On Friday, April 18, Day 4 in our trip to Goa, we decided to go to Ponda and visit the Dhudshagar Falls as well as the tropical Spice Plantation.
Dudhsagar Falls is a tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa on Goa’s border with Karnataka state.
Before reaching the falls, we stopped for an elephant ride. and that was a funny ride!
We then continued our journey to reach the Dudhsagar falls.
Etymolgy and Legend
As the cascading waters appear white like milk, the waterfall is called , Doodh being the Hindi word for milk.
Legend has it that a beautiful princess lived in the forest (near present day Dudhsagar Falls) in a palace. She loved and enjoyed bathing in a lake nearby and used to drink “sweetened milk” from her “golden jug” after finishing with her bath. One day while enjoying her jug of milk she found herself being watched by a prince, who was standing amongst the trees. Red with embarrassment at her inadequate bathing attire, she poured the jug of milk in front of him to form an improvised curtain to hide her body and that’s how the Dudhsagar Falls came to be. (Wikipedia,Dudhsagar Falls)
When we reached the falls, there were several 4X4s waiting to pick up tourists, we bought entrance tickets, we were forced to rent life jackets that we never used, then we took a car and drove to the falls.
On our way, the car driver asked us if we would like to see the Devil’s canyon a very nice canyon before the falls, we were excited about the news, then demotivated to hear that he needs to get paid extra! What a rip off!
Since we are not in Goa every day, we decided to pay extra and see the devil’s Canyon.
After a long 30minutes drive in the back of a 4X4, and after almost throwing up, we made it to the falls. We then learnt that we need to walk around 15minutes to reach the falls, which we gladly did.
Our first welcome was from a romantic monkey couple who were sharing some love!
It was very weird being around monkeys, especially that they weren’t afraid from people and just stayed there looking. There was this one monkey who just didn’t seem to like Fady, so we walked calmly preventing any monkey vs. man clashes!
We saw several monkey families that were just living happily ever after!
And finally, we found the light at the end of the tunnel… the Dudhsagar Falls!
We could swim around the fall if we want to, thats why we were forced to rent life jackets, yet we didn’t use them.
And at the end of our long survey, a monkey decided to pay us a visit!
This monkey seemed to have liked us!
We continued our day and went to the Tropical Spice plantation and it was the best thing we experienced in Goa, India.