Dudhsagar water falls – the very name of this alluring fall translates to mean 'a sea of milk' and is aptly called so, for it simply seems like its milk and not water that's cascading down those rocks. Located in between Karnataka-Goa border about 72 km away from Panaji and set amidst an extremely beautiful spot, it is a major tourist attraction in the area.
Associated Legend …
According to a legend, it is believed that pretty princess lived in a palace within a forest close by Dudh Sagar and enjoyed taking bath in a lake located close by and would drink sweetened milk in her golden jug after bath. Meanwhile, she noticed that a prince was watching her bathe which embarrassed her and to prevent him from seeing her, she pured milk from her jug to form a curtain that prevented him from seeing her. Ad It is believed that it is the same sweetened milk that is cascading down the rocks as Dudhsagar waterfalls today.
Fall and its Surroundings
Dudhsagar waterfalls and the roads surrounding it are maintained by the Goa Forest Department. It is considered to be one of the world's most beautiful water falls, is listed as India's fifth tallest water fall and has a total height of 310 meters. It looks extremely spectacular especially during the monsoon season. However, the roads leading to the fall remain closed during the rainy season and are opened for public transport only after October.
The cascading waters form a pond beneath in which people can bathe but at their own risk. The waterfall which is located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary of Collem in South Goa is surrounded by a thick deciduous forest which houses various species of animals, plants, insects and birds.
Dudhsagar Water Falls can be reached easily by road and rail. While the nearest railway station is the Collem Railway Station. The train rout to reach this water fall from Karnataka will be from: Hubli, Dharwad, Alnavar, Londa, Tinaighat, Castle Rock and Dudh Sagar. It is not advisable to travel to Dudhsagar by car as the road has a jungle track and the river criss corsses the road at several points.
Trekking is also a famous tourist attrcationn at Dudhsagar. There is a railway track close by the water falls where the trekkers can find to shelters to rest in. However, they are made available to trekkers only on first come first serve basis.