Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a park which is situated in Croatia, Europe. It is one of the largest and oldest parks of Croatia. It is a really intense place for visitors approximately 1 million visitors travel here each year. As other worthy places, it also takes charges which varies according to seasons. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is worldwide famous for its lakes arranged in series. All the lakes are connected to each other and follow the flow of water. There is two entrance to the park one is for lower lakes and another is for higher lakes.
Summer is the best season to visit there and experience different hues. There are sixteen lakes that are parted into an upper and lower cluster formed by mountains. The local people are really into their tradition and culture. They are very preservative towards their clothing, ancient living style is mirrored in local costumes.
Plitvice National Park was inscribed in 1979 in recognition of its “outstanding natural Beauty” on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. The local population has the high significance of preservation of old tradition and customs. The customs are an important factor of tourism. They wear the ancient style of costumes which shows their tradition.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is known for many different lakes. Each lake has their different stories, some of which are
Scrub Lake (Prošćansko Jezero):
Prošćansko is the highest lake among the lakes of the national park. The length of the lake is 2 km and the color is dark green due to the width and depth. The scrub lake is named as scrub lake cause of the farmers used poles and scrub to build the fences that can establish a limitation between farmlands of a farmer and the lake. There is also a legend over the lake that a queen is emerged through the prayer of farmers for water to help them. It is a belief that other lakes also emerged due to this legend.
Gypsy’s Lake (Ciginovac):
Ciginovac Lake is the second highest lake in the whole lake system of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. As each lake varies a story or legend, This lake is also named as Gypsy’s lake due to the reason of drowning in this lake. according to the legend, a Romani people(gypsy) drowned in this lake.
Round Lake (Okrugljak):
The Okruglijak is the lake which is the third highest lake among the whole series of lakes. It comes from the word Okruglo which means Round. The length of this lake is 260 m.
Batin Lake (Batinovac):
Batinovac Lake is the fourth highest lake among the other lakes which the length of 140 m. It belongs to the group of upper lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. The legend of the lake is that a villager named Batinić used to dwell at this lake.
The other 12 lakes are as follows:-
Large Lake (Veliko jezero):
The Large lake also called Jovanovac Veliki is located 607 meters above the sea level and fifth highest lake in the whole lake system. The lake is named after “Veliki” and “Jovan” which means large.
Small lake (Mal jezero):
The Small lake also known as Jovanovac mali is located 604 meters above the sea level and sixth highest lake in the whole lake system. The lake is named after “mali” and “Jovan” which means large.
Whirlpool is the name originates from water whirling downward in the middle of the lake.
Galov’s Lake (Galovac):
A bandit chief named captain Gal, who defeated the Turks, was shot down at this lake. It could also have been named after a brig and Galović.
Mile’s Lake (Milinovo jezero):
Milinovo lake is named after Mile Marić from Stropina drowned in this lake.
Lake Gradina (Gradinsko Jezero):
Gradinsko lake is named after a building (Croatian gradina) or monastery which had once been situated on the peak between Kozjak lake and this one.
Gush Lakes (Bukovi):
A chain of small shallow lakes separated by travertine barriers and covered by low vegetation. The name comes from agitated water flow in small scars which make noise or “boil”.
Goat Lake (Kozjak):
On the island in the middle of the lake (Stephanie’s Lake) farmers used to protect their goats from wolves. Kozjak name originates from a legend, according to which 30 young goats were running away from wolves during winter. They drowned in the lake as the thin ice layer cracked.
Milan’s Lake (Milanoac):
According to a legend, the Milanoac lake was named after a shepherd called Mile who drowned in it, or after the miller Mile Perišić who owned a mill at the lake.
Gavan’s Lake (Gavanovac):
According to legend, Gavanovac named after the treasure of a man named Gavan (the Gavanovo treasure) lies hidden in this lake.
Monk Lake (Kaluđerovac):
According to reports, a monk or hermit used to live either in Šupljara Cave just next to the water or in Golubnjača Cave at the canyon edge. People used to seek advice from this monk. This lake is also called Hermit lake.
Novaković’s crossing (Novakovića brod):
According to a tale, a hajduk named Novaković was thrown off his horse into this lake. Other reports say that a man named Novaković used to offer boat rides across this lake.
If you want to visit here are some tourist guide or website plan your trip and go to see the beautiful view of mountains and lakes choose according to your budget and preference.