Friday, February 9, 2018

Dudhsagar waterfall, Goa

I always wanted visit Dudhsagar (Milk Sea) but never made it except this time which was purely unplanned (We came here, Collem, for some other reason)

Collem is  about 75 KMs from Panaji and takes about 1hr 20min to reach by car via Ponda.
We left Panaji at 07:30 and arrived at Collem Dudhsagar Ticket booking office at 08:50hrs.
Again, we left at 16:00hrs and back at Panaji at 17:20hrs.

Like some places have share a taxi, here we have share a jeep, 7 passengers per jeep.
Fare is Rs. 400 per person, plus Compulsory renting / hiring of life jackets Rs.30 and Forest Department entry ticket Rs.50 per person (Still camera, Video camera etc extra - see tariff board pic).
So, it Rs.480 per person.


Another short video 2 mins
Dudhsagar Trains

There are about 431 jeeps but recently the Forest Dept put some restrictions limiting number of jeeps plying to Dudhsager to 225 per day.  This could also mean all may not may not get tickets.
It is advisable to visit Wednesday/Thursday where the rush is comparatively low (acc to our  jeep driver advice). CM Parrikar recently said that ticket booking would be done online only so that only those with tickets can come (as sometimes tourists go back without visiting the waterfall due to non availability of tickets)

We were lucky, we got tickets,  I was in the Q for about 15 mins at around  12:10.  After buying ticket, you go to another counter for life-jackets. Our Jeep left around  12:20 and soon after crossing the stream (River) we reach at Forest Gate at 12.25 where we paid for the entry ticket 50 and camera Rs.30 (video camera 150), our driver did the job of buying tickets for us etc.
Although we paid cash at 3 different counters i.e. per head  Rs. 400 +30+50 none gave us a receipt.

The distance from Collem to the Dudhsagar fall is about 12 kms through bumpy road (full of potholes throughout) and our jeep was like ship sailing in the rough sea (Ride may not be suitable for older people).  The ride takes about 45 minutes each way at about 20km/h speed limit.
We arrived at 13.07 from where there is about 10 minutes Sloppy/rocky walk  to the base of the waterfall.

You are given 1.5hrs time to spend or  return back to the jeep, our time was 14:40.
Walking though the streams (temporary bridges) and rocks, again may not be suitable for older people.

One can see the waterfall from 4 different locations viz 1. 5 minutes before arrival (from your  jeep window, pic), 2.  at the arrival point by going up on the watch tower (pic), 3  while walking to the main/base and 4 is the base  where one can view it completely  from top (peak) to the base where many seen bathing within the bathing zone. Drishti Lifeguards also spotted.
Also spotted many monkeys (Hetim) where they even come close to you and may even steal or run away with your bags.

We also spotted people on the top (peak) I guess it falls in the State of Karnataka (Castlerock?) see pic

We were also lucky to have a beautiful view of a passing train, see pics and another train with 3-4 engines only.

We were back at Collem around 15.15 where we had our lunch Fish curry rice thali Rs.70 only cheap and good. See pics 

Collem or Kulem Rly station (SWR) is about 15 minutes walk via platform footbridge see pics and time table.  Sadly, not many trains stop there

We are told, during monsoon, there are motor-bike pilots available to take you to the Dudhsagar fall via Railway tracks charging Rs.1000 per head.

Jeeps or any vehicles do not ply during monsoon say June to Sept/Oct.

We left Collem at 16:00hrs and reached Panaji KTC 17:20hr.

Booking office, counter, jeeps parking etc
You are not actually allowed to approach the counter, some one else  collects the money and does the job for you at the counter (the man seen in the pic, right) who also allocates jeep/driver  to a batch of 7 passengers at a time.

Journey through forest..and waters

Parking area
Watch tower

a temple

At Forest gate

Walking path
View 1
Through jeep window , about 5 minutes before arriving..
View 2
From the watch tower, upon arrival
View 3
within 10 minutes of walking

View 4 - Base

Train view
Engines trains
Top views, peak

Fish curry rice thali  at 'waterfall family restaurant' Collem
Kulem Railways station

Videos coming soon...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Goa Carnival 2018

Goa Carnaval 2018
10 - 13 February 2018

Panjim on 10th February, 4.00 pm onwards, from Science Centre to Hotel Sweamsea
Miramar - Dona Paula Road (Dr. Jack de Sequeira Road)

Margao on 11th February, 4.00 pm onwards
Ponda on 11th February, 4.00 pm onwards, Bhavani Sadan, Kaziwada To Tisk, Ponda.

Vasco on 12th February, 4.00 pm onwards ,  Sant Andrew Church To Vasco railway station.
Curchorem on 12th February, 4.00 pm onwards,  Curchorem Railway Station To Bus Stand.

 Mapusa on 13th February, 4.00 pm onwards   Mapusa Court To Bus Stand.
Morjim on 13th February, 4.00 pm (7pm) onwards , Morjim Church To Vidya Prasarak High School.

Panaji Floats

Video: Panaji Floats 10.2.2018

Panaji long video covering all floats

Video: Traditional Carnaval Khell
Peter de Maina  (see more khell video below)

Video: Morjim Carnival floats

Morjim long Video covering all floats

Morjim Pics
King Momo and his entourage
Miss India
 King Momo Bruno Azaredo and Queen Audrey D'Silva,  Femina Miss India 2017

VVIP Tourism minister, CCP Mayor etc

Goa Police

Lady Liberty

Modified car

RBI, currency

3 kings feast

VVIP lounge

Video: Preparations, new parade route etc

 Carnaval khell moll

khell by Osvy Viegas /Patrick Dourado

Khell by Com. Socorro

Khell by Jose Evon

Khell by Salvador Afonso

Carnival preparations..

New route for Panaji floats parade
Sitting gallery

Miramar Circle

KTC Circle Panaji
New Zuari bridge work in the background

Divya Circle, Ribandar Road

Old route

Food and Cultural Festival
Starts 9th Feb