India is bestowed with abundant natural beauty than man-made wonders. As the monsoon season arrives in India, the sight of dazzling waterfalls attracts tourists the most during this time.The sight of water falling from a great height is bewitching. Their beauty is so enchanting that it leaves everyone amazed. So here I recommend 3 of my favourite waterfalls you should visit this monsoons.
Dudhsagar falls ( Chennai Express Waterfall)
Though Goa only rings a bell for partying and beaches, there is another attraction which will take your breathe away- The amazing Dudhsagar falls (Chennai Express Train Scene Fame) , also known as ocean of milk due to the transformation of the water colour from blue to white as it is crashes to the bottom. The Dudhsagar Falls are located in the eastern border of Goa and Karnataka, 60 Km from Margoa.The fall is the 5th largest in India, measuring 310 meters. The most amazing part – a railway track is built right in the middle of the falls. The falls look magnificent from below and you can also go right up to the falls where the railway track is, but that requires a uphill trek of 15 minutes. The waterfall forms couple of pools also which adds to the scenic beauty midst the Green Jungles of Western Ghats. This waterfall has got immense popularity after Chennai Express movie.
- Best Time To Visit – Peak of the monsoon season when the river is at its highest flow.
- How to Reach – The best way is to go by the train , which takes about 2 hours from Margoa station.You can also go there by road but it may be a little risky during the monsoons because the road becomes inoperable due to water flooding. The Waterfall can be reached both by road and rail. It can be reached by road from Panaji or Madgaon by National Highway NH4A and by train from Madgaon railway junction or Londa railway junction. There is a railway station called Dudhsagar Falls (station code DWF or DDS) where trains stop for a minute or so for technical reason (to test brakes while going downhill) but no tickets are issued to or from this station and it is not a commercial halt for trains. The next railway station is Collem (Kulem) on Madgaon-Castle Rock-Londa track, 13 km from the Falls. The railway route for reaching the falls from Goa is Madgaon-Collem- Dudhsagar Falls. One can reach the falls from Collem railway station by a much shorter 6 km long road. The other route is from Carambolim (Karmali Railway Station of Konkan Railways. The route is Carambolim-Old Goa-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (total 50 km) – Dudhsagar Falls.Ordinary cars are not suitable for the drive to the Falls and within the forest sanctuary. One should use a four-wheel drive vehicle (SUV) as the road is a jungle track that has fast-flowing streams criss-crossing it at several points. The motorable track stops a kilometre before the Falls and one has to walk one kilometre crossing over small paths carved through the rocks at the foot of the Falls.
The Falls can be reached by train from Karnataka state from Londa railway junction on Hubli-Madgaon-Vasco da Gama route. One can get down atCastle Rock station or Collem station and reach the Falls by road. However, one can get down at Dudhsagar Falls railway station itself (station code DWF or DDS) that lies between Castle Rock and Collem and walk the short distance to the falls.
Located in the Dharmapuri district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, this fall is well known for its medicinal baths and hide boat rides. Hogenakkal is located about 750 feet above sea level midst the Melagiri Hills.This fall may not have a majestic height like many other falls in India, but the unique formation is what places it among the best in India. The river has eroded the softer rocks making the waterfall circle and then finally drop into a crevasse before flowing away. The Carbonatite rocks in this area is considered to be the oldest of its kind in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world.
- Best Time To Visit – Soon after the monsoons, when the river is in full spate. The falls look pretty good during winters too, so you may visit it during that time to avoid maddening crowds.
- How To Reach – Easily accessible by road from bangalore which is about 180 km away.
Jog waterfalls is indeed one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country. What makes is magnificent is not only its height of 253 m, but its width and the sheer force with which water falls during late monsoons. The waterfalls is located near Sagara in Karnataka and is a major tourist attraction of the region. The falls are also known by the names Gersoppa falls and Jogada Gundi by the local people. It is the second biggest waterfall in Asia making it a must see.
- Best Time To Visit – Definitely during the monsoons and in winter months. If you plan to visit this place in summers, you would be highly disappointed as the water flow is very minimal.
- How To Reach – You can travel by road from Mangalore which is about 200 kms. The nearest railway station and bus station is 30 kms away at Sagar.
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