Caves in Iran have a unique value both for the country and the whole Middle East and the world. Most of them have not yet been fully investigated, and there are still secrets hidden in the dark labyrinths of caves. From our article, you will find out the most popular caves in Iran that are open to tourists.
Caves in Iran: Ali Sadr, Hamadan
Ali-Sadr cave is located in 100 km from the city of Hamadan. It is considered the largest cave on the territory of Iran. Moreover, Ali-Sadr is one of the most popular natural attractions in the country. To attract more tourists, an underground cafe was opened in the cave.
Ten-thousand-year-old Ali-Sadr is a huge and ancient cave. The rock paintings and dishes found in it prove this fact. With a length of 11 kilometers and ceilings of 40 meters high, the cave has a unique infrastructure with underground lakes and tunnels. In the cave, the visitors can move mainly on boats.
Caves in Iran: New Ali Sadr, Koghgiluy
The cave of New Ai-Sadr has been recently discovered. Several years ago, one of the shepherds discovered it near the village of Sheikh-Patawe, the province Ali-Sadr-Koghgiluy. After studying the cave, scientists established its age – 135 million years. The cave was included in the list of cultural heritage of Iran, and it became a popular destination.
Caves in Iran: Kala cave, Kermanshah
In 25 km from the city of Pave (Kermanshah province), there is another cave – Kala. It is unique due to its underwater waterfalls and rare species of bats. Numerous expeditions were conducted here, which led to valuable archaeological finds – bowls, dishes and coins of the Sassanid dynasty.
The total length of the cave is 2.7 km, but only a small part is open for visitors – only 500 meters. The most exciting in the cave are beautiful waterfalls that add mysticism to the atmosphere.
Caves in Iran: Katale-Khor Cave
The Katale-Khor cave is located in western Iran and is considered one of the most beautiful caves. In addition, the Katale-Khor is the most studied cave. During the research, more than 12 km of underground tunnels were studied, but only 3 km are open to tourists. This cave represents fantastic stalagmites and stalactites illuminated for greater effect.
Caves in Iran: Temple of Hercules or Karaftu cave
In the province of Kurdistan, there is another cave with a mysterious name “Temple of Hercules”. The staircase now leads to the inaccessible entrance, however, despite the difficulties of entering the cave, people lived there since the beginning of time. The inhabitants left rock paintings and artifacts, which became part of the cave.