Dudhsagar is one of the India’s tallest waterfalls having the height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 meters (100 feet). The fall of water from that height creates the illusion of a literally sea of milk falling from the top.  Dudhsagar is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the border of the Indian state of Goa and Karnataka. It is 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Madgaon-Belgaum rail route about 46 km east of Madgaon and 80 km south of Belgaum. This story is written by one of the Survivors Sonia Bharadwaj  

In her story, Ms. Sonia has narrated the epic experiment they (entire group of 25 people) had faced while on their trip to Dudhsagar in Goa. The most horrifying story written by Sonia will make your think twice before you decide to visit this place. Sonia along with the group of 25 people visited this place during her last visit to Goa. Sonia was not alone but she had two of her kids with her who are also the witness to this most horrifying incident. It is the true story of the 25 people who were captured amidst the scary and horrendous shock that took place on their trip to Dudhsagar falls. What is shocking and mind-boggling about this horror story is not only the incident which took place. It is more about how most people turned their backs to other people who were in a desperate need of help and were stuck between the option of either life or death.       

Hi, My name is Sonia Bharadwaj and here I am going to share with you a Life Threatening experience I had on my last visit to the DudhSagar waterfalls in Goa. I seek your patience in reading this long story. It is important that I share every bit of it so that you guys never get trapped in a similar situation.             

Last year on 15th June, I visited Spice garden in Goa along with my friends. On the entrance, there was a sign board “Welcome to Dudhsagar Falls.” At the entrance, there was a restaurant and we were greeted very well. The people manning this place reached out to us and started offering us various packages like Elephant ride. Elephant shower in spice garden or a visit to Dhudhsagar. When we told that our Hotel staff has informed us that Dhudhsagar Waterfall is closed, they said that the Ride in a Jeep is closed but the other entrance is open for which we will have to go by train in order to reach DudhSagar waterfalls.        

DUDHSAGAR WATERFALLS IN GOA (SOURCE)

Since the kids were very excited to see Dhudhsagar waterfall and there were other groups of people who were also visiting the place along with us, we readily agreed. We were asked to leave our belongings in the car and pay 1000 Rs per person. Good sense prevailed that we did not leave anything in the car and agreed to pay only on our return. Till here everything looked normal and part of the process of going to Dhudhsagar waterfall. Guide by the name, Krishna was assigned to us for the full journey of the DudhSagar waterfall.          

We got our first shock when we reached the platform and realized that we had to board Goa Express with our small kids. Krishna assured us that the journey was for 5 minutes only. He assured us that he had tickets for all of us. All of us Boarded the train and again felt comfortable as there were a TT and lot of policemen who looked very friendly to this guide. 5-minute journey as told to us became almost 25 min to 30 min. We were misguided on the time, however since the journey seemed comfortable and kids were enjoying the new experience of traveling by a local train, we kept quiet. DudhSagar waterfalls were nowhere to been.            

Now finally our destination came and we were told that we only have 1 minute to get down. We were 14 people including small kids and another group of college students. Total 25 people had to get down in 1 minute. We were shocked, but we managed as this guide literally pushed all of us out. Our first shock of life was that there was no platform and we were asked to jump on railway tracks. The train was stopped for us only and the TT and Police were also involved, that’s why the stop was only for 1 minute.       

We started yelling at the guide as we were on the railway tracks with dense jungle around us. He calmed us down by saying that the waterfall is only 5 min away and this is the normal and safe route. We followed him as we had no other option. We started following him in the jungle. All of sudden he started running back and said quickly get back as the water levels have increased. When we inquired about the nine college students, he informed us that they managed to walk along the high water flow as they are all adults. Since we had kids with us, we were asked to follow another route. Now, he asked us to walk uphill on the railway tracks for 30 to 40 mins to reach Dudhsagar waterfalls. We all resisted and asked him to take us back. Now to our horror, he informed us that there was no train to go back and we had no other option but reach the waterfalls where his friends are waiting for us in the jeep.              

