Update: Every year, the rules about letting people walk through the railway tracks change. Find out the current scenario before you plan to use this route. Even if the railway tracks are off-limits, you can still make an equally adventurous trip to the Dudhsagar waterfalls. Read on, to find out how.
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.
However, the local guys still run a bike service through the forest to take you to the base of the Dudhsagar waterfalls. Here you can actually get into the water and enjoy a leisure swim! You will find these guys at the Kulem railway station, when you start walking to the forest department’s office.
How did we get to the Dudhsagar waterfalls?
Another, more popular approach is to the middle of the Dudhsagar waterfalls, through the railway tracks. We travelled in a passenger train from Madgaon in Goa to Kulem. At Kulem, we boarded a 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 Dudhsagar waterfalls, even from that far across the valley, had hypnotised us.
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 in Castle Rock and asked us to leave for Dudhsagar waterfalls!
We followed the tree-lined misty trail. It eventually led us to the fully functional campsite – that apparently no one knew about!
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.
Trains that go to the Dudhsagar waterfalls
To find out about the trains that go to the Dudhsagar waterfalls either log onto the official Indian Railways reservation website or use this extremely informative website maintained by the fans of the Indian Railways. Dduhsagar waterfalls is not an official station, passenger trains do not halt at the Dudhsagar station.
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.
- Alternatively go ahead up to Castle Rock. From Castle Rock, either walk back to the Dudhsagar waterfalls or get into a goods train. Chances of this train halting at Dudhsagar are higher than the one from Kulem.
- Or take an Indian Railways train like Amravati Express and get off at Sonalium. A couple of kilometres’ 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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