Majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls and magic of Castle Rock

A visit to Dudhsagar waterfalls should not end with just a visit to the waterfalls. Because further ahead is Castle Rock, a town that looks like it has emerged straight out of a story book!! Where goods trains are the most common mode of transport. And the locals seem unaware of the hidden gems their town has to offer.

Dudhsagar waterfalls

But first up, the thunderous cascading star of the visit – the Dudhsagar waterfalls. A picture speaks a thousand words. But even a thousand pictures fall short of what hit us when we first laid our eyes on these waterfalls.

Dudhsagar waterfall on the border of Goa and Karnataka in India are four tiered waterfalls resembling a cascading fall of milk.

Dudhsagar waterfalls (Dudh: milk, Sagar: sea) are located in the middle of a forest on the Goa-Karnataka border. It is a four tiered waterfall with different ways to reach each level. The bottom of the waterfall is accessible through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest department runs a 4WD service through the sanctuary up to the foot of  the Dudhsagar waterfalls. This service is closed during monsoon.

Dudhsagar waterfall on the border of Goa and Karnataka in India are four tiered waterfalls resembling a cascading fall of milk.

Another, more popular approach is to the middle of the Dudhsagar waterfalls, through the railway tracks. We traveled in a passenger train from Madgaon in Goa to Kulem. At Kulem we boarded goods train. Some local guys agreed to be our guides and fixed us up with the motorman of the train that was leaving soon.

The platform at the railings of a goods train on which we traveled to Dudhsagar waterfall on the border of Goa and Karnataka.

We stood on the edge holding on to the railing, outside the engine of the goods train. Traveling up the steep Braganza pass on the seamless tracks through a lush green forest in a rhythmic motion, with the wind in our faces, we felt one with the nature around!

Dudhsagar_Braganza_ghat

The railways tracks trace a horseshoe (U) over the valley approaching the Dudhsagar waterfalls. The first glimpse of the falls is, hence, from across the valley. Our guide knew the exact point at which we would see the waterfalls. When the train got there, he started shouting “camera ready, view point, view point”.

Standing outside the engine of a goods train as it passed through the dense forest on the way to Dudhsagar waterfall on the border of Goa and Karnataka in India.

We got the cameras all ready. The train slowly (and extremely steadily) approached the view point – and we froze. We just couldn’t take our eyes off it. At that moment, we couldn’t care about the camera, the photograph, the view point or anything else.

A tree stands leafless in the spray of the Dudhsagar waterfall on the border of Goa and Karnataka in India.

The Dudhsagar waterfalls, even from that far across the valley, had hypnotised us.

The milk like water of the Dudhsagar waterfall on the border of the states Goa and Karnataka in India.

From a distance, it looks like the area around the Dudhsagar waterfalls is covered in clouds. It is actually just the spray from the waterfalls, its momentum so strong, it actually crosses over to the other side of the railway tracks. We had to put our camera away to prevent it from being sprayed over.

The milk like water of the Dudhsagar waterfall on the border of the states Goa and Karnataka in India.

Another experience on our trip to the Dudhsagar waterfalls, was getting to walk on railway tracks. We walked up to a place called Sonalium, a station so tiny, it didn’t have a ticket counter or a platform! Just a board letting us know its existence.

dudhsagar_tunnels

It was fun walking through this section of the railway tracks in the middle of the forest, through numerous tunnels. We had to be mindful the whole while of the sound of any approaching train.

Castle Rock

Further ahead of Dudhsagar is a town called Castle Rock. The name was inviting enough and a 30-40 minute train ride ahead got us there. When we got off the train at Castle Rock, the station master there was surprised. He assumed we were there by mistake. He vehemently insisted there was nothing to see here and asked us to leave for Dudhsagar waterfalls!

castle_rock_station

It was a sleepy little hill town. The Castle Rock station seemed to be the only reason the town existed. All the infrastructure belonged to the Indian Railways and being a Sunday, everything was shut. Apart from these railway buildings, the place is a small village. Families keep poultry at homes and they cook in wood fired stoves.

castle_rock_adventure_camp

It felt like we were part of a story, wandering around in a magical land in search of treasure. And sure enough, we found one, in the form of a board saying “Castle Rock Adventure Camp” run by the Karnataka government. “Discover a new trail every time” was their charming tagline!

