Monsoon treks are always fun. It might be a big risk to trek in a place where it rains continuously with your Camera, but a trek to Dudhsagar falls was worth the risk. It was almost two months before we came back from our from memorable trek from Everest Base Camp, Nepal. As it was August we decided to do a Monsoon trek and what better place you can go than the famous, mind blowing, gorgeous Dudhsagar falls, which is in the Karnataka-Goa border. Situated just beside the Railway track, this is one of the most beautiful falls belonging to Goa. We got to know that the best time to do this trek was during August- September, with a grey cloud covering the entire sky, rain drizzling all the time, path covered with fog even in the afternoon. These all made us to think that this trek will be an exciting one to do. When something looks exciting, we will never wait. It was time to pack our bags and we were off to Dudhsagar falls.
How we reached there!!!
Before you make a plan for this trek, make sure that you get tickets to Londa Junction. There is Rani Chennamma express at 9.15 PM which reaches Londa by 7.30 am. Also keep in mind that there is no direct bus to Londa Junction. In case you miss this train you have to come to Hubli or Dharwad and from there you have to catch a train to Londa. So to avoid all the complexities in your journey, make sure you get tickets in Rani Chennamma express. After reaching Londa, we had our breakfast in the railway station itself and we had to board one more train which comes around 8.15 am. That train took us to a place called Castle Rock and this was the starting point for the Trek. We alighted there and started our journey towards Dudhsagar falls.
A small description of the path!!!
Nothing great I should say. It was raining heavily all along the trek. We had our rain sheets and it was just a monotonous walk on the tracks. The sound which was coming due to the walk on the stones started irritating each one of us. No great views, no wows, nothing. The only savior were the long tunnels. It was my first experience walking in a pitch dark Railway Tunnel and I enjoyed it to the core. So many goods trains travel along the path and it was fun running for a place to hide ,whenever we heard the blowing whistle from the train. After a monotonous, boring walk for almost five hours, we reached Dudhsagar railway station. We all were tired, not physically by any chance. It was just due to the irritation I guess and we all were like "Why the hell we are doing this Trek???". But what was in store us was !!!!!!!!!!!!!
When is saw Dudhsagar Falls!!!!!
It was a fifteen minutes walk from Dudhsagar railway station to the falls. We had to cross a small tunnel and then came the mesmerizing view of monster, gorgeous, spectacular Dudhsagar falls. Words will never be enough to describe this falls. A falls falling from almost 300 meters and which is the 5th tallest waterfalls in India. It gives us an illusion that milk is falling from 300 meters. I couldn't stop staring at the falls for a long time as soon as I went there. I even forgot that I had an SLR camera at one stage. Even the view is limited, you will enjoy whatever you see. Time passed like a storm and we never bothered to speak to each other for some time. I just sat just opposite to the falls for almost half an hour with my camera without even clicking once. It was time for me to enjoy the simplistic beauty of genius GOD's creation.
Where we camped???
Just opposite to the falls there is a small view point. We just put our tents and we were all set to spend a night in front of Dudhsagar falls.
Anything special to do next day morning???
Yes. A further walk on the tracks will lead us to a perfect view point. It's so perfect that you can see both the top and bottom half of the falls with the Railway Bridge as well. A train moving on the track will be an icing on the cake. Just don't dare to miss this View point by any chance.
How to return???
There are many ways to return to Bangalore from Dudhsagar falls. If you could get the tickets from Londa to Bangalore in some train that should be perfect. In that case you can catch a goods train or some passenger from Dudhsagar railway station to Londa. Then catch your train and reach Bangalore. But unfortunately we didn't get the return tickets to Bangalore. So we booked the tickets in KSRTC Bus from Hubli to Bangalore. We took a train to Collem(Goa state) from Dudhsagar railway station and we took a bus from Collem to Hubli. The frequency of buses from Collem to Hubli is very good. From Hubli, it was normal travel to Bangalore.
What's the Impression???
Wonderful, memorable and eye pleasing trek it was. Other than Dudhsagar falls, the small falls on the way and near the Dudhsagar falls makes this trek more interesting. This trek can be done by everyone and if you have a good Photographer in your group, don't forget to ask him to take a Candid Photograph of yours as soon as you see the Dudhsagar falls. I am sure that photo will be with you for your life time. What are you waiting for??? Go to IRTC and book your tickets to Londa as quickly as possible. You have wasted lots of time reading this. It's now time for you to Watch Dudhsagar falls. Its calling you :) Have a pleasant Trek and a memorable experience too.
As always some memories from the trek. For me Photos are the ones which tells me whether the Trek was memorable or not. Here are few Photos shot during the trek, from my DSLR. Enjoy maaDi.
During the Train Journey
A Smiling Kid
Fast and Furious Journey
One Rainy Morning in Londa Railway Station
Lonely Stranger in Londa Railway Station
Kid Waiting for the Train to Move
On a Foggy Morning, on the way to Dudhsagar Falls
Train Coming out of One of the Tunnels
A Small Falls On the Way
The mesmerizing Dudhsagar Falls
The Perfect View
And Finally The Gang