Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

So I was headed towards Croatia on my Euro holiday. The destinition was Zagreb , the capital city of Croatia. Unlike the seamless crossing into different countries in Europe with the Shenzen Visa, I was surprised when at the Croatian border my visa went under the scanner. The reason for this was that Croatia at that time was not a part of European Union (Croatia became the 28th country to join the European Union in July 2013).

Honestly, I was unimpressed with Zagreb. Having already travelled to more economically well to do countries in Europe,  I had seen plush cities. Zagreb in comparison didn't have anything impressive to offer or so I felt.

However, after a tour around the capital,  I headed towards the outskirts of the city. I was pleasantly surprised to see that only at a short distance away (2 hours by road) from the capital city an exquisitely beautiful national park was nestled in the woods.

Plitvice National park is situated close to the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina and is a UNESCO World heritage site.




What's sets this national park aside are the 16 beautiful lakes nestled in the park. The lakes are arranged in cascades and are formed by confluence of numerous small little rivers .

Plitvice is the oldest national park in South East Europe.The lakes are known for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.






A beautiful cobbled stoned path has been built all along the banks of the lakes , making it easy to access these exotic water bodies.


 Number of lodges /hotels offer accomodation around this area and the lakes are just a few minutes trek down from these places.

The serenity of the place and the beauty of the lakes is just larger than  life and it's a humbling experience to be amongst such abundance of natural beauty.

And finally a happy feet photo to end my write up :)

21 comments:

A LIFE TRAVELER said...

Good photos!! Felt like those are similar in nepal. but yeah, it's in croatia , wow!!

kristine said...

Amazing pictures! so serene i hope i get to be there in the future :( for now youre blog post will do :) thanks -kaycee

fyhmd said...

Do you mean you are blogging about your travels a year or more after they happened? Wow that is impressive. I have past trips that are waiting to be blogged about, but it is so difficult when the momentum has passed.

Mia Foo said...

wow, the photos are amazing! makes me wanna visit this place too!

Franc said...

I like the lake view and natural attractions in this park. It looks refreshing and amazing.

Vanessa said...

Croatia does have marvelous landscapes and amazing scenery. Nature seems intact by the human touch there. A feeling of freedom and composure!

Sin Yee said...

This place is relaxing I guess. Love to keep myself close with nature.

Michelle said...

The park looking great.I often love to visit such park to taste the beauty of nature.

Hanniz Envato said...

Love national parks and lakes! Your photos make the place look so inviting! How much is an average meal in Croatia? How do you communicate?

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

Hope to hear more about the lodging and accommodation for the plae! Is it safe for solo travelling?

Jason P. said...

I seriously can't imagine how amazing it must have been to see those sights in person! I probably would've went crazy with my camera!! Croatia is so beautiful! :D

Asti Astii said...

I just envy with Croatia National Park.. It looks so amazing and I believe yes it is!! It's so different with my national park in my country, dirty, smell, rubbish everywhere, and unuseful. Great post!! Love this park!

Bisma Rauf said...

Nice pics :)

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Fernando Lachica said...

Amazing place with awesome pictures. Glad you liked this place while for us, it's just for the pictures.

Nicol said...

absolutely beautiful! croatia is on my to visit list

Karen said...

With all that natural beauty, I am loving to visit Croatia. Maybe next summer?

Manu Kalia said...

Croatia is one of the anticipated place to visit this year. Wish I can visit it

Phylicia Marie Pineda said...

The park looks breathtaking! I hope I could visit there someday. Glad you found it after getting disappointed with the city.

HarmonySweetpea said...

How lovely it all looks. I hope to get there one day. On the very long list of places to see.

Kylie wenn said...

Lovely greenery! I'd really like to go there someday! Especially after seeing the crystal clear water!

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