Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Plitvice Lakes National Park

There are two entrances in the park, the main entrance on Plitvička Jezera and the secondary entrance at Velika Poljana. Buses from Zagreb stop at the main entrance that accomadates souvenir shops, resaurants, etc. Buses from Zadar stop at a wooden bus shelter and a skywalk that leads into the forest where 3 hotels and the secondary entrance of the park is located.

The path from the secondary entrance leads to the largest lake, KoZjak Lake,  and forms a boundary between the upper and lower lakes. The upper lakes are seperated by dolomite barriers, surrounded by dense forests and interlinked by several gushing waterfalls. The lowers lakes were formed by cavities created by the water of the upper lakes. Most of the water comes from the Bijela and Crna rivers and pool in the Proscansko Lake. There are 16 lakes in the park, all connected by well designed wooden walkways and trails.


View Plitvice Lakes National Park in a larger map



Useful info
Bus timetable:
To get in: seach timetable with autobusni kolodvor, the station of the Plitvice Lakes National Park is Plitvička Jezera. Another searchable timetable is Liburnija Zadar, if you are departing from Zadar (Croatian only). There are discrepancies from two search engines, it is highly recommended to re-confirm the bus schedules with the bus stations. To get out: If the bus is not full, it will take on more people. Bus schedules are posted at information stations near both entrances to the park.

Ticket: if you are staying in one of the hotels in the park, buy a one day ticket and have your hotel stamp on it that will give you unlimited access to the park and all transportation in the park during your stay.

There are many routes in the park (maps) and all are well-marked. You can choose one that fits your schedule and an easy way to see all the lakes and waterfalls is to take a shuttle bus to Okrugljak Lake at the top (St4) and then walk down (red line). Take a boat at P2 to P3 (green line) and then red line to St1. Take a shuttle bus back to St2 where the hotels are located. (Google map above)

Plitvice Lakes National Park official website: http://www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/eng/index.php

5 comments:

Traveling Hawk said...

This year, on April, I visited Plitvice for the third time! I have been there in different seasons and, every time, it was great to see those marvelous lakes! I liked your article about the National park. I will put you in my blogroll, as I like how you present the places you saw.

Jess said...

Plitvice Lakes is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its a complex of 16 lakes with mesmerizing waterfalls and deep forest. We went there in October and was delighted with the incredible beauty. We also got chance to see autumn color. we spent entire day in the park exploring the beautiful places and taking pictures.
Lakes in the world

Robert said...

I like your photo presentation of Plitvice lakes and waterfall.It is also my favotite place for taking pictures.

Croatia said...

Breathtaking beauty!! Great pics !! Plitvice lakes are the most visited place in Croatia, surrounded by mountains and it offers a pure beauty of nature. Plitvice lakes are the home to 16 lakes that are popular for their magnificent beauty and distinctive colors which are ranging from azure to green and grey to blue. The most exciting thing about these lakes is that the color of the water bodies is changes with respect to the sunlight and depending upon the constituent minerals.

Anonymous said...

we are thinking of going there this early april - is it a good time to see the beauty of the lakes? I have read some comments which seem to suggest that it rains a lot in April.