Photo Story: Top sights along the Route E trail of the Plitvice Lakes (Part 1)

Taking a short trek through the Plitvice Lakes is not difficult, as mentioned in the introductory post on the Plitvice Lakes. The signages are clear and there are a variety of trails to choose from, depending on the time you can spare and your fitness levels.

We selected Route E, as we were due to depart for Split at 4.30pm that very afternoon. Route E had an estimated trekking duration of 2 – 3 hours, and it was a comfortable timing, as we started the trek at 9am.

I would recommend Route E if you’re pressed for time, or have a large family to take care of.

Entrance Gate 2

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There were signages conveniently placed at each turn and bend – it was easy to find our way.
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A clear sign that we were in the presence ofnature – a bug on the window sill of the tram.
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From Entrance  Gate 2, we had to take a tram to the start point of Route E.
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The tram can get pretty crowded. Sit on the right if you can. The views are more scenic.
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The tram was able to fit most of the visitors when we were there. No rush!

Start of Route E

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The starting point of Route E and H. Route H is slightly longer and takes two to three hours more.
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I thought there were many visitors, but later learnt that there were more at Entrance Gate 1.

Walking through the Marshes

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When I first walked it, I was in awe of the size of the trees.
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The walking trails were pretty clear, thankfully.
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If you need a break from the hectic chaos of everyday life, this is the place for you.
plitvice lakes walking trails
Route E starts comfortably and passes through the marshes.
plitvice lakes marshes
It looks like a slab of dreary plants on top clear water, but the marshes were pretty cool to me.
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Reflections, and fishes swimming beneath.
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This is quite mind-blowing, one of the top sights along the Route E trail of the Plitvice Lakes.
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Seems like a nice watering hole for monkeys, ducks and all sorts of living organisms to congregate. Humans as well.
Plitvice lakes fallen tree trunk
A fallen tree trunk can rise again.
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Waterfall that drains into the stream below.
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Flooded trails ahead! What they mean to say, is that the path ahead will be submerged in water.
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It’s a nice shady path to walk through, just be mindful of the impending pool of water.
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Moss covered rock of the Plitvice Lakes
plitvice lakes flooded walking trails
As you can see, prepare to get your shoes wet.
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Perspective of a bird perched on a fallen log.
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Waterfalls surround you, near and far.
Plitvice Lakes treetop
A bird’s-eye view: Shrouded by trees, but the lakes still look wonderful.
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I’m sleepy, but in my element.

The Mali Prstavac – 18 metres

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Plitvice Lake – Mali Prstavac – 18m high. One of the best composed shots of a waterfall I have ever taken.
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Mali Prstavac from the higher up- It’s quite a sight to behold.
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The cascading falls of Mali Prstavac. The spray made my lens foggy.
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Like a never-ending shower.

Galovacki Buk – 16 metres

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Walking trail near the Galovacki Buk. Love how the surrounding water is turquoise green.
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Galovacki Buk – 16m high
plitvice lakes fallen trees submerge
This picture looks dull and uninteresting, but there’s some pretty cool ecological processes ongoing.
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Fallen tree submerged in clear blue waters.
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Huge lake within the Plitvice Lakes – that’s where the ferry comes in.
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Ferry to the other side… To Be Continued.

The Travelling Squid’s Take

I found the journey from Entrance 2 to the ferry terminal much more delectable. Reason being, we were closer to nature and there were much lesser people around us. I could literally bend down to touch the foamy waters of the cascading falls. It was quite surreal.

But what made the Plitvice Lakes special for me wasn’t the gushing 18m waterfalls, which were majestic and dignified in their own right. It was the little things. The pale green waters, the fallen tree trunks which lay submerged in their beautiful watery graves. The fishes swimming in the clear pools of water, seemingly oblivious to the intricately inter-connected ecosystem around them. The  bright green mossy patches growing on tree trunks, so small and easily glossed over, but yet crucial to the formation of the waterfalls we saw along the way.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of my journey, as I take the ferry and cross over to the other side.

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