We followed the tree-lined misty trail and it eventually led us to the fully functional campsite – that apparently no one knew about!

castle_rock_cabin

There were a couple of cabins for stay, each equipped with 12 bunk beds. The outdoor seating and dining arrangements were at the perfect vantage points. We even met the trained staff, who took care of food and security.

On that cold misty afternoon, it looked really picturesque. Had we known of this place earlier, we would have definitely planned to stay here for a night.

castle_rock_bench

Dudhsagar waterfalls are a perfect getaway for a short holiday from Mumbai or Pune. The not-so-easy approach makes it sufficiently offbeat. Closeness to nature, a sense of adventure and a touch of magic – visit to Dudhsagar and Castle Rock has it all.

Tips on visiting Dudhsagar and Castle Rock

  • A passenger train leaves every morning from Madgaon, Goa for Kulem. From Kulem, get on a goods train (request the motorman) and jump off the train at Dudhsagar. It is not an official stop. Regular trains do not halt at Dudhsagar.
  • Alternately get there from Castle Rock, again by a goods train. Chances of this train halting at Dudhsagar are higher than from Madgaon.
  • Or take an Indian Railway train like Amravati Express and get off at Sonalium. A couple of kilometers’ walk from Sonalium will get you to the Dudhsagar waterfalls.
  • Get a map of Madgaon. Names of some train stations are similar (Kulem and Kalem) and can be misleading. Having a map will avoid any confusion.
  • No food is available at Dudhsagar waterfalls. You must carry their own supplies, preferably from Madgaon.

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110 thoughts on “Majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls and magic of Castle Rock

  1. Shashank Hegde

    Hi Chetan,

    We are planning to go to Duudhsagar next week (24-Dec-2016 and 25th Dec).
    We are starting from Bangalore on Friday Night (23rd Dec) . Could you please let us know on how to travel. near by places to visit how to come back to Bangalore.
    Also can you suggest some hotels for us to stay

  2. Resorts in Chikmagalur

    WOW,amazing beautiful place,I can feel the beauty of this place from your pictures,Keeping up with trends, techniques, what works and what doesn’t is a tough job, but lists like this make it so much easier!

    Thanks for including all interesting points to read and make us aware.

  3. Saivishal

    Hi Chetan,

    We are planning to go to Dhudhsagar this saturday (29-Oct-2016). We are going to start from belgaum aroung 12:50AM by train, Where we should get down to reach falls and is it possible to get down while train is moving (as my friends told trains will be slow at the falls).

    Now is there any ban?, whom we should contact to know about the ban.

    Thanks in advance

  4. Gaurav Bhardwaj

    Hello Chetan, Me and My Friends are going Goa on 07th December 2016 to 11th December 2016. And are planning to Visit Dudhsagar also may be on 9th or 10th December 2016. And we are three families along with our 3 children aged 2.5 yrs each. Can you please suggest which mode should we use so that it is safe and adventures also and we can enjoy to the fullest during the trip. Here I would say we are flexible with renting Bike, Car both and also if safe willing to travel by train also. Please reply as your suggestions will help me a lot in arranging everything smoothly.

    1. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

      We had been to the Dudhsagar waterfalls when the ban was not in place. We have been told that the route is officially going to open soon. The 4WD route, to the bottom of the waterfalls through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, will also open up by next week.

    2. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

      Hello Muniraj, yes – the railway police had banned the access tot he Dudhsagar waterfalls through the railway tracks for security reasons. But we have been told that post monsoon, it will be opened again.

  5. HBJ

    We are planning to visit Goa in 1st week of November. Is it worth visiting Dudhsagar. We are 2 families with kids and will be having own car. Can we go by road to the falls?

    1. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

      November is a good time to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls because by then the 4WD route through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary would also be open. The waterfalls are not directly accessible by road, as they are part of the WLS.

  6. Pravin

    Hi Sandeepa and Chetan. That’s wonderful. Nice pics to support the writeup too. Do you happen to have the number of the camping site near castle rock? If yes, could you please share the same

  7. Fatema

    I would like to know if November the falls would run dry and doesn’t make sense to go there?? Completely understand the monsoons is the best time but unable to go now and looking at your pictures want to see it soon.

