The Plitvice Lakes (Croatian: Plitvička jezera) is a national park in Croatia in the Plitvice Lakes municipality, in the mountainous region of Lika. The park lies in the Plitvice plateau which is surrounded by three mountains part of the Dinaric Alps: Plješevica mountain (Gornja Plješevica peak 1,640 m), Mala Kapela mountain (Seliški Vrh peak at 1,280 m), and Medveđak (884 m).
The national Park is underlain by karstic rock, mainly dolomite and limestone with associated lakes and caves, this has given rise to the most distinctive feature of the lakes.
The lakes are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The encrusted plants and bacteria accumulate on top of each other, forming travertine barriers which grow at the rate of about 1 cm per year.
The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two km², with the water exiting from the lowest lake to form the Korana River.
The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
The Plitvice lakes national park is the Croatia's most recognized natural attraction - and no wonder, since it truly is a natural phenomenon.
Many light-blue lakes and waterfalls combined with white karstic rocks create wonderful and charming area that seems rather to be an output of someone's imagination than a touchable reality.
End of September already brings autumn colours into the area - and with rainy and cloudy weather, the park reminds more of deep north than the Mediterranean.