Envisage paradise. Plitvice is better than that. I woke up to snow over the grass in the beautiful little town of Korenica where I was staying at the Falling Lakes hostel. This might not sound like the start to an amazing day filled with waterfalls, spring blooms and hiking. Don’t worry, it all added to the atmosphere. I arrived at the entrance to the lake with a bus load of people from the hostel and a few of us decided to see the park together. We entered the park to go to the lower lakes first, though the signs were terrible so we ended up going to the upper lakes first instead.
Picture a waterfall with water falling from every direction and at different speeds. The sound thundering in your ears and your brain relaxed but wondering: how did this wondrous place become like this? Rocks were standing strong where my scientific mind was telling me they should have eroded thousands of years earlier. It was clear that there had been a huge amount of water come through lately which could explain some of the lack of erosion as well as the many bushes immersed under water. The water was so clear that you could see them all clearly regardless as well as the fish who hung around the edges of the pools.
I had to wonder how no one falls in here with the narrow paths and tourists that stop for photo’s. Getting a little deeper in to the park, the tourist bus crowds diminished and we were left with only the sounds of birds and waterfalls. We hiked around the top lake, still laced with snow. We stayed warm by walking, and the sites were too glorious to worry too much about the weather.
On our way to the ferry to go to the lower lakes the weather provided us with a beautiful spectacle: the mist coming across the river as if it was going to swallow us and the boat up. Though adding to the cold of the day it added a nice element which made me feel like our visit was a little different to the thousands that visit this incredible place each year.
A hike down the lower lakes brought us to a huge waterfall which consisted of several different layers of waterfall coming from all directions. It was incredible and so we stood there for about 15 minutes just looking at the water fall and listening to the thundering fall of the water. I took photo’s though they did it no justice and I haven’t found a photo yet which even comes close to the beauty experienced in person. We walked a little longer, through a cave and back to the pickup point for the bus. Unfortunately the huge amount of water had some negative consequences, with many of the paths being flooded and therefore closed. I guess I will have to get back to walk them!