  8. lakshmi

    hi Sandeep,

    your blog and your experience was very very nice..

    i want some more clarity in this please help me..

    we are planning a trip to Dudhsagar from Hyderabad in August 2016. we planned to get down at castle rock and trek from there to dudhsagar.

    but most of the people saying that Karnataka govt not allowing the trek from railway track. is it true.

    please suggest me, shall we take any permission.

    1. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

      Hello Lakshmi, we are not aware of what the present situation is. We have read about the walk along the railway tracks to Dudhsagar being disallowed. You will need to contact the forest officials for the latest information.

  9. Rojin

    Hi All,
    Is the ban still in effect? Has anyone done a trek to Dudhsagar during the month of October? Please let me know. Planning Dudhsagar this weekend. Thanks.

  10. Krish

    Hi Sandeep

    We are planning go this weekend. But as you know Kulem – Dudhsagar is not scenic. We are planning to go from Dudhsagar towards Castle Rock not the entire distance. Will it be safe or will we invite any trouble or fine.. We don’t want to miss the tunnels and the scenic things.

  11. Napier

    This is really wonderful, I love to visit this place. India has a lot of camping places and these places shown in the picture are really amazing for camping. every place in this picture is wonderful. I love your blog.

  12. Vasant

    Can you tell us .we are a group of five ladies.we just want to see dudhsagar from train. We will be visiting hubballi on 15th. From there how to go to see dudhsagar. Which station we should get down . I heard that trains dont stop in castlerock. We want to return by bus or taxi .

  13. Prudhvi

    Hi Sandeep,
    This blog is really awesome. Could any one please let me know if dudhsagar is allowed to visit during the last week of October ; the below comments says it is closed. We are planning to reach dudhsagar from Castle-rock and possibly stay there at night on October 29th 2015. Please let me know any information related to ban on dudhsagar. Thanks in advance.

  14. dinesh S

    Hey, 22nd Aug…Made to the dudhsagar waterfall with the help of the local guide who took us thru the jungle route from Seraulim station… was a expensive trip but worth it !! Worth the risk !!

  15. gaurav

    Hi,
    Me and My Friends are planning to Trek Dudhsagar on 29th Aug 2015.
    Is trekking along the tracks has been banned by the railway officials??
    or still we can access dudhsagar??
    Can we get any train from sonalium to Kulem or CastleRock before 4PM? any idea?
    Which route is best to trek? Kulem to Dudhsagar or Castlerock to Dudhsagar?? Please suggest.Thanks in advance.

    1. parag

      HI Gaurav, I am also planning on same dates, I am walking from castle rock to dudh sagor, I plan to spend night at dudh sagar…and in morning return back to castle rock…hope to get lift in some train…my question to all is– is all this allowed by police authorities now? like walking on track, slepping in tents at dudh sagar,., going under falls,,,etc,,,and if not,, how do we know at castle rock stn? or is there anyway we can call some authorities and find info up front… ?

      1. praveen

        Dudhsagar is closed this year, railway police won’t allow you to trek from castle rock and they won’t even allow you to get down dudhsagar station, you can only view from running train. I went for dudhsagar trekking on Aug 15 and disappointed. This is how dudhsagar now looks – Amazing Dudhsagar water falls – https://youtu.be/EdBfwFv0vMM

    2. yogesh

      my request to you please cancel your plan . i am just visited dudhsagar on 15th & 16 Aug
      now all are under CRPF
      they not allow to walk trek form castle rock to Dudhsagar by rail track
      15 day be four some people attack on train, broken the AC window of rail.
      daily 2-3 died on track
      so for time being Thay not allow to go
      best to go in November

  16. kushal

    This blog is very useful..thanku very much..m planning for dudhsagar aug 21 from pune by train..any one wants to join us contact me plz 9890521757

  17. Ankita Mal

    Hi! This blog is really awesome! And I can’t wait to visit dudhsagar falls. I have one question, if we need to take the goods train from kolem, from where does those shared jeeps run? Since, the distance from kolem and falls seems to be a good 9-10Km and its impossible for my parents to either hop on a goods train or walk that far, how could they possibly reach this place?

