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.
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 here and asked us to leave for Dudhsagar waterfalls!
We followed the tree-lined misty trail and 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.
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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