WATING FOR THE TRAIN TO REACH BACK TO THE HOTEL (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE) SOURCE

We immediately thought of informing police or our Hotel staff, but there were no network Signals. Suddenly we saw those college students running towards us on the railway tracks. They informed us that this guy was not a guide. He had brought us here illegally. Waterfalls were closed by the Forest department and no one was allowed to come to this place in this season due to high water levels and wild animals. The guide had told us that the water levels have increased but the fact was that he had seen the forest officers and ran away leaving these 9 college kids behind.                

We all overpowered this guy and asked him to take us back. He expressed his helplessness by saying that there was no way to get back from here and the station from where we had boarded the train was 8 to 10 km from this place. After waiting helplessly for 1 hour, at 6;30 pm, a Good’s train passed by and saw all 25 of us including the kids. It stopped but the guy refused to take us he feared to lose his job by allowing 25 passengers in the Good’s train. We pleaded that this person has misled us to this place and it is about to get dark, he did not budge. For him, his duty was more important than the life of 25 people. He left us at 6.30 pm with small kids in the middle of “Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary”. With the Sunset, the scary noise of jungle became more prominent. College girls started crying as their parents did not know about their whereabouts and there was no way to inform also.                      

Now the only option left with us was to fight against the situation. We started walking on the railway tracks as animals were less likely to come to the tracks. We used our Mobile phone lights to walk in the dark. None of us were wearing the sports shoes. 6 and 8-year-old kids walked continuously on stones without food and water for 2 hours in the middle of the dark forest. Twice the trains passed through the track, we literally had to jump off the track to save our lives. None of the trains stopped. We had almost walked 6 km on the Railway track when a Good’s train crossed us. God sent Train driver was shocked to see 25 people in the middle of jungle crying for help. Without bothering about his Job, he allowed all of us to board the train. He was shocked that we survived on these railway tracks for 4 hours. He said that daily he crosses this jungle and has seen wild buffalo, snakes and even leopards around these tracks.                    

WE REACHED BACK IN GOODS TRAIN (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE) SOURCE

Finally, we reached the station and to our surprise, the restaurant owner and so called guides had packed their bags and run away. We did not contact police as we realized that Police was also supporting these goons and being the tourist we would have got into the trouble. I salute all the kids of our group for their courage, special thanks to the driver who stopped the train. I have sent this complaint to Goa Tourism Ministry and waiting for their revert. How can someone run an organized crime at a Government run place like Spice Plantation? For all of us, it was like a second birth.

SOURCE: FANTOOSY | IMAGE SOURCE

7 COMMENTS

  1. My family, friends and I have been to Jungle Book and Dudhsagar waterfalls on various occasions and I am shocked to read the allegations made against a professional company after taking an illegal and unauthorised trip without checking the identity of the tout used when Jungle Book has a full fledged office on the premises too. Why didn’t they call ‘Samson’ before going on the trip with an unknown tout?

  2. The major source of income of the government of Goa is Tourism and the Tourism is flourished on the existence of honest environment here.
    If any leg of honesty is fractured, simultaneously the leg of The Tourism would be paralysed.

    The Government of Goa is requested to strengthen the weaken leg of honesty by keeping the above incidents in mind.

    Regards

  3. This is such an adventurous trek, you guys were lucky to get to do it. What you are calling horror is actually adventure.
    Unfortunately it is not allowed anymore due to the dangers involved.

    Next time onwards Please enquire and research before jumping into such trips.

  4. FALSE ALLEGATION

    Please read our Complaint to the Police 👮 which is Self Explanatory & rephrase your beautiful composition by withdrawing you allegation on the involvement of Jungle Book.

    To,
    The Police Inspector,
    Cybercrime Police Station,
    Ribander-Goa.

    To,
    Police Inspector,
    Collem Police Station,
    Collem Dharbandora-Goa.

    Sub: Complaint against False allegation on Social Networking. (Under section 65B of the electronic evidence act.)

    Respected Sir,

    On 09.08.2016 we noticed that one Mrs. Sonia Bhardwaj wrote that one Mr. Krishna and I was involved in the adventure trip to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls. She also implicated me to be hand in glove with the Police and Railway authority.

