Located on the Mandovi River in Goa, Dudhsagar Falls is a waterfall that came recommended to us from our driver when I asked him the question; Can we see Monkeys today, please? If you’ve read my blog on Bali, you know that I do love a monkey
Without hesitating, our driver started up the engine and took as off to Dudhsagar Falls, which was about a two and half hour drive from where we were staying near Baga Beach. Our driver only took us so far, and after several hours driving he stopped and handed us over to someone with a 4×4 – apparently, the road was about to get quite bumpy so it needed a specialist vehicle. Exciting!
We handed over some money to some guy, and along with groups of other people in simial 4×4’s we headed off down some tracks. To be honest, it didn’t seem too bumpy to me and I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about.
After a short while, we came to a river and every car had to drive through it. I’d seen this type of maneuver on Top Gear loads of times, so I wasn’t worried.
And sure, enough getting through was no problem
Once across the river things got a bit more Tree’y, for want of a better word. We were gaining altitude and nature was taking over. All very pleasant.
Apart from the bumps which had finally arrived. Somehow my traveling buddy for the trip (ex-girlfriend) managed to capture this glorious shot… Owch.
Anyway, the drive went on and on, but the higher we got the better the views got. It was really quite spectacular.
Especially when the waterfalls came into sight for the first time. Beautiful.
Eventually, we reached the drop off point, base camp if you like, and it was time to make the final push for the falls on feet. This is where you got the first clue that monkeys were about.
Despite clear instructions by the sign above, not 2 meters away there was a group of people selling bags of food to feed the monkeys and our guides encouraged us to stock up on grub s the monkeys love it. Now, usually I’m not one to break a law, but everyone else was buying food and I love monkeys, so I dived in. I will take whatever punishment might come my way.
From this point, you continue to walk up through the forest with great views of the waterfalls. It’s an enchanting place.
As you’re walking up to the falls you start to meet the monkeys. Generally, they were very friendly and clearly used to humans being around. Astonishingly they were also quite familiar with what items were in the bags. This little chap below walked straight up to me and started to remove the things he didn’t want before he run off with the bag never to be seen again. The greedy shit.
I learned my lessons and didn’t walk around brazenly showing off my goods and kept the other bags I’d bought in my rucksack.
Don’t get me wrong, I know it was against the law according to the sign, and probably not good for the monkeys to eat so much, but it was an amazing experience getting so up close and personal with these little chaps in their natural habitat.
After feeding the guys and girls for a bit, we headed to the waterfalls for a well-deserved dip. Being the clumsy twat that I am, I slipped as soon as I got in and banged up my foot real good.
Once I’d gotten over the shock, I had a nice swim and so did the travel companion.
The water was very clean and fresh, and a perfect temperature to counteract the heat of the day.
We spent an hour or so swimming around, and then climbed out and dried off in the sun whilst trying not to think about my butchered foot.
And before we left there was an opportunity to spend some more time with the little chappies