Plitvice Lakes National Park

We took a day tour to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Zagreb. It was a 11 hour day tour including visits to Rastoke (a historical village) and Plitvice Lakes with almost 6 hours exploring the lakes (part of Plitvice National park) and 1 hour at Rastoke. These colorful lakes range from green to light blue to sapphire and turquoise! These lakes are some of the most beautiful on earth rivalled only by the lakes we saw in Canadian rockies and New Zealand!

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park is unique natural forest reserve with around 295 sqkm area with 16 terraced lakes joined by waterfalls. There is boat connecting upper 12 lakes to lower 4 lakes. There are hiking path around the lakes. The water is crystal clear and turquoise colored during clear skies. The process of formation of tufa rock barriers which terraces the lakes is through process of dissolution and sedimentation of limestone which is very rarely occuring natural phenomenon seen in this National Park. The conditions for dissolution of limestone here is ideal hence the the governing officials and guides try to explain tourists not to alter the natural phenomenon.

As the Park is huge we took a guided day tour which made the visit very interesting and easier. We could see people travelling on their own struggling to find the way to different lakes and waterfalls. The whole walking tour around the park was around 8-9 km which we didnt realize as the park had lot of beauty to offer. The colorful lakes, mossy rocky tufa barriers with wonderful waterfalls, butterflies, flowered bushes, wierd shaped mossy trees, mushrooms, lake creatures provides an absolute fun day for any nature lover. The food inside park is not upto par, but given the crowd, and their urge to maintain the nature we definetly could bear the inconvenience. We didn't realize we had walked 9km that day. Very beautiful national park for sure!

Rastoke

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