June 13, 2018

GOVIC WATERFALL & CAVE

An impressive steep mountain stream & interesting cave, that can be visited in the dry months.

The Govic Waterfall is an impressive steep mountain stream that can only be seen in heavy rainfall and only a few hours after it gushes out from the cave on the southern hillside of Pršivec, around 130 m above Lake Bohinj. The trip to the cave is only possible with a guide and appropriate equipment.

THE LEGEND OF THE GOVIC DRAGON

The Govic Waterfall is a steep mountain stream that occasionally flows out from a tube-shaped tunnel with smooth walls on the hillside of Pršivec. According to a legend, the waterfall gushes out because of a dragon named Govic who sleeps at the bottom of the gulf. When the higher water level tickles his belly, he gets angry and furiously starts to flick his tail, producing a booming and powerful waterfall that flows out above the peninsula known as Na Jami, cutting down trees and turning over rocks on its way. When the water level drops, the dragon calms down and falls back asleep.

WHEN AND WHERE TO SEE THE GOVIC WATERFALL

The Govic Waterfall is a rare phenomenon that can be best observed from the opposite shore (from Naklova glava to Ukanc) or from the Rjava skala at Mount Vogel. To witness this powerful nature’s spectacle, a huge amount of rain is required to fill the widely spread tunnel and siphon system. Sometimes it takes a few years for the next eruption to occur.

CAVING ADVENTURES IN THE GOVIC CAVE

During dry periods, a part of the cave can be explored with the help of an experienced guide. The guide takes you to the lowest point of the Govic Cave with a beautiful small lake. As the caving trip also includes three longer descents with the rope, we recommend it only to participants with some previous experiences.

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