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Kalidonia Nature Trail

Last month, I found myself in Troodos square at the mountainous part of Cyprus. It was not my first time there (actually I usually go twice a year), but that time was different. While walking in the small park there, I noticed a sign to the Atalanti Nature Trail, which reminded me that the starting point of the Kalidonia (or Calidonia) Nature Trail that I wanted to go to last year was nearby. So, that was the spark of a spontaneous decision.

Some background knowledge

The Kalidonia Waterfall at the height of 12m, is one the highest waterfalls in Cyprus. The name originates from when the British settled to the island, in 1878. When Scottish people found the waterfall, they gave it the roman name of their home place (Scotland) – Caledonia.

Kalidonia Nature Trail

The Cypriot Tourism Organisation has many sign-posted natural trails in Cyprus, and the Kalidonia Trail is one of them. It is a linear trail of 3km that starts from a place on the old road between Troodos and Platres and ends at Psilo Dentro in (Pano/Upper) Platres (you can do it the other way if you want, but the signs will show the opposite direction). Since it is a linear path, 6km are needed to go and come back and hence about 3 hours in total. The Kalidonia Waterfall is at the 2/3 of the distance, that’s 2km from the starting point (or 1km if you walk in the other way) and the complete trail is a descending route of about 350m, which means that you will need to ascend it at the end. In general, the path is considered difficult to follow, especially its ascending part and because the surface can be slippery. For me, a beginner hiker, visiting a late afternoon in September, it was alright.

Impressions

The thing that impressed me the most was the fantastic natural beauty of the place. I didn’t expect it to be so good. It was terrific walking all the time along to the Cold River (Krios Potamos). I wanted to photograph everything, and for this reason, it took me more time to descend than to ascend. The only thing that I wished I had done earlier was to plan the whole excursion so that I had more time there. Due to this, I didn’t manage to finish the trail. I continued my walk until I found the Kalidonia Waterfall and then I went back because I was afraid that I wouldn’t have time to return before the sunset. The whole walk took me almost 2 hours, 1 hour to reach the Falls and then 45-50 minutes to go back.

Here I share with you some of the photos that I took!

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Let’s begin our walk! Sony ILCE-5100
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We will walk by the Cold River until we reach the Waterfall! Sony ILCE -5100
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While at the same time being covered by the trees! Sony ILCE-5100
Kalidonia Trail
We will cross the River many times, sometimes via small bridges and other times by stepping into the wet rocks (needs care)! Sony ILCE-5100
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The mist plays beautifully with the forest trees! Sony ILCE-510
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That’s my favourite viewpoint! Sony ILCE-5100
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Searching for the best spot to capture! Sony ILCE-5100
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Oh, it’s red! Sony ILCE-5100
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Another shot of the Cold River! Sony ILCE-5100
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The path continues… Sony ILCE-5100
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Experimenting with the shutter speed. I hope I had a tripod with me! Sony ILCE-5100
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And we are here! That’s the Kalidonia Waterfall! Sony ILCE-5100
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Looking up to embrace this mesmerising place! Sony ILCE-5100
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Now I see why this natural beauty touched the Scots! Sony ILCE-5100
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Back to where we had started! I hope you enjoyed it! Just in time before the sun hides behind the mountain! Sony ILCE-5100

For more information about Cyprus’ Natural Trails click here.

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P.S. This is a new section on the blog: Photography. More photos than text! “A photo is worth a thousand words”, isn’t that what they say? Let me know in the comments how you found that one. Did it have too much text, too many images, was it just right? Also, don’t forget to share it! πŸ™‚

Elina Michaelidou

Elina is a computer science student and a traveller enthusiastic. Read everything about her travel experiences here.

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  1. Your new section -photography- is a very good idea Elina. You shot very beautiful photos and you described the trail very well. Reading the text and looking at the photos reminded me the time I visited Kaledonia trail, 20 years ago. Nice work Elina. Keep on going….

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