The Western Ghats is one of the largest biodiversity hotsposts on planet Earth. Blessed with dense forests, beautiful rainfall and thundering waterfalls, these forests are home to countless number of plants and animals species. Monsoon in India plays a decisive role in the ecosystem of Indian life history with its effectiveness impacting all the sectors. The western ghats in the monsoon is transformed into a green paradise with life teeming everywhere and the waterfalls in its full glory.
Dudhsagar falls is located in the state of Goa. The Mandovi river transforms into a thundering tiered waterfalls called the Dudhsagar which is the fifth tallest in India and 227th in the world. It is nestled in the deep jungles of Bhagawan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary. We, a group of 9, planned to visit the majestic Dudhsagar falls and what better time than bang in the middle of the monsoon! We set out on the 13th of August, from Bangalore by 1pm Intercity express and we reached Hubli around 9pm. From Hubli we had to catch another train to Castlerock station from where we planned to trek to Dudhsagar covering a distance of 14kms. We finally arrived at CastleRock around 2:45am and already we felt the force of the monsoon rains.
A hell lot of goods trains ply from Goa to Karnataka and Castle Rock is a very important stop over before trains traverse through the Braganza Ghat Section. 2 Train Engines are attached to provide the required push to the enormous load carried by the wagons.
We started the track trek at 6:30am and the CastleRock station was a treat to watch. Surrounded by thick forests on the either side with mist slowly lifting and the intermittent rain, we were exposed to the wondrous transformation of the nature. With several picturesque spots such as the world wells which covered in green vegetation. There was also this hut which was standing atop a raised foundation and was literally surrounded by a sea of green vegetarian. We were all taken aback by the spellbinding beauty and with everyone vying for the camera’s attention we hardly covered any distance in the first hour.
The thought of Dudhsagar propelled us to trek faster and we reached Karanzol after covering a distance of 7 km. Here the idea of trekking the next 7km was vetoed by several of them and to our rescue, a engine had stopped at Karanzol and we immediately planned to hitch a ride.
After a negotiating with the driver the next 30 minutes was a ride worth of lifetime remembrance. There were a total of 11 tunnels until you reach Dudhsagar. We had already passed through 5 tunnels during our trek. It was a ride through lush green forests with cascading streams cutting through rocks and intermittent showers drenching us. The arrival at Dudhsagar was nothing less than princely and we all blazed the last mile which stood between us and the majestic Dudhsagar.
The sight of Dudhsagar floored us all, with her thunderous roar reverberating in the wild Western Ghats! The Sea of Milk as it means held true to it’s fame as the calm Mandovi transformed into a torrential waterfall as it plunged into the depths of the valley. With a number of goods train and engines traversing this path, the Dudhsagar compliments the thunder of the train engines. The sight of Dudhsagar in its full glory coupled with the stunning aura of the Western Ghats during the monsoon is one of my unforgettable memories that I will cherish forever. !!
Photos credits- Srinivas Sri & Pavan Kumar R
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