Plitvice Lakes

If you are Malaysian and have an e-mail account, at some time of other you would probably have received a chain e-mail containing a number of photos of pretty waterfalls, which the e-mail claimed to be from a certain “Sungai Jagung” (Corn River) in the state of Kedah, northern Peninsular Malaysia.

We had to endure two days and two nights cooped up in our rooms in a guesthouse in the village of Grabovac in Croatia, watching re-runs of sitcoms, while waiting for the episode of bad weather to pass. But when the rain finally ceased on the third day, we were finally able to confirm that the e-mail was indeed a hoax. So, ladies and gentlemen, while there is no question that no such river by the name of “Sungai Jagung” exists in Kedah, the waterfalls shown in the e-mail are actually from Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The e-mail in question is still kept carefully in Dylan’s Inbox

Created in 1949, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest park in Croatia. It was also one of the first natural areas in the world to be listed as a World Heritage Site, having been inscribed in 1979 in recognition of its “outstanding natural beauty, and the undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action.” It is now a major tourist attraction, as well as an important refuge for plants and animals, including the European brown bear.

It’s a spectacular place, and also interesting from a geological perspective (Google it, we’re not going to get technical today). The lakes are generally divided into two groups: The Lower Lakes and upper Lakes. The Upper Lakes have smaller pools and cascades, with very pretty natural gardens. The Lower Lakes are more spectacular, with limestone gorges rising up around them. Visitors can choose from a number of routes that traverse across and around the 20-odd lakes in the park. The routes, which range from 2 to 6 hours, are very doable, and the park authorities provide bus and ferry services to get around the less scenic areas. We noticed that the majority of the visitors (on the day we were there) were senior citizens.

A waterfall in the Upper Lakes

Although a little bit narrow, the boardwalks are gorgeous and add to the beauty of the lakes

One of the larger waterfalls on the Upper Lakes

These pretty rheophytes grow everywhere in the park

Cascades near the start of the Lower Lakes

Quite a few trees were in bloom


Panoramic view of the Lower Lakes

The tallest waterfall in Croatia, at 78 metres. It’s named “Veliki Slap”

In 2000, Sara envisioned creating this exact boardwalk in Penang, Malaysia, when she was doing her degree in Housing, Building and Planning, without any knowledge of the Plitvice Lakes’ boardwalk.

Zoomed out of the above shot

This post is dedicated to Bob. May he rest in peace.

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19 thoughts on “Plitvice Lakes

  1. Ee Lynn says:

    Oh wow! It exists outside of Snopes! And it’s so breathtakingly beautiful!

  2. Johan Ong says:

    nice! you should get a flickr account and share the rest of your photos if you’ve the time

  3. nos says:

    Oh wow u found it 🙂 Got that email few times but didnt believe the place existed!

  4. hymeir kem says:

    nice photos of a gorgeous place. fyi, there is a place called sg jagong in kedah. its located just outside sg petani. i passed by it yesterday. however, i don’t know if theres a river with the same name although i won’t be surprised. ciao.

  5. Christina says:

    This is on our list of places we will travel to this coming Fall! Love your photos – can’t wait!

  6. Anem says:

    wow! beautiful! its like in a movie set! take care peeps!!

  7. ween says:

    love love love the pics!! i never believed there were in kedah! take care! xoxo

  8. Natalie says:

    What a great park — I’ve heard that it’s a great place for all seasons, too. Thanks for sharing your awesome photos!

    • Thanks. It’s awesome – much prettier than in our photos. We just learnt that a classic German western, Winnetou, was filmed there in 1962. Apparently many German girls during that time fell in love with the lead character, and so Plitvice has since been popular among German tourists.

  9. dont think you still needa see the waterfalls at basor..
    you took all the pictures? damn nice !!!

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