On my last day in Goa, I made a plan to travel to Dudhsagar waterfalls which was just over 90km drive. The waterfall is located in Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary within the Western Ghats. This area is rich for birds and wildlife.I had booked a cab a day earlier to travel to this place. We had left early morning by 8am and reached the location by midday. On the way, we had made a quick stop for breakfast somewhere in Panjim. On arriving at the destination, I had to pay the entry fees for the jeep safari which cost Rs.400 as well as camera fees which I think was around Rs.300. The jeep ride was quite bumpy.
The jeep drops us at a location a few hundred meters from the waterfall and from there it is a small walk. The walk is quite scenic with forest all around but the thing is that there is a time limit of 90 minutes. The drop off and pickup point from the entry gate takes around 45 minutes. I personally feel that 90 minutes is too short of a time and I could possibly stay 3 to 4 hours enjoying the ambience of the place.
However on this first visit to this location, I was kind of disappointment mainly for two reasons. The first is there were alot of tourist there that just wanted to take a dip in the pool around the waterfall. This prevented me from taking any long exposure photographs or even capture the beauty of the place without any people in it. The second reason was that there was very little water flowing down the fall so to get some great photos of this place, I would probably recommend visiting in either August or September.
Even though I was not satisfied with my waterfall shots, I got a lot of photos of Bonnet Macaque which are endemic to South India. They have a nice hairstyle. Here are some images of Bonnet Macaques.
In the end, I thought the trip was still worth it and if I do visit here again, this time it would be in the month of September and I will probably trek to and back to the waterfall which would be another adventure in itself. There are a number of homestays or guesthouse located near the waterfall so this would be a good place to stay at if intending to visit this place. In addition, there are a number of other spots one can go to such as Tamdi Surla waterfalls and Devils Canyon. Finally since this is located in the Western Ghats, one can see more birds and wildlife in the monsoon or post monsoon months and for this, it would be a must to take along an experienced guide.