The mighty Dudhsagar Waterfall, one of the tallest waterfalls in India. Everyone wants to visit this place, especially after the famous Chennai Express Movie. If you have been to this waterfall a few years ago, still you need to know that things have changed a lot here. The increasing number of tourists has made this a very popular tourist destination.
I also have another article about Dudhsagar Waterfalls I went in 2017. If you want to read about the journey, here is the link.
This article is about the things you need to know about Dudhsagar Waterfalls in 2019 and you want to do this trek on your own.
Firstly, talking about the ban.
Yes, this trek is banned during the monsoon season and during the time when the river is at its peak stage. But there is a lot of confusion about this ban going on. I will list down the things which are banned so you won’t get into any troubles. The ban is for the following routes.
1) Earlier people used to trek from Castle rock station till Dudhsagar waterfalls. As of now, this route is officially banned now.
2) Another very popular way was when people used to alight at stations in between Castle rock and Kulem when the train used to stop for a technical halt. This is also banned.
3) Walking on the tracks till the bridge near the waterfall is also not allowed.
Now, Let’s talk about the legal routes.
1) The first official route is to take a jeep safari from Kulem Junction. This route will take you to the base of the waterfall.
2) Another way is to trek from Kulem Junction to the Dudhsagar Falls. This is a simple route, just keep following the tracks.
3) The trekking route is also a little complicated if you follow the jungle route. There is a new rule where you have to take a guide with you if you want to explore the jungle route.
4) Following the tracks till Sonalium and then take a diversion in the forest.
Details about the trek –
To complete the trek, you need to come to Kulem junction as early as possible.
The earliest you can come is at 4:35 a.m. by Pune Express if you are coming from Mumbai/Pune Side.
From Goa side, you can catch the Amravati Express which will drop you in Kulem at 8:28 a.m.
The early you start the trek, the better it would be for you.
After reaching Kulem Junction, all you have to do is follow the tracks back to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. This is a very straight route and the easiest one.
When we went here, I asked the local if we can go on the bridge, he said yes. The flow of the river was not that much and there was no problem for us to go there.
Things you should know about
When you get down at Kulem Junction, no one will give you proper information about this trek. Most of the people you will meet are the guides and they never tell you the exact information. Your best bet would be to either ask a local person who has no relation with these guides and knows about the trek.
Going to the base of the waterfalls has many rules. Life Jackets are compulsory, there is a small entrance fee of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. No Vehicles are allowed past a certain point in Kulem.
The local jeep safari would cost you around Rs.2800 for 8 people.
If you decide to do the trek with a guide, he will also charge you around Rs.300 to Rs.400 including the Life Jackets.
About the guides
As soon as you get down from the train, people will come to you and ask you if you are going to Dudhsagar Waterfalls, and they will even tell you that you need a guide for this trek.
If you want to go through the forest route then only consider taking a guide otherwise it’s just useless to take a guide if you just follow the tracks.
Although don’t risk going there in heavy rainfall, if someone catches you, they may send you back. It is better to either go to the beginning of monsoon or after the monsoon is over.
A Little Incident Which happened with us.
We visited the Dudhsagar Waterfalls and were returning from the journey. We all were very tired and were hoping for a goods train to pass by so we could ask them for a lift. After walking for almost 1 and a half hours, we reached a station called Sonalium and we sat there for a while.
After some time, a goods train came and we got on board. At first, he was not allowing us, we all requested him and later he agreed to take us. Everything was going great. We were very relieved as we didn’t have to walk anymore and the train would leave us directly at Kulem Junction.
Minutes later, a group boarded the train with their guide. They came and started babbling something in South Indian language, not sure which one. We first thought they might be having some conversation among themselves.
Later, a guide goes inside and talk something to the guy who allowed us to board the train. The same guy came out and called us inside. He then started asking for money from all of us. We told him, if he wanted money, he should have told us before boarding the train. Maybe, we could have thought about it or even gave him the money as we were very tired at that time.
We told him that we won’t pay him anything and he can stop the train we all would get down. After a few minutes, he stopped the train and we got down. At that time, it didn’t make any difference because more than half of the distance was covered y the train and we just had to walk for more 10 15 mins to reach Kulem Junction.
Just be careful with such guides, they are crazy people and want money for everything. There are genuine guides in the village, it is better to take them as guides rather than these money eating creatures.
Hope you got a rough idea about the Dudhsagar Waterfalls.
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