and has been updated and enhanced ever since.

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28 thoughts on “Dudhsagar Falls Goa India”

  1. What a lovely post, thank you for sharing your stunning photos with us. That photo of you is quite lovely. A two hour cab ride in Toronto would cost over $200 Canadian Dollars (I’m guessing as a short trip down the road is around $20!)

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  2. Your trip looks wonderful. The hike to the falls is lovely and those monkeys – how fun it must be to have them part of your environment, and with such character. I love these photos. You looked like you were having a blast. Thanks for sharing your day out.

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  3. Wow, I wasn’t expecting the place to be so remote? It really looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere! What beautiful scenery though – must be such a lovely place to see – so jealous πŸ™

    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos… it brought a lovely feeling of warmth to these freezing cold French evening πŸ™‚

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  4. I’ve not heard of this, but it looks wonderful! You make Goa sound so enticing – I definitely need to visit someday. Great pictures – thanks for this.

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  5. This is what I love about blogging! I’m sitting here sipping my morning tea and looking at these beautiful falls in a country far, far away and participating in one’s fun and memorable outing. What a great post! I could go on and on about many of the things you said, but I won’t. I’ll just stop here and re-read the post and look at those beautiful falls! Thanks for starting my day out so well!

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  6. nice post..i have been thinking to go see dhudsagar for two years now,can u give me the contact details of the driver/where shud i go and get a jeep,i want to book in advance,let me know soon pls,i am planning to go sometime soon

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    • Hi Biren!
      When you are in Goa take a taxi to Molem village. Even if you say dhudsagar the taxi driver will take you to molem village. When you reach this village you’ll be directed by the villagers or taxi driver to the jeeps and there you pay to get a ticket and proceed with the jeep to dhudsagar. You can’t book in advance from what I know and no need to book anyway, you’ll get there don’t worry. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Though normal bikes are not allowed, there is a bike route through forest. This is a tough road and bikes are only operated by locals at Collem. Bike ride to falls is awesome experience. Do not forget to carry your helmet for bike ride. When we went there offered us life jacket as there are some water streams, but not a helmet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH3NRfD6j7I

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  8. It was of great Interest to read your experience about Dudhsagar Waterfalls…I shall like to take your Advice whether it shall be Tedious for My My Father & Mother Inlaw…Do you think Jeep Journey from Mollem Village shall be Tedious for Them for 40 minutes..Both are 65 + of Age…

    I am planning to Visit Dudhsagar Waterfalls with My Wife-My 02 Daughters 15 years & 8 years of Age respectively + My Brother Inlaw-His Wife and their Infant 1 and Half year Old with Us

    Also Can you Please tell me the name of Newly Build Restaurant in Village Mollem where you went for a hearty, delicious, filling Indian dinner…

    Looking for your earliest reply…

    Kind Regards,

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    • Hi Atul,
      I am not sure if your parents will take the jeep journey well. It all depends on how good their health is doing. If they have back problems or have difficulties coping up with long journeys, then maybe your parents won’t have so much fun during the drive. Also, it might be tedious for the baby but your daughters will enjoy it for sure. The government has ensured new rules at the waterfall where visitors get a swimming west to wear and lifeguards are stationed at the waterfall.
      I don’t remember the name of the restaurant but you can’t miss it anyway, it’s right at the center of the village opposite the car parking place. There is a “Mini World” next to the restaurant where you get to see famous world buildings in a smaller format. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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    • That depends on which time of the year you want to visit. The prices have increased too since the rupee has lost value, so it will be around 2500 INR.

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  9. It was a pleasure reading your post on the trip to the falls. For the case that you plan a repeat visit, we provide farmstay accomodation close to the waterfalls. Just wanted to point out, that the jeep rides to the falls start from Kulem village (which is not far from Mollem).

    Regards,

    Ashok

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  10. I have never heard of Dudhsagar Falls before, but with monkeys and cool water, it sounds like just the place to escape the crowds and business of the rest of India. I would love to go sometime.

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  11. This looks like a great trip to do. First I thought it wouldn’t be for me since I’m not driving, but then I understood that the jeeps taking you there can be hired, so I’d be fine.
    Yes, I hate it, too, when people behave like they are at Disney World and have no understanding let alone respect for nature and its creatures; it’s like you say – when then something happens, it’s their own fault, but unfortunately too few people seem to understand.
    I’m missing some captions with your nice pix, though, since I’d love to know what they are showing (like this little heap – is it termites?….ants?…)

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    • Yes, those are termite hills and they appear all over the forests there. You are right Renata, few people get it and when something happens they don’ t get why and how altough it is rather clear that you shouldn’t be climbing up places or tease wild animals.

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  12. Dudhsagar falls looks like a fantastic place to spend the day, or at least the morning. I would probably disappear before it got too crowded, but I would love to go for a swim first.

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  13. We have been to Dudhsagar Falls, it was really nice but to get the real chill feel you have to go early especially around December time because this place gets super busy. I see you were also lucky enough to get a pic of the train as it crosses the falls from above, Its so beautiful! Definitely worth going back!

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    • Yeah, I agree, the earlier you visit the better! It certainly has become more popular for nature lovers and those who might have seen the place in some Bollywood movie -> Bollywood “pilgrimage”.

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  14. Woah I loved your pictures!!! And the whole experience looks cheap if you consider how many fun things you can do over there. My husband would already be high from the jeep ride!

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  15. Great information there. It is interesting to know that the forest is litter-free. More than often, these park are poorly maintained.

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  16. This looks like such an awesome site….unfortunately so many are over-saturated with tourists. πŸ™ Most of whom don’t really care about preserving the nature and beauty.

    It would be so great to visit here one day though. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  17. Haha I love the tip about watching out for the monkeys that will con you! Those sweet little faces, you’d never guess! It sound slike a great little trip, and I like the Jeeps driving you.

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  18. Dudhsagar Falls, especially with that angle in the first photo, is an interesting nature spot to visit from the beaches of Goa. I would be afraid of the monkeys though.

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  19. Interesting write up. I like the way the train crossed the waterfall the bridge really imposes itself into the landscape.

    The cheeky monkeys are cute too and I love how close you got..

    I understand that you’re generating revenue on your page, but the pop up Netflix ad on the bottom of the page was annoying while I was reading. (just my two cents)

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

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  20. Goa Dudh Sagar falls is really gift of Nature, Around the falls having tall hills with around spread full of Green trees is one of the additional attraction.one can have to take an apportunity to visit and enjoy once or twice

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