Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park in Goa

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park is situated in Sanguem taluk, Goa and is spread over an area of 240 square kilometers. The park shares its eastern border with Karnataka state.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park is divded into two parts as National Highway Number 4A passes through the park. Mormugao – Londa railway line passes through the park area. Dudhsagar Falls, 4 tiered cascading waterfalls, is inside this park. Many temples built during the Kadamba Dynasty are seen inside Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.

Originally known as Mollem Game Sanctuary, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969. Later on, in 1978, a portion of the wildlife sanctuary was declared as Mollem National Park and name was changed to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park.

Tambdi falls inside Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park
Tambdi falls inside the Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary has several perennial water sources. Goa depends on the Mahadayi river for 60 % its water needs. which originates in the border areas of Karnataka and Goa. Tambdi Waterfall is a beautiful fall slightly shorter than the magnificent Dudhsagar Falls is also inside the sanctuary. Tambdi falls is difficult to access as it requires climbing steep rocky path.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna with 722 species of flowering plants. 128 species of endemic plants, endemic to either Western Ghats or to India are seen in this sanctuary. An additional 37 species of Pteridophytes (plants which neither flowers nor have seeds; but reproduce and disperse via spores) are also found in this National Park. Many Mammals, Butterflies, birds and Reptiles are also seen in this park and is home to pristine vegetation like West Coast tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests.

Dhangar, a tribal community of nomadic buffalo herders (mainly seen in Maharastra and Goa), lives in this park.

How Do I Go to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park?

Molem is the nearest town to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park at around 57 kilometers distance from Panaji, capital of Goa state, India.

Dudhsagar Falls – Fifth Tallest Waterfall in India near Goa

Dudhsagar Falls, on the Goa-Karnataka state border, is a 4 tiered cascading waterfall and is one of the most beautiful and powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls looks like milk and hence the name Dudhsagar. ‘Doodh’ in India’s national Language, Hindi, means milk and ‘sagar’ means sea. The falls is also known as doodh sagar.

Dudhsagar Falls on the Goa Karnataka Border
Lower half of Dudhsagar Falls.

Doodh sagar Falls is  at a distance of 60 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa.

Dudhsagar Falls in monsoon season, is one of the most beautiful and powerful falls in India. It is India’s fifth tallest waterfall with a height of 310 meters (and 227th in the world). Water on the fall transverses more than a thousand feet thus making it one of the most beautiful natural scenery in India.

Trekking is one of the most famous activity here. There are many routes available for trekking .

How Do I Go to Dudhsagar Falls?

Dudhsagar Water Falls is situated at a distance of 60 kilometers from the capital of Goa, Panaji. NH4A connects Tourist Paradise of Goa to Dudhsagar waterfall.

Trains from Madgaon railway junction or Londa railway junction are the EASIEST access points (being major stations) to Doodh Sagar Falls. Castle Rock station or Collem stations are the NEAREST ones where some of the long distance trains stops officially.

There is a railway station named ‘Dudhsagar Falls’, where ALL TRAINS STOPS (including good trains); WHILE GOING TOWARDS MADAGON, to check the braking system, AS IT IS STEEP WHEN GOING DOWN. No train tickets are issued to this station as there is no official stop for trains at ‘Dudhsagar Falls’ station. The next railway station after this station where trains officially stop is is Collem Alias Kuhlem on Madgaon-Londa track, 13 kilometers from the Dudhsagar Falls.)

The best form of transport to the falls from the city is Jeep or a Four wheel drive vehicle as the streams criss-crosses the roads at some points during the journey. About one kilometer away from the falls, one has to park the vehicle and go on a Dudhsagar falls trekking inside the forests to reach the falls.