Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Plitvice, Croatia

Turquoise blue lake
After the brief stop in Slunj, we continued our journey to Plitvice Lakes National Park which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. The 300 square kilometers of National Park has 12 upper lakes and 4 lower lakes join together over a distance of 8km. As a group, we from Malezija, vowed to reach the upper lake, Lake Proscansko at 636meter above sea level and 37meter deep.
Fish in crystal clear water

Bought our tickets for Kuna 110 per person and at 9.51am we started our journey from Entrance 2. Seeing Plitvice for the first time just sway me away. I remember the title of a song - Can’t take my eyes off you, Plitvice! On our way, we were walking through natural woodland sprinkled with waterfalls all over. The sound of drizzling water and colors of the surrounding produce a harmonizing lively effects that evoke our emotions.

Shimmering Lake Proscansko
The chain of unbroken waterfalls laced the lakes, connecting each lake with the others. Every corner, every space of Plitvice would give us a different view with the changing colors of the water from bluish to greenish, depending on several factors such as; day light, brightness of the sky and weather.

We chose trail C which was supposed to take us about 4 to 6 hours of walking but in the end we did trail K for 8 hours plus getting lost in the park on the way back. Plitvice trails are not that demanding but you just have to endure the long hours of walking to explore its beauty. Some of the climb made us breathless but worth it. 
Every station we arrived is sign-posted

On that day, we actually walked about 10 km on the wooden planks and climbed narrow trails on higher ground for the best view. We finally did arrive at the shimmering Lake Proscansko, parading the beautiful reflection of the forest on its greenish water. Absolutely awesome! I don’t think my pictures have done justice to Plitvice. Plitvice, I’m lost for words to describe your stunning beauty.

We met Mirano at Entrance 1 and he was smiling broadly, looking at us and our dirty shoes and attires. On our way back to Zagreb, we fell flat on the bus…terribly exhausted with aching feet and legs. The charming Mirano never give up on us as he pointed towards the burial ground of the war’s first casualty, Josip Jovic, the park police officer who was shot by the Serbs. Our concentration was fading but the day in Plitvice is an unforgettable moment in Croatia.

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