      1. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

        We have no idea about any cottage or accommodation near Kulem. Your best bet for finding information regarding this would be to contact the forest department’s office there and ask. We do not have the numbers however. Wish you a happy travel experience to the Dushsagar waterfalls!

  18. SHAIKH ASHIQUE

    HI Sandeep, this is ashique from mumbai. I really liked your site and the wonderful comments which are very useful.
    Actually I am planning for doodhsagar trip and castle rock. Our trip is scheduled in mid August. I want to know while walking around the tracks from doodh sagar to castle rock is it safe from harmful animals as it is covered with jungle and caves.

    1. Kunal Khairnar

      Take 11029 mumbai-kolhaur Koyna Exp get down at pune.
      You have other train at 16:30 from pune 12780 NZM-VSG GOA Exp which reach Dudhsagar Waterfall cabin at 03:30 next morning

      1. Akshay Sohoni

        Hi Kunal,

        Is this an only way to reach Dudhsagar from Mumbai?
        I have been told that Amravati Express too passes somewhere near from Dudhsagar.
        Do you have any idea about it?

  19. Ashish Patil

    Hello guys i want to ask u..tell me train info from miraj to dudhsagar..which train halts at dudhsagar waterfall which comes from miraj or pune…and train time table from miraj to dudhsagar.. n m planning to go there 16 august 2015 …

  20. swapnil

    thanks for all info abt dudhsagar
    pls help me with following questions……..
    1) we are m planing to go dudhsagar in month of august 2015 around 14 aug …. this is good time or not to go dudhsagar ?
    2) we are from mumbai with some ladies so please suggest better route with less walk but with tracking so that we can enjoy nature also
    3) there is any chances of disallow to go dudhsagar due to rain or what at our planing time

    1. Chetan Karkhanis

      Hello Swapnil, monsoon is the best time to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls. You can take the goods train from either Kulem or Castle Rock (depending on whether you are traveling from Goa or KArnatake respectively) and get off at an earlier signal to avoid too much trekking and yet experience some adventure. Rains should not hamper your visit to the Dudhsagar waterfalls by train.

  21. Sachin K Garud

    hi sandeep liked your story, and felt , i wish i could roam like you guys for months together. I am planning for doodhsagar falls in last week fo July 2015. 1) could you please specify the time of goods train that you boarded from Kulem to go to the Doodhsagar falls. 2) Which station got down at for the falls, was it doodsagar falls stn, or nearby stan.? 3) Evening I think you guys came by goods train.. what time it came and where did you boarded from? 4) are there trains to go to Kulem/ Madgon in the evening from the falls?
    My phone number is 09969232682 and I am from Thane,Bombay. Would like to talk to you in person regarding your 3 months travel…

    Regards,
    Sachin

  22. Chandan

    I’m planning to reach Castle rock by road and trek on the track to the falls. Are there any hotels to safely park my vehicle?

  23. Abhijit

    Thank you sandeepachetan for your great details and wonderful pics.

    I am planning to visit the falls in 2nd week of July 2015.
    I will be going to Kullem by Car with my wife & 2 daughters [7 Yrs & 3 Yrs]
    I will be disappointed if Jeep Service is not running on the day I visit due to rain.
    So planning a alternate by train from Kullem to Dudhsagar and back.

    My Plan and Questions
    Train From Kullem to Dudhsagar: 17315/Vasco-Da-Gama-Velankanni Weekly Express @10:25 [Avg late 30min]
    Q: Do you know if this exp train stop at Dudhsagar Falls?
    Q: You mentioned you jumped off the goods train at Dudhsagar Falls– Was is running or stopped?
    My concern is if trains do not stop, will I able to get down with my kids

    Train From Dudhsagar to Kullem: 18047/Amaravati Express @12:18 [Avg late 1Hr]
    Q: Dose all trains stops at Dudhsagar Falls for break checking?

    Both trains do not run daily, however luckily for me– runs on Monday — the day I am visiting.
    If I miss these trains — Good Trains are still an option — Am I right?
    I guess I will need to buy return tickets @ Kullem to Castle Rock — OR do they sell a ticket till Dudhsagar Falls?