    As this review on our Facebook account “Junglebookgoa” was a false allegation we replied to her and requested her to remove the review failing which we would file a complaint against her. Noticing that it was her fault she immediately withdrew her review. By this time this review caused a lot of damage to the name and reputation of our property “Jungle Book” which found its way through other social networks such as whatsapp, etc. Copy of her review and our reply enclosed as Annexure 1.

    On the same day that Mrs. Sonia Bhardwaj withdrew her review, her friend / Participant in the same group on the same day one Mrs. Preeti Pahuja added a similar review with some changes and we replied to her justifying ourselves and requested her to withdraw her review in the similar manner as Mrs. Sonia Bhardwaj and we warned her that if she does not withdraw the review we will be left with no other option than to lodge a complaint to the Police to take legal action against her in this regards.

    Both the replies were filed by our staff Mr. Sunil Gaonkar who works in the EDP department and is an expert in computers & internet. Copy of the review and reply is enclosed as Annexure 2.

    I request you that Annexure 1 & 2 should be looked into section 65 B of the Electronic Evidence Act.

    During this time Mr. Joseph Barreto was out of station and returned back into India on 29.08.2016 hence please condole us for the delay in filing this complaint.

    It is now over 73 days that we warned Mrs. Preeti Pahuja to withdraw the false allegation which has resulted in adverse publicity and destruction of our Name and Good will.

    Hence i humbly request you to investigate and file an FIR against Mrs. Preeti Pahuja & Mrs. Sonia Bhardwaj.

    Trust that you will do the needful.

    Yours truly.

