Cool places in Turkey: Keloğlan Cave

Keloğlan Cave is one of those cool places in Turkey, literally. Not too long ago, we published our top tips on how to cool down in summer in Turkey. Visiting a cave was one of the tips. With good reason, as you’ll experience an instant drop in temperature as soon as you enter a cave in the summer heat. Still, some caves are prettier than others, so you might just as well pick one that has something to offer. And one that doesn’t require a massive detour when en route to somewhere else. A place like Keloğlan Cave, or Keloğlan Mağarası in Turkish.

An Impressive Set Of Stalagmites And Stalactites At Keloğlan Cave

An Impressive Set Of Stalagmites And Stalactites At Keloğlan Cave

Keloğlan Cave: perfect stop with kids

A Keloğlan Cave visit is a great idea if your traveling in Turkey with kids. The cave features impressive stalactites and stalagmites and is easily accessible unless you have difficulties walking stairs. The colored lights add a bit to the magic, and we can personally testify to it, it is PITCH DARK in the cave if they forget to switch the lights on. With a length of 145 meters, it is just big enough to be entertaining, without getting boring.

Up And Down It Goes In Keloğlan Cave

Up And Down It Goes In Keloğlan Cave

Dramatic Red Light At Keloğlan Cave

Dramatic Red Light At Keloğlan Cave

10 million years of water dripping

Keloğlan Cave is naturally formed by lime water dripping for about 10 million years. The result is a fascinating frozen-forest-like collection of stalagmites and stalactites of up to 6 meters in height. Why is this one of the cool things to do in Turkey? Apart from the fact that the temperature inside the cave is significantly cooler than it is outside in summer, the Keloğlan Cave is rich in speleothems, another word for structures formed in a cave by the deposition of minerals from water, such as stalactites or stalagmites. In Greek, the word “spēlaion” means cave” and “théma” stands for “deposit”, hence speleothems. And because of its age, in a lot of places, the stalagmites and stalactites meet and become pillars.

Cool Bleu For Cool Things To Do In Turkey, Visiting Keloğlan Cave

Cool Bleu For Cool Things To Do In Turkey, Visiting Keloğlan Cave

Stalagmites And Stalactites Meet In Keloğlan Cave

Stalagmites And Stalactites Meet In Keloğlan Cave

Keloğlan Cave was discovered in 1990 in a slope of the Mallı Mountains but only opened to the public in 2003, after a dedicated road was built. Nowadays, the site also features a small-scale restaurant where locals love to go for breakfast with a view. This type of cave is called a karstic cave. The forming of such caves is said to be very complex, though the main principle is simple and relies on the ability of carbon dioxide-containing water to dissolve limestone. Fortunately, there’s no need to be a speleologist to enjoy your cave visit. Just have a walk around and be wowed by the beauty of nature while enjoying the beneficial effects of the air on your respiratory system.

Visiting The Cave Is Easy, Just Follow The Paths

Visiting The Cave Is Easy, Just Follow The Paths

The Terrace With A View At Keloğlan Cave Is A Popular Breakfast Spot

The Terrace With A View At Keloğlan Cave Is A Popular Breakfast Spot

Except for a few spots near the lamps, and apart from the dripping water, there’s no sign of life in Keloğlan Cave. Pay attention to areas where moss is growing in the light rays from the lamps. It’s a fascinating sight and proof of the strength of nature. In a way, the lights inside the cave are contributing to a change in the ecosystem, that is probably the reason they switch them off when there are no visitors around. In 2013, a scientist documented the presence of a blind spider in the cave. Rest assured, we didn’t encounter it during our visit!

The Persistence To Survive, Moss Grows Near A Lamp In Keloğlan Cave

The Persistence To Survive, Moss Grows Near A Lamp In Keloğlan Cave

Practical information for your cave visit

Keloğlan Cave lies about 3 km west of Dodurgalar, some 60 km below Denizli. The cave is easy to reach by car and signposted from the E87 Denizli-Antalya road. There’s ample parking space near the entrance of the cave, and there are facilities such as toilets and a restaurant on-site. If you are relying on public transport, you can take a dolmuş from Acıpayam to Dodurgalar and walk up to the cave from there. The walk is about 4 km on a rather steep road. In all honesty, while this is a lovely place to stop when on a road trip, this cave is not a destination in itself. You’ll have to pay a small entrance fee to enter the cave which is open every day from 8:30 am to 7 pm. There are walking path throughout the cave, including quite some stairs. If you have difficulties walking, you may want to reconsider visiting.

Keloğlan Mağarası lies less than 10 km away from Yazır Köyü. If you’re following us, you might remember the name of the village from our post on its magnificently restored mosque.

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If you’re interested in other people’s opinions, check out these reviews on TripAdvisor. As mentioned in our post, this cave is more suitable as a stop on your way to somewhere else, rather than a destionation in itself. Do you have questions? You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

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Keloğlan Cave is less than 10 km away from Yazır Köyü. We strongly recommend a visit to it magnificently restored mosque. Also in the area: Kibyra, a real hidden gem!

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We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

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The nearest airport is Denizli. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

If you’re interested in other people’s opinions, check out these reviews on TripAdvisor. As mentioned in our post, this cave is more suitable as a stop on your way to somewhere else, rather than a destionation in itself. Do you have questions? You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Keloğlan Cave is less than 10 km away from Yazır Köyü. We strongly recommend a visit to it magnificently restored mosque. Also in the area: Kibyra, a real hidden gem!

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

The nearest airport is Denizli. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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