Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered waterfall. It is the largest, one of its kind in the tiny but amazingly beautiful state of Goa. This alluring waterfall is the fifth highest in India. Located in the serene and beautiful surroundings of the mighty Western Ghats, this waterfall is best visited during the monsoon season, especially between the months of July and september.Dudhsagar has a milky white appearance because of which it is named as Dudhsagar i.e. “Ocean of Milk”.
Like most places in Goa, the Dudhsagar waterfall too has a legend attached to its name. The legend tells the story of this powerful and wealthy king who ruled a kingdom in the Western Ghats. The King had a beautiful daughter, who used to enjoy taking a bath during the hot summers, in the picturesque lake near the forest on the edge of the King’s palace grounds. It was her habit to finish her bath and have a jugful of sugared milk in a jug made of pure gold. One day when she was finishing her usual jug of milk she found herself being watched by a handsome prince standing amongst the trees. Embarassed by her inadequate bathing attire, the resourceful Princess poured the sugared milk in front of her to form an improvised curtain to hide her body, while one of the maids rushed to cover her with a dress. Thus was the legend born. The sugared milk (dudh) poured down the mountainside and continued to flow in torrents as a tribute to the everlasting virtue and modesty of the Princess of the Ghats. The Dudhsagar continues to flow to this day and attracts thousands of visitors to one of the most popular and famous tourist spots in the state of Goa.
The nearest rail station accessible by road to the falls is Castle Rock station. Visitors could get in a train from here and disembark at the Dudhsagar stop. It is to be noted that the Dudhsagar rail stop is not a station where passengers can expect a platform. Passengers and visitors have to climb down the steep ladder of the rail compartment in a short 1-2 minute unscheduled stop. From this rail stop, visitors have to walk about a kilometer on the tracks to arrive at the falls. While the walk itself is something unexpected for a popular tourist destination, there is a 200 m train tunnel that is totally dark which makes the walk a bit tougher. There is no availability of fresh drinking water nor clean rest room facilities anywhere in the vicinity of the falls including at the rail stop. There is absolutely no access to power or cellular signal at this location just as there is no access to road transportation. Caution needs to be exercised when planning a trip to the falls with elders or children. There are many outdoor adventure organizations that organize monsoon treks to Dudhsagar for people interested in adventures that includes trekking from Castle Rock and camping under the falls for a night.