İnatlı Mağarası


Useful Information

Location: İnaltı village. 40 km from Ayancık.
(41.732193, 34.569028)
Open: All year daily 9-.
[2021]
Fee: Adults TRL 2, Students TRL 1.
[2020]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=658 m, A=1070 m asl, VR=50 m.
Guided tours: self guided, L=300 m.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:  
Address: İnaltı Mağarası, Zümrüt, Ihlamur Cd. No:9, 38090 Kocasinan/Kayseri,.
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History

1996 examined by the MTA.

Description

İnatlı Mağarası (Inalti Cave) is located near the namesake İnaltı village. The entrance hall is 125 m long, 15 m high, and 10-12 m wide. At the end a horizontal passage follows, which is is full of speleothems. Stalactites, stalagmites, columns, cauliflower and popcorn shaped dripstones, and rimstone pools can be seen. Currently 300 m are developed with trails and electric light, but there are 125 m behind which could be developed to extend the show cave, at least according to the original report by the MTA.

The cave floor is formed by a Middle Jurassic (Dogger) aged granite intrusion. The granite was eroded, but during the Cretaceous it was submerged and limestones deposited above. The limestone is karstified, but the karstification ends at the boundary to the insoluble granite.

The ticket office was built into the huge cave portal. Sometimes it is not manned, but the cave door is still open. On the back of the hut are three switches you must turn on and then you can visit the cave. Please do not leave the trails, do not litter, and turn the light off when you are back. It would also be fair to leave the entrance fee at the ticket office.