    Your reply will be helpful. If you do not know any of the answers, can you guide me to some source may be at Kullem? I will check with them on reaching Kullem.

    Thanks again, Abhijit

    1. T Ahamed

      Hi Abhijeet,

      Best of my knowledge, I would suggest jeep service as you are along with ur kids. Just in case FYI

      Q: Do you know if this exp train stop at Dudhsagar Falls?
      – From kullem they issue ticket only for castle rock(atleast for exp trains) which is around 30rs and also buy the return tickets at the same station(No counter at Doodhsagar station). If lucky you can also find goods trains from kullem station towards dudhsagar. I feel that everytrain stop atleast for minute somwhere near to doodhsagar falls.

      I travel by train in morning and return i observed couple of trains towards kullem also stopped least a minute.

      Q: You mentioned you jumped off the goods train at Dudhsagar Falls– Was is running or stopped?
      My concern is if trains do not stop, will I able to get down with my kids

      — I think Everytrain towards doodhsagar will stop for atleast for minute at doodhsagar station or 1/2 or 1 kms after doodhsagar station,local guy told me last time after crossing entire steep they will stop the train. You can only get down if the train stops completely as you are with kids dont risk from running train.

      Q: Dose all trains stops at Dudhsagar Falls for break checking?

      Yes most possibly. You can better check with station master at doodhsagar railway station for info of trains on that day or else only option will be left is getting into some goods train requesting the guard. It is 9kms exactly from Doodhsagar waterfalls to Kullem station.

      1. Abhijit

        Thank you Ahamed for your valuable guidance.

        My first choice is still Jeep, and trains are my alternate plan only if jeeps are not running.

  24. K N Nagaraja

    Friend, you have written that take a Railway train like Amravati Express and get off at Sonalium. But when we saw the railway timetable, there is no stop at Sonalium for Amravati Express. I want to know whether the train Amaravati express really stops at Sonalium so that we can get down at Sonalium and trek to Doodhsagar. Kindly clarify, thank you.

    1. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

      Hello K N Nagaraja, the station Sonalium is probably not mentioned because Sonalium is not a full fledged station. You can not but ticket at Sonalium. When we boarded at Sonalium on the way back from the waterfalls, we bought the tickets for the journey at Kulem.

  25. parag

    Thanks for such valuable info… i will be coming from HYD…Getting down at castle rock..then walk or goods train to falls… but while coming back.. what is best route… from falls to kulem to hyd? or falls to londa stn to hyd? how much is distance upto londa stn from falls and how to get there?..or any other best route, pls suggest… thanks and regards, parag

    1. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

      Hello Parag, we saw a lot of families on a day picnic traveling to and fro from Castle Rock to the Dudhsagar waterfalls in a goods train. If you intend to go back to Hyd from the Dudhsagar waterfalls (and not go towards Madgaon), then there is no point going towards Kulem. Stay on the Karnataka side of Dudhsagar.

  26. Ankur Patel

    Is tickets for kulem is available at madgaon railway station? and what is alternate way to reach falls from kulem other than goods train?and what for return?

    1. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

      Hello Ankur, yes tickets are available for Kulem from Madgaon. An alternate way to get to Dudhsagar waterfalls from Kulem is to walk through the railway tracks over Braganza ghats. On weekends in monsoon, you will find groups doing this. There might be passenger trains going up at your time which can halt at Sonalium. From there its only a short walk to the Dudhsagar waterfalls.

  27. Ankur Patel

    Is tickets for kulem is available at madgaon railway station? and what is alternate way to reach falls from kulem other than goods train?and what for return?

  28. Arun Kumar

    also i wanna know how to get back frm dudhsagar to madgao i mean last train frm there and also…… again do we need to catch goods train to kulem and normal train to madgoa……….

    1. T Ahamed

      I have recently visited this place couple of days back. Yes only option returning back to kulem is by goods train or daily @ 12:30 Noon, there is a train(KACHEGUDA-VASCO exp) towards goa which is an only option to reach kullem or any other goods train by luck. Kulem is 9kms from this waterfalls.