    Mr. Joseph Barreto

    https://www.facebook.com/sonia.bhardwaj.5099?fref=ts
    Dear Friends ,
    I am sharing with all of you a Life Threatening experience I recently had at the DudhSagar waterfalls in Goa. Request your patience in reading this long story . It is important that I share every bit of it so that you guys never get trapped in a similar situation .
    On 15th June, I visited Spice garden in Goa along with my friends. On the entrance ,there was a sign board “Jungle Book” and “Welcome to Dudhsagar Falls.” At the entrance, there was a restaurant and we were greeted very well. The people manning this place reached out to us and started offering us various packages like Elephant ride. Elephant shower in spice garden or a visit to Dhudhsagar. When we told that our Hotel staff has informed us that Dhudhsagar Waterfall is closed, they said that the Ride in a Jeep is closed but the other entrance is open for which we will have to go by train in order to reach DudhSagar waterfalls.
    Since the kids were very excited to see Dhudhsagar waterfall and there were other group of people who were also visiting the place along with us, we readily agreed. We were asked to leave our belongings in the car and pay 1000 Rs per person. Good sense prevailed that we did not leave anything in the car and agreed to pay only on our return. Till here everything looked normal and part of the process of going to Dhudhsagar waterfall. Guide by the name, Krishna was assigned to us for the full journey of the DudhSagar waterfall.
    We got our first shock when we reached the platform and realized that we had to board Goa Express with our small kids. Krishna assured us that the journey was for 5 minutes only. He assured us that he had tickets for all of us. All of us Boarded the train and again felt comfortable as there was a TT and lot of police men who looked very friendly to this guide.
    5 minute journey as told to us became almost 25 min to 30 min. We were misguided on the time, however since the journey seemed comfortable and kids were enjoying the new experience of travelling by a local train, we kept quiet. DudhSagar waterfalls were no where to been.
    Now finally our destination came and we were told that we only have 1 minute to get down. We were 14 people including small kids and another group of college students. Total 25 people had to get down in 1 minute. We were shocked, but we managed as this guide literally pushed all of us out .
    Our first shock of life was that there was no platform and we were asked to jump on railway tracks. The train was stopped for us only and the TT and Police was also involved, that’s why the stop was only for 1 minute.
    We started yelling at the guide as we were on the railway tracks with dense jungle around us. He calmed us down by saying that the water fall is only 5 min away and this is the normal and safe route. We followed him as we had no other option. We started following him in the jungle. All of sudden he started running back and said quickly get back as the water levels have increased.
    When we inquired about the nine college students, he informed us that they managed to walk along the high water flow as they are all adults. Since we had kids with us, we were asked to follow another route .
    Now, he asked us to walk uphill on the railway tracks for 30 to 40 mins to reach Dudhsagar waterfalls. We all resisted and asked him to take us back. Now to our horror, he informed us that there was no train to go back and we had no other option but reach the water falls where his friends are waiting for us in the jeep.
    We immediately thought of informing police or our Hotel staff, but there were no network Signals. Suddenly we saw those college students running towards us on the railway tracks. They informed us that this guy was not a guide. He had brought us here illegally. Waterfalls were closed by the Forest department and no one was allowed to come to this place in this season due to high water levels and wild animals. Guide had told us that the water levels have increased but the fact was that he had seen the forest officers and ran away leaving these 9 college kids behind.
    We all overpowered this guy and asked him to take us back. He expressed his helplessness by saying that there was no way to get back from here and the station from where we had boarded the train was 8 to 10 km from this place. After waiting helplessly for 1 hour, at 6;30 pm, a Good’s train passed by and saw all 25 of us including the kids. It stopped but the guy refused to take us he feared losing his job by allowing 25 passengers in the Good’s train.
    We pleaded that this person has misled us to this place and it is about to get dark , he did not budge . For him his duty was more important than life of 25 people . He left us at 6.30 pm with small kids in the middle of “Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary”.
    With the Sunset, the scary noise of jungle became more prominent. College girls started crying as their parents did not know about their whereabouts and there was no way to inform also.
    Now the only option left with us was to fight against the situation. We started walking on the railway tracks as animals were less likely to come to the tracks. We used our Mobile phone lights to walk in the dark. None of us were wearing the sport shoes. 6 and 8 year old kids walked continuously on stones without food and water for 2 hours in the middle of dark forest. Twice the trains passed through the track, we literally had to jump off the track to save our lives. None of the trains stopped. We had almost walked 6 km on the Railway track, when a Good’s train crossed us. God sent Train driver was shocked to see 25 people in the middle of jungle crying for help. Without bothering about his Job, he allowed all of us to board the train. He was shocked that we survived on these railway tracks for 4 hours. He said that daily he crosses this jungle and has seen wild buffalo, snakes and even leopards around these tracks.
    Finally we reached the station and to our surprise the restaurant owner and so called guides had packed their bags and run away. We did not contact police as we realised that Police was also supporting these goons and being the tourist we would have got into the trouble.
    I salute all the kids of our group for their courage, special thanks to the driver who stopped the train.
    I have sent this complaint to Goa Tourism Ministry and waiting for their revert. How can some one run an organised crime at a Government run place like Tropical Spice Plantation.
    For all of us , it was like a second birth.
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    The survivor goes by the name of Sonia Bhardwaj who was amongst the 25 people who were captured amidst the scary and horrendous shock that took place on their trip to Dudhsagar falls. What is shocking and mind-boggling about this horror story is not only the incident which took place. It is more about how most people turned their backs to other people who were in a desperate need of help and were stuck between the option of either life or death.

    https://www.facebook.com/junglebookgoa/ reply

    Dear Sonia Bhardwaj,

    We are shocked to read your story and your allegation to “Jungle Book” involvement with the so called Krishna to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls.

    In the first place “Jungle Book” has no connection or has any interest with Krishna or the over 200 touts who patronise the restaurant. So it’s very wrong on your part to quote us.

    The restaurant sells Food & Beverages only and no activities. Yes the name Jungle book is everywhere even on T shirts in the city Markets. What link does this have to do with ur adventure ???

    You admitted that you were warned by your hotel that the waterfalls were closed. However you came to Collem to try to challenge them by sourcing an illegal way to go to the Dudhsagar waterfalls so do not lie stating that you’ll came to the Spice Garden & then got attracted with Krishna in Jungle Book or the Restaurant to Go to the waterfalls.

