Located in the Canacona region of South Goa, Kuskem Waterfalls is one of the most scenic falls in the state. The waterfall lies in the Kuskem village which is located at a distance of 12 km from Hathipal, the entry point of Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary. This makes for a wonderful pit stop while on the way to the sanctuary. It is a monsoon attraction though tourists need to trek a little bit to reach it. The ride to the Kuskem village itself is filled with beautiful sceneries of forests and green fields.
It is 30-meter deep waterfall which makes it a small waterfall but the fact that works in its way are that it is completely natural.
How to Reach:
Thought Kuskem Village is 28 km away from Canacona Bus stand, public transportation to the village is poor. It is better to have a private or rented vehicle. The route up to the Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary is on the National highway and easy to travel. We were able to see the landscape view of the waterfall even before reaching the village. The view filled us with vigor for the 2 km trek ahead through unsafe thick vegetation. There were no sign boards and no way to know the way apart from consultation with the villagers before embarking on our way ahead.
The trek is an easy walk till midway when we reached a slippery path. Since the water flows deep next to the path, it is better to stay cautious. There are few tourists nearby and no help in case of emergencies since phone networks don’t reach the area. Better to walk carefully and take care of belongings as well.
When we heard the sound of falling water and the path got a little rocky, we realized that we had reached our destination. It was a mesmerizing view of the waterfall. The water was white as milk as it slipped between the rocks plunging to the ground.
What to do:
Apart from enjoying the sights and the sound of the roaring waterfall, adventurous spirits can always stand beneath it and get drenched in nature’s gift. We took a couple of pictures and added another memorable experience to our travel memories.
For those wishing to get out of the choking city noise, Kuskem waterfall is the perfect little hideout place. It is a hidden gem that is less known to tourists and thus, one can easily spend a day amidst the greenery and the fall. And once you are done here, Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary is nearby. They have many wild species as well as a beautiful butterfly garden one can visit.
Since there are no boards or signs, it is better to have a talk with the villagers before proceeding. Take their advice before proceeding on foot. Since the area is not covered by cell phone towers, one must be extra-cautious. There are no safety instructions and the area near the falls is slippery. You also need to cross knee-deep water to reach the actual fall. Take all the precautions you can. Further, plan ahead in case you encounter sudden rainfall and take care of your cameras and electronics.
Kuskem waterfall is a wonderful place in South Goa for all nature lovers and once you are done enjoying the fresh water and cool breeze here, you can move further ahead to the Colva beach. This place is a delight for Trekkers, tourists, nature enthusiasts and environmentalists spending their vacation time in Goa. Since it is still mostly an undiscovered spot, you can find solitude here.