Another spraying charm of a waterfall on Pod Kamiko

Pod Kamiko – the path with the waterfalls

GPS coordinates start / finish: 43.02111, 23.36014
Distance: 3 hours in total (to the waterfall and back), 6.5 km in total
Degree of difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆
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Pod Kamiko Eco Trail is a famous neighbor of the Vazova Eco Trail and no less charming than it.

It starts from the stadium at Bov Station and finishes with two high waterfalls near the village of Bov.

It is interesting that on the way the trail is accompanied by a cascade of many waterfalls along the Bovska River.

The trail takes about three hours on a leisurely walk, including photos and breaks. The good thing is that it is a circular route and you can enjoy different perspectives from the heavenly views around.

One thing is for sure, you will not be bored!

Beginning of the trail Pod Kamiko

Bov Station is located at the foot of the picturesque Iskar Gorge.


We started the march to Pod Kamiko at its non-traditional stadium – Skala Stadium. Its unambiguous name comes from the picturesque rocks among which it is woven. However, no footballers were playing on the lush meadow, but meekly grazing a flock of sheep and having lunch in the shadows of the majestic rocks around.

Skala Stadium - Bov Station - start of Pod Kamiko
Skala Stadium – Bov Station – start of Pod Kamiko


We walked along the stadium and started a smooth climb along the path.

The markings are white and green and unfortunately it was “here it is, here it is not”. In some places it was confusing where to go next and we lost it for a while several times. Dense bushes and lush greenery further aggravated the situation. Its poor maintenance, I guess, explains why there were no crowds of tourists on the road.

Cascade of waterfalls – Pod Kamiko

Not long after we reached a series of waterfalls along the river Bovska. We looked at them from the side as much as we could, avoiding carefully digging into the bushes around them in order not to encounter nasty creatures.

A series of waterfalls along Pod Kamiko
A series of waterfalls along Pod Kamiko


It was an advantage that the trail is not as commercial as its popular neighbor Vazova Eco-trail and we rarely met tourists. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the forest and the murmur of the falling waters.

Another waterfall on the Pod Kamiko trail
Another waterfall on the Pod Kamiko trail


The wildflowers in the meadows pleased the eye with their colorful flowers and waved at us with their delicate bells.
Despite the great June heat, it was cool in the forest along the stream and we enjoyed the pleasant shady path.

A waterfall with a more massive stone wall behind it
A waterfall with a more massive stone wall behind it


And the recent heavy rains were the reason lemon-yellow chapel mushrooms were lined up like guards along the forest path.

A lemon-yellow companion on the path
A lemon-yellow companion on the path


We also respected the last small waterfall along the riverbed and approached the final destination.

Another spraying charm of a waterfall on Pod Kamiko
Another spraying charm of a waterfall on Pod Kamiko


The culmination – the two waterfalls Pod Kamiko

Due to the abundant flora, we could not photograph the entire strong body of the Pod Kamiko waterfall from afar.
The stream of water was not very powerful and we were glad that we were able to see the natural landmark and its water extravaganza.

Waterfall Pod Kamiko upper prospect
Waterfall Pod Kamiko upper prospect


At its foot was a small whirlpool, where small groups of frogs and priest’s spoons clapped merrily.
The coolness of the canyon and the splashes of water were extremely fresh and invigorated our spirit.

Pod Kamiko Waterfall
Pod Kamiko Waterfall


To the left of Pod Kamiko is another smaller high waterfall. Moss mats were woven into its jets and softened the fall of the water.

Second waterfall Pod Kamiko
Second waterfall Pod Kamiko


Under the mighty crowns of several huge trees, we managed to reach its foot as much as we could and enjoy it.

The second waterfall at Pod Kamiko - a lower perspective
The second waterfall at Pod Kamiko – a lower perspective


The village of Bov and the way back

This was followed by a smooth ascent along a steep path to the village of Bov located on the plateau above the two waterfalls. We did not miss the rock formation The Fireplace, which had arrogantly straightened its chimney and looked around proudly.

Rock formation The fireplace
Rock formation The fireplace


We passed through the silent village and talked to a grandfather who was blissfully resting under a thick shadow.
We also saw the beginning of the fall of the high waterfall, which was quite modest against the background of its height.

View over Pod Kamiko waterfall
View over Pod Kamiko waterfall

From here there is an option to return to Bov Station on the asphalt road. However, we chose the forest route to enjoy a little more of the freshness of nature.


The next part of the route is not as picturesque as the first. There was a descent down a forest path, partly hidden in the woods, partly out onto the sultry lush meadows laden with flowers.


We refreshed ourselves at a fountain along the route against a background of trees with bizarre giant roots.

Fountain and avant-garde trees
Fountain and avant-garde trees


We reached a fence tied with a chain, which we passed after a short hesitation and carefully tied again.

Obstacle with a fence
Obstacle with a fence


The most beautiful part of the descent were the panoramic views of the surroundings. We saw in the distance the canyon with the two waterfalls and the village nestled above it and bathed in greenery.

The area of the waterfalls in the distance
The area of the waterfalls in the distance


We reached a second fountain and barn with four-legged friends, who peered curiously at the disturbers of their peace.

A team of curious horses
A team of curious horses


Last beautiful view from a more prominent site before diving into the woods again.

Panoramic views of the region
Panoramic views of the region

During the last part of the descent we lost the marking a bit, but in general there was no problem and we reached a place with a small chapel, gazebo and benches for relaxation.

Gazebo, tables and benches
Gazebo, tables and benches


One last big turn after the slope and we reached the final section, which was already on flat terrain and passed a few barely noticeable water falls.

Sign at the last big turn
Sign at the last big turn

Final


The Pod Kamiko eco-trail is remarkable for its numerous waterfalls and its wonderful panorama.
Its natural charm, the freshness of the water, the close contact with the waterfalls were undoubtedly enchanting and make it an attractive place that I would gladly visit again.


Another interesting trail in the region: Lakatnishki rocks

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