      Strict Note:- Do not plan to visit water falls below(Located in National Park) from trekking route, as it is stricly prohibited for visitors coming from train track and biggest problem no vehicle is allowed or will take you back to kulem by safari(Jeep) and also these visitors cannot enter the waterfalls without lifejacket provided at the time of entry to park).

      TRAIN Route TREK: KULEM – DUDHSAGAR – KULEM STATION (Only return is possible to Kulem by goods train or walking 9kms)
      Jeep Trek(Forest Route) – Strictly take the Govt oragnised 2400/Vehicle(6persons max in vehicle)

        1. Gaurangi

          Hello Sandeepa and Chetan,

          I wanted to know where can I get the details about the “Castle Rock Adventure Camp” run by the Karnataka government. Is http://www.ecotrails.in, the appropriate website for it? Let me know whatever information you may have about it.
          Thank you and Happy travelling to you both!

          Love,
          Gaurangi

          1. Chetan Karkhanis

            Hello Gaurangi, this is the link to the adventure resort we saw in Castle Rock. http://www.indiatourismecatalog.com/india_states_travel_guide/karnataka/karnataka_wild_jungle_camps_trails.html
            If this isnt helpful, try these options which is a friend suggested. There is a Dilip SHinde guest house, very close to the Castle Rock railway station gate. Else, there is a PWD guest house. You can try to contact the caretaker, Prakash at 9535552603. Wish you a great travel to the Dudhsagar water falls and Castle Rock.

      1. स्वप्नील भदे

        hi, in august 2015 we are planning for dudhsagar from pune. we are planning to go by goa express which will arrive 3.30 am at castle rock station. or another plan is from kulem which arrives at 4.35 am. my question is their food facility on castle rock station or kulem?

        1. Chetan Karkhanis

          Hello Swapnil

          Wish you a great travel to the Dudhsagar waterfalls. There is probably a canteen at the Kulem railway station. However it doesnt open early in the morning. More food options are available only at Madgaon on the Goa side of the Braganza ghat. We recommend carrying food supplies from there on the way to the Dudhsagar waterfalls and not relying on food options on the way.

  29. Arun Kumar

    hi sandeepachetan nice blog got lot of informations about dudhsagar falls …. but i ve question that which station is nearer to falls whether castlerock or kulem and whether kulem and castlerock are in the same railway route…. pls let me as soon as possible coz am travelling on 21st june …. also i wanna know is it safe for couples

    1. T Ahamed

      I have recently visited this place couple of days back. Yes only option returning back to kulem is by goods train or daily @ 12:30 Noon, there is a train(KACHEGUDA-VASCO exp) towards goa which is an only option to reach kullem or any other goods train by luck. Kulem is 9kms from this waterfalls.

      Strict Note:- Do not plan to visit water falls below(Located in National Park) from trekking route, as it is stricly prohibited for visitors coming from train track and biggest problem no vehicle is allowed or will take you back to kulem by safari(Jeep) and also these visitors cannot enter the waterfalls without lifejacket provided at the time of entry to park).

      TRAIN Route TREK: KULEM – DUDHSAGAR – KULEM STATION (Only return is possible to Kulem by goods train or walking 9kms)
      JEEP Trek(Forest Route) – Strictly take the Govt oragnised 2400/Vehicle(6persons max in vehicle)

      For couples: It is good if they want take the trekking route to waterfalls by earliest in morning and return by 12:30 noon train as mentioned in my comment. – In Monsoons trek route crowd is not much, best is to prefer safari trek .

  30. parag

    hi, thanks for all info, 1 small question,…does the dudh sagar fall, lie on way from kulem to castle rock? or vice versa?? if yes, which station is shortest from falls?

  31. Avaneesh

    Hi Nice blog and mind blowing clicks! Is it any way possible to reach the top of this Dudh Sagar falls?

  32. Babu

    Awesome Place….. Sandeepa, We wish to make a trip to the falls along with my teenaged son! I have heaed abt the railtrack treks at the place. Pl guide me as to the best month during the monsoon to make the same, the probable duration, cost that would be involved and also any other adventure camps there.. Thanks.

    BTW Your pics.and travel blogs are simply great! There is so much to see at our own country!!! A dream for many and a reality for only a privileged few!! Hats off to you!
    Regards – Babu.