    It’s a sad story for the Kidd’s but you and only you have to be blamed as your are an adamant & stubborn adult who foolishly agreed to Krishna.

    We request you to rephrase your long composition by withdraw your allegation about the staff n owner or Jungle Book involvement in your adventure.

    Sunil.

    https://www.facebook.com/junglebookgoa/reviews/
    Preeti Pahuja reviewed Jungle Book Goa – 1 star 23 June •
    It is a place run by touts. On 15th june 2016 we visited them for a spice plantation tour. We were a group of 4 families with children as small as 7 year. Their agents ended up selling us a “doodh sagar waterfall” package. When we said that our hotel guys had told us that the waterfalls are closed they said that the jeeps are not allowed but we can travel through train. It will be a 15 mins journey via train and them a trek of 15 mins. It was all a set up they told us they will get tickets for us and the train will halt there for 2 mins . There were 9 other people with us. We boarded goa express from Kulem station with their guide Krishna. This guy was famously chatting with the railway police in the train so we didnt smell anything fishy. When we deboarded the train he guided us downhill , the group of 9 others was leading with Krishna in the middle then followed by us. Suddenly after 100 meters he told us to take a u-turn as there was a lot of water from the falls and we wont be able to cross it with the kids. Then he started guiding us in the opposite direction deep into the jungle. The group of other 9 people were not to be seen anywhere. When we enquired about them he said they were adults and were able to cross the water. By this time we felt there was something wrong and refused to go any further with him. In the meanwhile we saw those 9 people coming towards us, they told us there were forest rangers who told them that the falls were closed for tourists and we have been misled by the touts. We all got together and told the tout to take us back at once . To our horror he had no means to take us back. He said a goods train is suppose to arrive in an our and then we will have to request it to take us back. It was a no network area were not able to get in touch with anyoneAfter waiting for an hour in the middle of nowhere finally the goods train arrived but refused to let us board. It was already 6:30pm by now and was getting dark. We realised that there was no other means so we started walking back. We along with small kids walked in pitch dark for more than 2 hrs. We had been without food and water for nearly 5 hours now. At around 9 pm a train engine passing by spotted us and rescued us. The driver told us that it was very dangerous to be on these tracks at this hour as it was a wild life sanctuary and animals like wild boars , wild dogs , leopards and snakes could have attacked us . By the time we reached Jungle book ….all of the people there had packed and left ….there was no one there. We took our vehicles and travelled back. By the time we reached our hotel it was 1:00 am. I will never suggest anyone to go to this place. Next morning when we called Mr SAMSON telling him about the life threatning ordeal we went through last night ,he instead of assuring us to look into the matter and take necessary action started blaming us. WE ARE GLAD TO BE ALIVE. I am sharing this so that no one ever has to go through this again

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    Jungle Book Goa Dear Preeti Pahuja,

    Kindly read the reply to the comments of Sonia who was one of your group member & understood the situation & deleted her comments.

    You did communicate with our staff Samson & booked only the Elephant activities. He warned you that you cannot go to the waterfalls.

    But you clearly state that you meet up with the so called Tout “Krishna” and you engaged his services to take you to the Dudhsagar Waterfalls.

    In the first place “Jungle Book” has no connection or any interest with the so called guide “Krishna” that you supposedly engaged or the over 200 touts who hang around on the road & at times patronize the restaurant.

    The restaurant sells Food & Beverages only and no activities. Yes the name Jungle book is everywhere, even on T-shirts sold in the city markets; so it is very wrong on your part to quote us just because our name is everywhere.

    What link does this have to do with your adventure?

    The supposed guide “Krishna” that you engaged is not an employee of “Jungle Book”.

    We request you withdrawing your allegation stating that Krishna is the staff of Jungle Book & we were involvement in your adventure.

    Failure to which we will be compelled to take legal action against your statement.

    Sunil.

    • In your comment you say you don’t sell activities but on your Facebook page everyone seems to think you for it.
      This seems fishy. Care to elaborate

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