If you've watched the SRK-Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express you simply cannot miss the spot where SRK gets down from the train with Deepika, right in front of a majestic waterfall. Ever thought which waterfall is that, and where's it located? Yep, that's the majestic Dudhsagar Waterfalls, and is located right on the Karnataka-Goa border, technically in Goa. So this forms the backdrop of my next adventure this September.
Dudhsagar falls literally means a Sea of Milk. This gorgeous, mammoth of a waterfall is technically India's 4th highest waterfall and is situated within the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, nestled in the Western Ghats. This majestic beauty can be accessed either from Castle Rock (Karnataka) or Kulem (Goa). The Karnataka govt. has banned the trek from Castle Rock side at the moment.
This was on my to-do list ever since I came to know about it. But due to a ban by the railways visiting this splendor was a tricky one. Fortunately, I came across some wonderful like minded folks through Nitish (my trek-mate) doing one such trek to this waterfall. Needless to say, without a second thought I was in for this mystic adventure.
Day 0: The Hustle-Bustle, and the Never Ending Wait
So here I'm, yet again travelling from Mysuru to Bengaluru for a weekend sojourn. My pickup was at Jalahalli cross, and I reached there via metro at 9:45 pm. Problem is the bus that we had booked would show up not before 11 pm, coming all the way from Silk Board, via KR Puram and Hebbal. I had all the time to kill, sitting on the staircase of the metro station.
The bus came soon enough by around 11:30 pm, and once aboard met 33 like minded mates. We were running quite late, and were expected to reach Kulem by around 10 am. It was a long bus ride to Kulem, and good nights sleep was important.
Day 1: One Step at a Time
We reached Dharwad at around 7 in the morn. Checked in at a restaurant to freshen up and for some breakfast. We had to brush up, use the loo, and then breakfast, so quite naturally it took us some time to hit the road. On the move and we soon entered the ghats section. We were slowed down further as a truck had overturned ahead. Driving through some perilous, twisting roads the never ending sight of green canopy all around was an delightful sight.