  33. Juhi

    Hi Sandeepa!
    Beautifully written blog!
    I was hoping you could help me out with some things though.
    We are a group of nine wanting to visit Dudhsagar falls from goa. I really liked the idea of walking to the falls on the railway tracks. So, for doing that I should I get off at Sonaulim? and then walk ahead? How long do you expect that would take?
    And then from here, is Castle rock a walkable distance or we have to take a train?
    and what do you suggest is better? Going to falls through the tracks? or visiting the wildlife sanctuary and going to the bottom of the falls?

    Thank you so much =D

    1. Prasanna

      Hello, Really a beautiful and wonderful information for a Doodhsagar trip. I have not visited this place and willing to go so can you suggest me the best time to visit Doodhsagar?

      My place is Chikmagalur and own a homestay in Chikmagalur

      1. Chetan Karkhanis

        Hello Prasanna, monsoon is the best time to see the Dudhsagar waterfalls in full flow. However, the forest drive through the Bhagwan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary to the foot of the waterfalls is closed in the monsoon. A summer visit through the forest will be exciting though much of the cascading water of the Dudhsagar waterfalls would have dried down.

  34. Dean

    Hi Sandeepa and Chetan,
    Read your interesting blog. I would like to know please, what were the stay charges like, incl taxes and overheads. Just so that i can plan a trip with my family from Bangalore to the falls.
    Thank you in advance for your kind response!
    Regards,
    Dean.

  35. Bhavani

    Hey!! Me and my friends are planning a trip to Doodhsagar.. But one of my friend got an information that they are not allowing us to camp at doodhsagar falls.. Is that true?? Can I get any website/contact details wherein we can contact and then go??

    1. sandeepachetan

      Hello Bhavani, thanks for writing to us. We do not have information about this update. When we were there, we had seen a group pitch its tent near the waterfalls. However, we do not know if they stayed there. You can try to contact the Goa forest department for more information since the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary of which Dudhsagar waterfalls are a part comes under that department. If we get any information on this, we will get in touch with you. Have a great trip! Happy travels!

    2. pinesh jain

      Hi sandeep, v r planning truck on railway line to dudhsagar from castel rock railway station. I want to know how many tunnels v will get. Is it safe for truking. How many KM i have to truck.
      From: Pinesh jain
      Email: manishapinu@gmail.com

  36. Sarita Banerjee

    Yep, I totally agree with you. We recently got a chance to see Castle Rock and it was an amazing experience. If somebody goes to Dudhsagar waterfalls, I would definitely recommend them to check out the beautiful Castle Rock. Thank you for sharing this blog, Sandeepa and Chetan. I really enjoyed reading this post, It was fun.

  37. Veronique

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and make us discover such breautiful yet unknown places India seems full of. Wish I could take the first flight to India to follow your tracks. And thanks for the amazing pictures. Kind regards

    1. sandeepachetan

      There really is so much to discover in India, we feel an entire lifetime might not be enough! We hope your wish to visit India becomes a reality sometime soon. Thank you so much for you comment!

        1. sandeepachetan

          Hello Shreya, monsoon is the best time to see the Dudhsagar waterfalls in full flow. However, the forest drive through the Bhagwan Mahaveer wildlife sanctuary to the foot of the waterfalls is closed in the monsoon. A summer visit through the forest will be exciting though much of the cascading water of the Dudhsagar waterfalls would have dried down.

          1. parag

            first thank, for such wonderful anf helpful info….can u pls provide this info as well….i want to know, which is nearest stn..other than kulem or castle rock…anything with 5-10kms? and then walk on tracks?

          2. Sandeepa Chetan Post author

            Hello Parag, if you don’t want to walk all the way, you can get off at Sonalium from where the Dudhsagar waterfalls are a short distance ahead.

          3. parag

            Hello, Thanks again, infact i would be coming from Hyd, and not sure whether the train has hault at Sonalium… So i can i get down at Kulem or Castle rock and catch another train to Sonalium? how much km is waterfall from Sonalium?

          4. Chetan Karkhanis

            You can get off at Castle Rock and then get into a goods train leaving from there. It is a very common mode of transport to get to Dudhsagar waterfalls. This goods train always stops at the signal at the Dudhsagar waterfalls.