Karula National Park Travel Guide

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Karula National Park is in Valgamaa of Estonia.

It's Estonian's smallest and it was recognised as a national park in 1993.

The landscape of the Karula uplands, formed thousands of years ago by continental glacial activity, is noted for its rich diversity; marshes, swamp-forests, small lakes, streams, meadows and floret-covered knolls and hills.

Seventy per cent of the territory of the national park is forest and there are 38 lakes.

The cultural landscape is sparsely inhabited. Narrow fields, plots of forests, mires, meadows and farmsteads all give the landscape an especially intimate feel.

The most typical large mammals living in the park are moose, western roe deer, wild boar and lynx. Common small mammals include the red fox, raccoon dog, polecat, brown hare, red squirrel and European beaver.

157 species of birds have been spotted in Karula National Park.

More information about Karula National Park can be found on the official tourist information website of Estonia (http://www.visitestonia.com/en/destinations/national-parks/karula) and Karula National Park (http://www.karularahvuspark.ee).

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://wikitravel.org/en/Karula_National_Park

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November 30, 2009 new by meelisest (1 point)