/ TURKEY :
Manavgat River flows 90 km from the eastern slopes of the
western Toros (Taurus) mountains, passes over hard conglomerated
strata, forms the Manavgat Falls and then enters the coastal
plain to empty into the Mediterranean Sea.
In the spring, the waters of the Manavgat run full and clear,
augmented by underground springs in the canyons it passes
through, until the river's force is interrupted by the OYMAPINAR
Dam. The upper reaches of the MANAVGAT
can be reached by taking the MANAVGAT-
ALANYA highway to the east and
turning north towards AKSEKI 10 km after
passing the town of Manavgat. Four kms before AKSEKI
, turn off towards IBRADI to reach
the SAHAP bridge, the starting point for
Among the many caves in the area, the most interesting is the ALTINBESIK
cave discovered by geologist Dr. Temucin Aygen. Annual
explorations have extended the known part of this cave to 2,200
m. The cave contains fascinating lakes, stalactites and
The area is excellent for mountain biking, trekking and cliff
parachuting in the vicinity of IBRADI and
ORMANA. The area also hosts a large
population of wild goat, wild boar, rabbit, red legged partridge
and many other birds.
MANAVGAT RIVER COURSE :
The selection of a starting point in
Manavgat River is
determined by the level and velocity of the water. Under
favorable conditions, the start can be made near SAHAP
bridge in the vicinity of IBRADI.
River sports on the Manavgat are dangerous for novices. Groups
should be accompanied by professionals and a local guide.
The best place for rafting and canoeing on the MANAVGAT
is the 19 km stretch between SAHAP bridge
and the village of SEVINC, where the
river cuts steep, sometimes impenetrable gorges through the
1st Canyon :
The river flows swiftly through the first canyon situated
between SAHAP bridge and ALTINBESIK
cave, augmented by an underground spring 500 m before the
canyon. Padelling here is a memorable adventure. Those who do
not wish to enter the second canyon may disembark near ALTINBESIK
cave. From there, a path leads to the village of ÜRÜNLÜ
in the west and to MENTESBEY in the east.
2nd Canyon :
The second canyon is accessible from ALTINBESIK
Cave. Banked by impregnable cliffs, this canyon stretches to the
village of SINANHOCA. At the end of the
canyon, the riverbed widens, providing a rest area and
The falls prior to SINANHOCA, located
towards the end of the second canyon, are very dangerous. The
waters flow underneath and on both sides of a huge boulder. This
part must be portaged.
The third canyon begins after SINANHOCA,
the river passes through several falls before it exists the
canyon near SEVINC , completing your trip
down the MANAVGAT.
This course runs through three canyons and involves passing
through smaller and bigger class 3-4-5 waterfalls. As soon as
the sound of the falls is heard, the group must stop ashore to
determine the best passage. When passage is impossible, canoes
should be carried on shore or guided by rope, resuming the
course after skipping the dangerous part.
The river slows down between the falls, providing an opportunity
to admire the natural grandeur of the area. When traveling
through the canyons, there are moments when it is impossible to
see the sun even at noon. During breaks, the beauty of the
untouched environment and the gurgle of bubbling underground
springs are unforgettable.
If the water level is too low for canoeing in the vicinity of SAHAP
bridge, gear can be carried to the area around ALTINBESIK
cave via ÜRÜNLÜ , and the course
resumed from there.
WHAT TO SEE :
In addition to river sports, the environs of the Manavgat river
provide ample opportunities for other sports such as mountain
biking, cliff parachuting, and trekking.
The old-style houses of IBRADI attract
the attention of tourists who come to the area by jeep to eat
speckled trout. Renowned for white and black grapes, the cool
air of IBRADI refreshes those exhausted from the heat of the
ALTINBESIK Cave, located in the vicinity
of ÜRÜNLÜ in the Toros (Taurus)
mountains, 9 km from IBRADI, is
frequently visited by speleologists.
Another popular tourist attraction is Manavgat Falls on the road
to OYMAPINAR Dam, 5 km from the town of
Manavgat, one of Turkey's most famous waterfalls.
ALARAHAN, a well-preserved 13th century
Seljuk caravanserai built by Alaaddin Kaykubad on the bank of ALARA
creek, is situated to the east of Manavgat. A little further on,
the ruins of the ALARA fortress crown the
The classical city of SIDE, one of the
oldest and largest of the Greco-Roman cities in the region,
includes an amphitheater, arched galleries and baths as well as
temples dedicated to ATHENA and APOLLON.
The ruins of SELEUCIA , north of
Manavgat, contains baths, a two-story agora on the slope of the
acropolis, a market, small temple and necropolis...
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