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Caverns and Caves in Antalya

Geyikbayiri Cavern

Geyikbayırı Cavern is at the village of Geyikbayiri 26km from Antalya. The easiest way to reach the cavern is to go to the village of Cakilar and from there it is only a 5-10 minute walk. This cave is very popular and suitable for tourists as the deepest part is 120m with a depth of 6.5m. It remains completely dry during the summer months with a cool interior and during autumn when the rains begin the floor of the cavern gets flooded.

Karain Cavern

The cavern is on the border of the village of Yagca,
5-6km from the old Antalya-Budur highway 30km northwest of Antalya. This cavern is one of Turkey's greatest natural caves with a height of 150m and 430-450m from sea level. This prehistoric cave was inhabited by humans for more than 25,000 years dating back to the early Paleolithic age and excavated stone and bone tools from that time are on display at the Antalya Museum and at the Karain Museum. During the classical period the cave was most probably used as a temple and there are Greek inscriptions on the walls, ceilings and in niches.

Kocain Cave

The cave is at Indag Mountain 45km north of Antalya and is reached via the Camilikoy - Karatas - Ahirtas village road off the Antalya-Border highway. This cavern has a wide entrance with 50-60m high pillars and a Roman cistern inside. The cavern is formed by two huge saloons with an entrance of 35 x 70m. 

Konakalti Cave

This cave is on the Falezli Coast of Atatürk Park and only accessible by sea. It has two entrances facing east and west, the eastern part is full of rocks and the western part has a dome with stalactites, stalagmites and columns.

Kücükdipsiz Cave

Kücükdipsiz Cave is on the southern slope of the 661m Alakaya Hill and close to Tünek Tepe or Tunel Hill which is 618m. The cave is dry; 74m long with a depth of 27.5m and has a horizontal shape. Passing through the narrow entrance the cave leads northwest to a slope of 25˚ and towards the end of the cave are an increasing number of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is usually 3˚C cooler than the outside temperature.

Papazyakasi Cave

Access to the cave is via the rear garden of the Antalya City Club using the side stairs that descend down to the sea and is approximately 20m from sea level. The full length of the cave is 149m and is dry. As conditions inside can be unstable you need to get permission to enter. There are few stalactite and stalagmites, no air currents and the cave floor is rough, becoming very narrow in places and rocks sometimes fall from the ceiling. The cave is formed along a north to south crack of the Antalya travertine and it is possible to see Pleistocene period ruins inside.

Yerkopru Cavern

Yerköprü Cave has a total length of 110m and its deepest point is 27m. As the cave is almost at sea level it is referred to as marine cave although the interior of the cave is dry, the entrance gets partially covered with sea water. The inside of the cave is cooler in comparison to the outside temperature and there are plans to turn it into a cafeteria or restaurant because of its size.

Altinbesik Cave

In the Akseki District this cave is one of Turkey’s most beautiful and breathtaking. It is located on the western slopes of the very steep and deep Manavgat Valley, 7km from Ibradi (Aydinkent) district of Antalya, and 5 km southeast of Ürdünlü village from where you can walk to the cave in around one hour. The cave is horizontal, reaches a height of 100m and a length of 2500m and is geologically active at its lower and mid sections where it forms small lakes and waterfalls but the upper section usually remains dry. The air inside is humid and temperatures average 16-18˚C. The cave is part of a 100km cave complex that includes the Kizilova, Kambos and Söbücesuyu Caves and ends at the Altınbesik - Düdensuyu Cave which is under the Oruc Sinkhole Cave and is one of the longest and largest cave systems in the world.

Gürleyik Cave 

In the Akseki District access to the cave is from the Eynir Polje area approximately 13km from Aydinkent (Ibradi) after the village of Başlar and 500m from the road on the right side. There are large limestone blocks on the road which make it difficult to reach the cave. Once inside you need to descend 25m and during spring caution is advisable as the cave can have a high amount of water and there are sharp limestone shards on the wall surface. In August when the water levels drop small lakes are formed.

Kocaduden Cave 

In the Akseki District and at the southwest edge of Akseki Polje where a track separates the Akseki - Bucakkisla road the cave is 4km from there. The cave slopes down 155m in a series of steps although it has horizontal sections. The upper part is made of limestone and mainly responsible to the cave's formation and as the Akseki Polje river basin drains into the cave this forms the many lakes inside.

Oruc Düdeni Cave

In the Akseki District, the cave is 52m in length and is in the path of underwater flowing to Altinbesik – Dudensuyu Cave and because of this it is about to collapse.

Dim ( Gavurini ) Cave

In the Alanya District the cave is located by Kuzkaya village on the west slope of the Cebireis Mountain (1691m). It is possible to walk to the cave either through the Dim Creek Valley or from Yaylalı village and will take around 50 minutes following the river channel on the outskirts of the mountain. The full length of the cave is 357m, is horizontal and dry and at the end there is a small beautiful lake. This cave is one of Turkey’s best and the area surrounding it is lush forest with camping sites making it a very popular place to visit. The cave has been used since prehistoric times as a shelter and is called Gavurini Cave by local people.

