Goa waterfalls | The best waterfalls to visit in Goa

Apr 30, 2020 | Asia, Global travel, India

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(Last updated on: 29/04/2020)

Goa is one of my favourite travel destinations. From it’s stunning beaches to the fantastic bars and restaurants that surround them, it really is no wonder that Goa is high on many travel bucket lists. And there’s something else to add to the area’s beauty! The many Goa waterfalls are just awe-inspiring. Here are the best ones to visit…

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The best Goa waterfalls

I just LOVE a good waterfall! Whilst there are many wonderful beaches in Goa, no trip is complete without a visit to at least one Goa waterfall. Here are my favourite waterfalls in this beautiful Indian state.

#1 Netravali Waterfall

This Goa waterfall, located in the South Goa, can be found in the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. Also known as the Savari Waterfall, it is one of Goa’s most popular attractions.

Netravali Waterfall is absolutely beautiful!

The waterfall is the perfect spot for bird watching, and of course there is plenty of wildlife to see in the area.

There is a natural fish spa and you are welcome to take a dip here.

The waterfall itself is around 10-15 minutes from the car park by foot; entry fees to the park are 25 INR per person.

Be sure to wear plenty of mosquito repellent!

#2 Kuskem Waterfall

See what the Kuskem waterfall is like in this short video clip.

One of the lesser-known Goa waterfalls, Kuskem is small but stunning.

The milky water becomes practically transparent where it falls at the bottom. You can trek here from Hathipol, and adventure enthusiasts love it.

It is best visited during monsoon season, so be sure to wear practical shoes and watch your step.

The surrounding area is green and lush, and you’ll be able to get some gorgeous waterfall shots here.

This is definitely one of the most natural waterfalls in Goa, and it is rarely crowded!

#3 Dudhsagar Waterfall

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I visited Dudhsagar Waterfall during a girlie holiday to Goa back in 2011

This is definitely the most popular of all of the Goa waterfalls.

It is a four-tiered waterfall, found on the Mandovi River. Dudhsagar is one of India’s tallest waterfalls, at 1017 ft.

Visiting after monsoon season is ideal – any time between October and May is likely to be fantastic.

INTERESTING INFO: the name Dudhsagar translates to sea of milk, alluding to the white spray that the waterfall produces. It also refers to a legend regarding a princess who bathed there daily. A passer-by stopped and the princess poured a jug of milk in front of herself, as if to create a curtain to protect her dignity until the maid could bring her some clothes.

The gate to the area is open from 6.30 am until 5.00 pm. Previous visitors recommend heading there early as it will be quieter and you’ll have more time to explore the falls without oppressive heat.

It costs 400 INR to visit the Dudhsagar Waterfall in a jeep safari. 

#4 Sada Falls

In Chorla, not far from Goa-Charnatka border, you’ll find one of the must-see Goa waterfalls- Sada Falls.

Sada Falls can be reached after a tough walk. But it’s worth it for the ambience here; as waterfalls go, it’s one of the most peaceful and serene. Decent shoes are an essential!

It isn’t for the faint hearted but if your fitness levels are up for it and you like a bit of adventure on your travels, then this is makes for a great day out during your trip to Goa.

The water falls between two hills and has been created over centuries – it’s breathtaking.

#5 Amboli Waterfall

A truly impressive waterfall by anyone’s standards, Amboli Waterfall is one that should definitely be on your list.

You can park here, or there is a bus stop around 3 km away from the waterfall itself should you not wish to hire a car/driver in Goa.

With clear and cold water to bathe in, and steps to climb under the spray of the waterfall, you should absolutely pack a towel and potentially a change of clothes when visiting the Amboli Waterfall.

The water falls fast and it is just beautiful here.

There are food trucks should you wish to get something to eat while you’re visiting this popular waterfall.

GOOD TO KNOW: there is a 10 INR fee if you want to climb the steps at Amboli Waterfall, which is definitely worth it…

#6 Tilari Waterfalls

The Tilari Waterfalls are three gorgeous waterfalls.

Near to Belgaum, it is quite a drive from Goa itself but this is still hailed as one of the best Goa waterfalls.

Best views from Swapnavel Point, the falls can get quite busy. If possible, visit quite early!

The atmosphere is almost magical here; there is so much green forestry, and it hasn’t been particularly adapted for tourists. So be careful if you do visit, and be sure to take some water with you so you can stay hydrated.

If you’re driving through Goa then visiting the gorgeous Tailor Waterfalls is a must.

#7 Anashi Waterfall

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Anashi Waterfall, Goa

While not particularly big, Anashi Waterfall is one of the best Goa waterfalls.

Located amongst dense greenery, the waterfall attracts plenty of wildlife – perfect for nature lovers to discover and enjoy.

Visit during the day and, if you can, at monsoon season, when the water is at full flow.

It gets busy here because it is a popular attraction, but if you get there early enough you might get the chance to see it at its quietest.

Often described as majestic, Anashi Waterfall is a great option if you’re looking for waterfalls in and around Goa.

How to reach the Goa waterfalls

The Goa waterfalls listed above are scattered throughout the state of Goa- I have added these to the map below for you so that you can see where they are in relation to where you are travelling.

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Locations of the best Goa waterfalls

Chances are that you are staying on or near to the beach when visiting Goa. This means that it is a bit of a drive to visit any of these Goa waterfalls.

Don’t be put off though! There are many taxi drivers that will be happy to drive you to the Goa waterfalls and the price is generally pretty reasonable. This is India though- so remember that you will likely need to haggle to get a good deal.

Sometimes you can combine a trip to one of the Goa waterfalls with a visit to another attraction, this will depend on where you are travelling from. Ask your taxi driver or the hotel staff- the locals know best!

Public transport isn’t really an option when visiting the Goa waterfalls. This is because they are located in jungle/rural areas that is largely inaccessible unless you have your own private transportation.

Tips for visiting the Goa waterfalls

It is always worth keeping an eye on the weather when thinking about visiting waterfalls in Goa. Monsoon season, or just after, tends to be the best time of year to visit.

Some waterfalls have entry fees year-round, some at particular times of the year and some not at all – it is worth asking at your accommodation, as they are likely to know whether it’s worthwhile visiting a particular waterfall during your stay and whether or not you’ll have to pay.

Remember to wear sensible shoes! In order to each these waterfalls you will likely need to walk over uneven ground and some require quite. alike to reach. Whilst this adds to the adventure, you don’t want blisters at the end of the day!

There are so many waterfalls in Goa, and in the surrounding areas. It is a country full of beautiful nature, stunning scenery and lovely locals. If it isn’t on your list already, then make sure you think about planning a trip to Goa.

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