11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express Via Belgaum passes through the beautiful Dudh Sagar Waterfalls where you cannot find any of the tourists near the falls as the place has been BANNED FOR TOURISTS by SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAYS after there was untoward incidents took place due of overcrowding of tourists. As there was lack of basic eminities in the station and near the waterfalls, there is no safety to the people and tourists. So the ban is still in force.
Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk ) is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the border of the Indian states of Karnataka and Goa. 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. Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India’s tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m(1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet).
The falls is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park among the Western Ghats. The waterfall forms the border between Karnataka and Goa states. The area is surrounded by a deciduous forests with a rich bio diversity. The falls are not particularly spectacular during the dry season but during the monsoon season however, the falls are fed by rains and form a huge force of water.
The nearest rail station accessible by road to the falls is Castle Rock station. Visitors could get in a train from here and disembark at the Dudhsagar stop. It is to be noted that the Dudhsagar rail stop is not a station where passengers can expect a platform. Passengers and visitors have to climb down the steep ladder of the rail compartment in a short 1-2 minute unscheduled stop. From this rail stop, visitors have to walk about a kilometer on the tracks to arrive at the falls. While the walk itself is something unexpected for a popular tourist destination, there is a 200 m train tunnel that is totally dark which makes the walk a bit tougher. There is no availability of fresh drinking water nor clean rest room facilities anywhere in the vicinity of the falls including at the rail stop. There is absolutely no access to power or cellular signal at this location just as there is no access to road transportation.
Recently Indian Railways has banned people from boarding/deboarding passengers at Dudhsagar railway station
One can reach the Doodhsagar Water falls with the help of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary Taxi near a Goan Village called Molem. This Association will take you through lush green forest and some heavy flowing streams and get back to you same place. Currently this is the only access to the Waterfall. The plus point of going through Association is One can see the full view of Doodhsagar Waterfall were as if you go by Indian Railway you will see half of waterfall view only.
Dudh Sagar is a small station situated in Hubli Division of South Western Railway Zone of Indian Railways which lies between Caranzol and Dudhsagar Waterfalls Railway stations. Dudh Sagar has only 1 Platform and no trains have a scheduled stop at this station. Dudh Sagar is situated in the state of Goa.
11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express is a weekly train which runs between Pune Junction in Maharasthra and Ernakulam Junction (Kochi) in Kerala.
11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express completes 1281 Kms in 32 hours 50 Minutes with an average speed of 39 Km/hr with 31 halts enroute. 11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express has stoppages at
11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express runs through 3 states namely Maharasthra, Goa and Karnataka. 11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express passes through 4 railway zones of Indian Railways namely Central Railways, South Western Railways, Konkan Railways and Southern Railways. 11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express has a total 19 coaches with the composition of 1 2 Tier AC, 2 3 Tier AC, 11 Sleeper, 2 Unreserved General and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches. The Primary maintenance is done at Pune Junction. 11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express has a loco reversal at Londa Junction and Madgaon Junction. 11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express is run and maintained by Pune Division of Central Railways. 11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express has Rake sharing arrangement (RSA) with 22149/22150 Pune Ernakulam Pune Poorna Superfast Express and 11033/11034 Pune Darbhanga Pune Gyan Ganga Express. 11097 Pune Ernakulam Poorna Express leaves Pune Junction on every Saturdays at 23:30 hrs and reaches Ernakulam Junction on every Mondays at 08:20 hrs. *This timings is applicable till 30th of October 2016.