Wednesday 1 January 2020

Balkan Travel Part 17: [Croatia] Plitvice National Park Photo Gallery

Plitvice National Park which has been enlisted a UNESCO World herutage Site is the oldest and largest park in the Republic of Croatia. Located in the mountainous part of Croatia and nestled between two mountain ranges, this 74000 acre park features a series of lakes, waterfalls and cascades of exceptional beauty. The most beautiful part of the park are its lakes which are known for their crystal clear water and remarkable colours, ranging from various hues of blue to turquoise, green and grey. These colours are constantly changing too with changing mineral and organism content in the water and the angle of sunlight over it, an interesting phenomenon indeed.

Among all the places I visited during my recent Balkan Travel, Plitvice National Park tops the list of my favourites. I would rate this park as the 'numero uno' attraction not only in Croatia but also among the eight Balkan countries I covered. To me, the park is an epitome of natural beauty and authenticity. It offers dozens of enchanting panoramas and visiting it during autumn seemed like a good thing as the golden foliage enhances the already charming sights. Walking around may be tiring as the park is huge but it was also very therapeutic.

There are several walking trails to choose from ranging from 3.5 km to 18 km. The one I took was not the toughest trail but even that was quite draining. Other than the wooden boardwalks that winds around the lakes, cascades and waterfalls, the park is kept as natural as can be. There are so many mesmerizing vistas, I wish I had the  energy and also more time to visit all of its 16 major lakes and over 90 waterfalls. 

Below are the pictures taken along my trail.

Took a boat and sailed a short stretch of Kozjak Lake (Jezero Kozjak) which is the last and lowest of Upper Lakes, located on an altitude of 534 meters above the sea level. It is also the largest and deepest lake in the park.

 Golden Maple leaves floating on the crystal clear lake waters.

 Wooden boardwalks are built around the trail to facilitate visitors hiking and viewing.

The lakes however make up less than 1% of the park which are mainly covered by a forest vegetation consisting beech, spruce, and fir trees, and a mixture of Alpine and Mediterranean vegetation with a plethora of plant species. 

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