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Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave 

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The River Krka springs in the Krka Cave in the 268 height above see level and then it flows into the river Sava at Brezice. To the spring you can come after the pleasant walk throug the village Gradicek. The Karst spring is under the rock, where is the the entrance to the original Krka Cave. The examination of the cave is possible only with the tourist guide, which will accept you before entering to the cave. The cave is open from April to October. For the public was opened by the Tourist association Krka in the year 1996. The Krka Cave is 200 metres long and wide about 30 metres. The chamber is concluded with the 30 metres long siphon lake. The siphon goes after the 210 metres into the spacious, 60 metres long final cave. The common length of the researched tunnels is about 490 metres. It is the horizontal cave, from which vomits the underworld water only by overflowing. The floors are covered with large boulders and rubble, which are in the eastern part piled up all to the stamp. In the cave is the constant inhabitant the human fish. The Krka Cave was sometimes the shelter for the local people. About that wrote Josip Jurcic in his novel Jurij Kozjak. The first one, who put down the visit of the Krka Cave, was Janez Vajkard Valvasor in the second part of the 17th century. The first plan of the Krka Cave was made in the year 1887 by V. Hrasky. The main entrance was wide open in the year 1937, so that they could made possible the faster outflow of the underworld water and so save the problem with the floods in Radenska field. The cave divers have only in the year 1995 swam across the labyrinth of the underwater tunnels and broke through the final Vrhoved chamber. River Krka is the longest and completely Slovenian river. It has 94 kilometres of surface stream and rainy – snowy regime with the highest water in autumn and the lowest in summer. It’s river basin is extended over the 2284 square kilometres. Krka River is the only tufa producing river. Its water is saturated with the limestone, which from the village Marinca to Otocec eliminates like tufa and forms the characteristic barriers and thresholds. In the past there were numerous mills and saws, but today is prevailing more the recreative and tourist meaning of the river. Particulary is attractive for kayaking and fishing. Because of the pollution waters in the Karst hinterland is the Krka River already by the source ranged to the second quality rank. Its quality goes worse in the middle and lower stream, where is in the second and third rank. Above the village Gradicek is located the Poltarica Cave, the neighbour of the Krka Cave, which was uncovered in the year 2003. The cave is above the source of Poltarica, the first afflux of the Krka River. It is ornamented with many stalactites, curtains, tubes, five siphon lakes, human fishes and rapids. Poltarica Cave is not open for tourists, but you can see it in the attendance of the cavers.


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Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - The Krka Cave - Entrance

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The Krka Cave - Entrance
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Parking place near the source of Poltarica

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Parking place near the source of Poltarica
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Arriving in Gradicek Village

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Arriving in Gradicek Village
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - The Tourist Farm Podrzaj in Gradicek Village

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The Tourist Farm Podrzaj in Gradicek Village
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave

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Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Direction signs for the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave

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Direction signs for the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave

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Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave

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Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave

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Path to the Source of Krka River and the Krka Cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - The Source of Krka River

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The Source of Krka River
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Information board by the Source of Krka River

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Information board by the Source of Krka River
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Steps to the entrance in the cave

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Steps to the entrance in the cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - Entrance in the Krka Cave

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Entrance in the Krka Cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - View of the cave

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View of the cave
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - View of the Krka Village

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View of the Krka Village
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - The Source of Poltarica

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The Source of Poltarica
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - The Source of Poltarica

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The Source of Poltarica
Source of the Krka River - The Krka Cave - The Poltarica Cave

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The Poltarica Cave

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Distances in brackets are approximate air distances. Street distances can be much longer.

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