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Raiskoto Praskalo

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Discover the Majestic Paradise Splash Waterfall in Jendema, near Kalofer in Bulgaria, the Highest Permanent Waterfall in the Balkans.

Raiskoto Praskalo Summary

Waterfall Height

124,5 m

Above the Sea

1700 m

Walk

2 h 40 m (one way); 9,5 km (one way)

Kids Friendly

Yes, 12+

The natural beauty of Bulgaria never ceases to amaze foreign tourists, and the Paradise Splash (Raiskoto Praskalo) waterfall is one of the many stunning landmarks the country has to offer. Located at 1700 meters above sea level, in the natural biosphere reserve of Stara Planina – “Jendema”, the Paradise Splash waterfall is magnificent.

The waterfall begins in the “Eternal Spring”, the “snowfield”, under the highest peak of Stara Planina, Botev. The small river “Praskalska” begins its life there, flowing like a clear stream between the stones until it suddenly emerges on the edge of a vast vertical, granite escarpment – “Paradise Rocks”. From here, it makes a big, impressive jump, creating the beautiful Paradise Splash. As the water falls, it splashes into thousands of silver droplets, hitting the bedrock of the granite wall and bouncing off to the side, creating a stunning display of rainbow colors.

The Highest Waterfall in the Balkans

The Paradise Splash waterfall is the highest permanent waterfall in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula, measuring 124,5 meters. It was declared a protected natural site in 1965 and is a popular destination for hiking, rock climbing, ecotourism, paragliding, and all those who love the mountains and fresh mountain air.

The waterfall is situated in the Jendema reserve, which covers the entire watershed of the Byala Reka, the upper course of the Tundzha River, and the gorge of the Tuzha River. It is one of the most inaccessible reserves in Bulgaria, with the fauna of particular value, as the animal world has remained relatively undisturbed due to the reserve’s inaccessibility. The reserve is home to large mammals and birds of prey, including the chamois, golden eagle, and brown bear.

The Raiskoto Praskalo waterfall in Jendema Nature Reserve, Bulgaria, is a breathtaking and must-visit destination for nature lovers. Its height, wild beauty, and stunning display of rainbow colors make it a unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you are a hiker, rock climber, or love the mountains, visiting the Paradise Splash waterfall will highlight any trip to Bulgaria.

Trek Map and the Journey to the Waterfall

How to Get There and Trek Map

The journey to the Paradise Splash waterfall is challenging but worth the effort. The route has a large gradient of over 900 meters, and the terrain can be complex depending on the season, but still possible to return to the starting point – Panicite on the same day. The journey may not be suitable for little ones. The Paradise hut is located at the foot of the waterfall. The cliffs of the waterfall offer a challenge for daring climbers, and its wild beauty is a delight for the eyes of anyone who loves the mountains.

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Water: There are two water fountains on the road, about an hour before Paradise Hut; Sunshade: Take sunscreen with you, as well as a hat. In the beginning, it is a long stretch without any sunshade.

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