If someone tells you, “Let’s go on a trek and then say it is a 14 kms trek on the railway track from Castle rock to Dudhsagar and you have to just keep walking (trekking)” what would be your response?
Stupid me, I said yes!!! (Stupid..? you tell me after reading down below).
I have often heard this joke, “Which is the longest Toilet in the world?”
Ans: The train that goes from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. LOL!!
This time it was eight of us who decided to make this trek from Bangalore. With no proper plans(???!!!) we ended up with some coming in train and the others coming by bus with our meeting point being Hubli. After finishing our breakfast, we took our train around 7.30 a.m. in the morning from Hubli to Castle rock. Once we were all seated we started with that one thing we were famous for. Yes! Playing Cards.
castlerock, Dudhsagar trekking
In Castle Rock station
So, Dudhsagar… What is it? Did you see the movie Chennai Express? A scene where Deepika’s father takes her away to his hometown in the middle of the track, with a giant waterfall on the backdrop? Yeah..!! That’s it. The word literally means Sea of Milk. There are several routes to reach our destination. The most famous one is the one that we decided to take.
Dudhsagar trekking, water falls
Falls in full flow
This waterfall is located in the border of Goa-Karnataka border.
The story behind the name in short poetry:
A Princess soft as silk
Was drinking a glass of milk
It was time for her bath
When a man saw her uncouth
It was in bewilder
She pushed the glass to discover
O’ you the mighty falls
May the world fuzz?
Dudhsagar that thrills…
(I can hear you all clapping hands…!! Thank you)
Dark tunnels welcomed us every now and then. We tried not to use torchlights so as to get the feel of darkness. The best part was to be welcomed by waterfalls every now and then. We could not resist ourselves from jumping into it. It was our train in the evening that made us pace fast towards our final reaching point. Braganza ghat was rich with its colorful flora and fauna..(I mean monkeys!!)
Dudhsagar trekking, railway tunnel
Under the tunnel…
The challenging part is to walk inside the tunnels when there is a train passing by. We were once inside a tunnel, the other time on a parallel track and the third time when we were resting that we saw the train pass by us. That was a fantastic experience.
Dudhsagar trekking, water falls
A random waterfall on our way
We had our packed lunch that we got from castle rock and moved towards our final destination. Haah..!! Finally we reached Dudhsagar..
Our train that was scheduled came in very late as usual. The cascading waterfall will live in our memories forever. We took our train to reach Belgaum, the second capital city of Karnataka. Belagavi enjoys rich cultural diversity stemming from its proximity to the states of Maharashtra and Goa. The customs and traditions of Belagavi have been influenced by both the Kannada and Marathi cultures. We reached there in the night for our dinner.
That’s Belgaum Dinner for you… It was truly fantastic..!!
We reached Nagaraj’s house and halted there for night. We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality provided. The next day morning we left off to Amboli falls, Maharashtra after breakfast at his house. (Thanks kanoo..! Oota thumba Chenagide). I made a promise to myself to visit this place sometime and stay for three days, just to relax and enjoy this quite city.
Dudhsagar trekking, Naga House
Amboli hill station (Maharashtra) is a little known coastal highland area, around 70 km from Belagavi, popular during the monsoon season with its thick forests, curving misty ghats and shades of vibrant green. We managed to reach there only to see the falls and take a quick shower. Thanks to the heavy downpour of rain. The mist covered the entire viewpoint. We had lunch and returned with a heart full of memories to share.
Amboli water falls, Dudhsagar trekking
Amboli falls in its glory
Tilak and I decided to come back to Coimbatore via Madgoan, while the remaining crew took its train from Belgaum. Well we took our bus and got dropped in the station, half an hour in advance. “When you are on a railway station platform waiting for the train that is due, and when you come to know that it arrives five hours late, how do you react?” In our case, the train was delayed indefinitely. Another train that goes to Chennai too got cancelled. We gathered people from there and arranged a tempo traveler to reach Mangalore, to find our alternate trains.
The driver asked for money upfront and then later added we cannot carry our liquor bottles due to strict restrictions which we all protested. (Why else would someone go to Goa, if not for cheap Liqour?) We had four wine bottles in our bag. Finally he stopped in the nearby wine shop to get the bottles back for half rate.
Here comes the funny part… We decided not to sell it for half rate. On our way we found poor people, who work hard and don’t have enough money to drink. We found such destitute people and gave them some life .. (I mean bottles). We asked for a smile from them in exchange. They laughed in deed generously. We reached Mangalore 20 mins before our train and reached Coimbatore the next day evening.
This was one wonderful experience I would like to remember forever.