|Location:||Altinbesik Cave National Park, near Ürünlü. 12km southeast of Aydinkent (Ibradi), 55km north of Manavgat. From Antalya through İbradi to Ürünlü village, then 1 hour hike to the cave. (37° 2'17.65"N, 31°37'55.46"E)|
|Dimension:||L=2,500m, VR=101m, T=16-18°C.|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2014/07/21 08:12:34 $|
This is definitely a mysterious cave. Probably one should speak Turkish to find it, we did not, so we had no chance to see the cave although we tried hard, but if you know more, please tell us. Drive north from Manavgat, you will see hundreds of signs pointing to this cave. Once you reached the small village Ürünlü, there is a last sign at the begin of the village inam multiple languages. It tells to contact the guide in order to see the cave, unfortunately it does not tell who the guide is and how to find him. The cave is about 4km from the village, and the road to the cave is really poor. The guide brings visitors to the cave entrance with his old 4WD. Do not try to drive this road in your own car, although this road was built only a few years ago, it is extremely poor. Before it was built, visitors had to hike to the cave for about an hour.
Altınbeşik Mağarası (Altinbesik cave) is said to be one of the most interesting and well known caves in Turkey. It is located on the western slopes of the Manavgat River Valley. The area around the cave is famous for beautiful lakes, interesting rock formations, travertine, and streams. The cave is named after Altinbesik Hill where it is located inside. It was discovered by the geologist Dr. Temucin Aygen.
Altinbesik cave has three levels, the lowest is still active with an underground river, rimstone pools and waterfalls. That is the reason why it is sometimes called Altınbeşik Düdeni (Altinbesik waterfalls). During wet season in spring even the middle level is reactivated sometimes. The cave is visited from the resurgence by boat, until a travertine barrier, a rimstone 44m high, is reached. The first cave lake is 125m long and up to 9m deep, and it is followed by a part with many formations. The entrance portal is 40m wide and 40m high.
There are dozens of descriptions of this cave on the web. All of them are translated very poorly and do not contain much information. The above is a compilation of those texts, as we could not see the cave ourselfes. We categorized it as a wild cave, as we could not find any info about regular tours, developed paths, or even an address of a guide. However, we recommend the walk to the cave just to see the entrance portal with its dark green lake.
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