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Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa, India, Insider Tips

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Things to Do in Goa: Dudhsagar Waterfalls

These falls, the second tallest in India, really show their stuff during the monsoon season. Some visitors during summer are disappointed but the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary is also quite beautiful in its own right.

Getting to Dudhsagar Waterfalls

The falls are accessible via train, taxi, or organized tour. The train is a great way to see more of Goa and the rail bridge travels right above the top of the falls. Take a taxi in to Colem, and from there you can team up with other tourists going to visit the falls and share the cost of the 45 minute four-wheeler ride. From the taxi drop-off point, the falls are about a five minute walk, the walk will be a bit longer if you stop along the way to feed the monkeys! You will be escorted by a guide up to the falls and there are vendors along the way selling fruits to feed to the monkeys. No transportation is allowed up to the falls themselves, excepting the approved commercial jeeps, and it is not really popular to drive out to the falls using one’s own car. Additionally, a private tour may be overkill as there is a guide to escort you to the falls and the jeep drivers are well versed in the history and importance of the area. Be sure to double up with others when hiring the jeep in order to split the cost!

Swimming

There is a pool directly below the falls that is nice and cool and perfect for swimming. The pool is reached by a quick climb over the rocks and you can swim over to the spot where the falls come down into the pool. Sunbathing on the rocks is also quite popular and there are vendors selling food and drink. Be aware that there is a policy of no plastics in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, and it is important to pick up after yourself. This area is very special with the falls and the monkeys and is a perfect way to spend a warm afternoon. The water does get cold, especially during and after monsoon season, so it may not be suitable for everyone. The falls also create a lot of movement in the pool so this is definitely not a good activity for those that are not strong swimmers. In fact, swimming here is not for anyone that has any physical limitations as you must climb over the rocks in order to reach the pool. Be aware that these rocks are very slippery! Once in the pool and near the falls, there are some underwater rocks to sit upon and relax.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Dudhsagar Waterfalls in Goa, India.

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