Beldibi Cave 

In the Antalya District this seashore cave is 25km from Antalya just beyond the Çamdağ Tunnel near to Oba Village. The cave is 100m from the shoreline has a height of 25m, an overhanging cliff face and is a natural rock shelter. Excavations revealed six layers of cave sediments with prehistoric remains including tools made with flintstone dating from the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic ages. There are cave paintings from around 9,000 years ago made with natural iron and manganese oxide dyes depicting humans and animals and earthenware from the same era found here is now on display at the Museum of Antalya and the cave is now a preserved archaeological site.

Büyük Dipsiz Cave 

In the Antalya District the cave is on the south slope of the 660m Alakaya Hill, 3km west of Antalya's Port southwest of Tünek Hill. The cave has a narrow entrance is 40m long and reaches a depth of 29m. From the entrance the floor slopes 25˚ leading north. There is water present on its upper layers but the cave itself is dry and the inner temperature is usually 3˚C cooler than outside.

Damlatas Cave

In the Antalya District the Damlatas cavern is on the coast 3km from the city centre of Alanya. The cave has an overall area of 200m is 15m high and 30m long with many stalactite and stalagmites that are estimated to have been created around 20,000-15,000 BC. With the carbon dioxide gas, high humidity, low temperature and radioactive atmosphere the cave is extremely beneficial for asthmatic patients and whom make up the majority of visitors here.

Derya Cave 

In the Antalya District the cave location is at Ataturk Park between Konyaalti Street and the coastline and is vertical with a depth of 35m and 124m long. Although known as a Marine Cave because of its location on the seashore it is actually dry. Inside the grand hall are a small number of stalagmite and wall travertine. Heading south the number of stalagmite and stalactite increases and has natural water spring gushing out of cracks in the cave wall. There is a second exit about 40m west from the main entrance measuring 50cm wide and 1m long and the temperature inside the cave is much cooler than outside.

Çimeniçi Cave 

In the Antalya / Alanya District the cave is located a few minute’s walk from Şıhlar village which is east of Alanya on the southern side of Cebireas Mountain and  accessible from the Konya - Gazipaşa highway. The limestone cave is dry, horizontal has a total of 10m in length and the temperature inside averages between 17-20˚C. There are many chambers on two layers and traces of Roman remains can be seen. Although mainly horizontal, to reach the second layer you need to climb up 60m where the ceiling height rises a further 10m and the two large chambers here are packed tight with travertine pillars. These natural formations are very beautiful and this cave has yet to become a tourist destination.

Mahrumcali Cave

In the Antalya- Manavgat District the cave is located east of Mahrumçalı which is east of the village of Gebecek and easily accessible by road. The cave is 157m long, 36m high, horizontal and semi-active as water flows inside during the rainy season. Average temperatures during summer are between 16-18˚C.  The cave developed from contact between the Cebireis and Mahmutlar formations has two layers of dolomithic limestone and mica which both drop south 15˚.

Peynirdeligi Cave 

In the Antalya- Kemer District the cave is located at the Gedelme Plateau and just a short walk from the village centre to its entrance and 65m north of the cave are some interesting Byzantium ruins and a historic wall. The cave is 74m long, 19m deep, mostly vertical and dry with inside temperatures averaging 17˚C in autumn. There is a small lake at its deepest point and it has stalactite and stalagmite pillars. This cave is popular because of its ancient ruins and natural beautiful surroundings.

Tilkiler Cave

In the Antalya- Manavgat District the cave is in the Oymapinar Dam area. This active horizontal is 7m long and in spring the water level is usually rises. The cave was discovered during construction of the dam has significant scientific value and is located in a naturally beautiful area.

Sirtlanini Cave 

In the Antalya- Kemer District located between the villages of Narligedik and Yukari Camarasi in Karacasu. It takes 25 minutes to walk from Narligedik village and is close to the Aphrodisias ruins. The cave is horizontal and dry, has a total length of 348m (the main gallery is 147m) and a depth of 32m. The first 5m of the entrance is narrow and then it opens into the main chamber that is divided by pillars into 5-6 sections and has stalactites and stalagmites everywhere. The humidity inside the cave is around 85% and average temperatures reach 17˚C.

Aslanli ( Yaren ) Cave 

In the Antalya- Manavgat District the cave is on the plateau of Kirazli Village and it’s a 30 minute walk from there. The cave is 6m down a steep descent, is part horizontal and part vertical, 110m long and dry. It gained its name from one of the stalagmites that resembles a seated lion (aslan in Turkish). Formed in the Mesozoic age it has dolomithic marble, stalactite and stalagmites and the muddy floor is covered in rocks that have falling from the ceiling.  

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