Keloglan cave in Denizli, Turkey: The place where the cave is located has a very beautiful view. You can also try local delicacies in the vicinity. Getting here is a little difficult. Therefore, you can go with private car or tour companies.
The caves, which have been explored and evaluated in developed Western countries since the middle of the 18th century, are not very old in Turkey, but are explored after the 1970s and used for various economic and social purposes, primarily tourism. Keloglan Cave is one of the 14 caves recently opened to tourism in Turkey.
Also known as Dodurgalar Cave, the Cave is located on the slope of Malli Mountain, 3 kilometers west of Dodurgalar Town, 18 kilometers east of Acipayam District, 60 kilometers from Denizli. It is known that the length of the cave is approximately 145 meters.
Keloglan Cave is located very close to the Denizli-Antalya Highway, which connects Western Anatolia and the Aegean Region to the Mediterranean. Due to its location, it is very easy to reach by private vehicle. It is one of the places visited by those who go to Pamukkale, especially in the summer months. The cave got its name from a legend.
The Legend of Keloglan Cave
At the time of the legend: a young man who goes to the region to work as a shepherd falls in love with a girl. The shepherd wants to marry the girl. Because she has no hair, the girl’s family is against the marriage. Unable to marry the girl he loves, the shepherd begins to live in the mountains.
He enters a cave and wanders all day long. He fell asleep because he was tired. When he wakes up, he sees that his hair has grown. He returns to his village and marries the girl he fell in love with. After that day, the cave is called “Keloğlan”.
People who hear the legend and have problems with hair and beard visit this cave. The cave is not only beneficial for the hair, but is also used in the treatment of diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, thanks to the warmth and humidity inside the cave.
One of the Best Caves in Turkey
Keloglan Cave, one of Turkey’s most magnificent caves, reflects the landforms of Denizli’s geography. It contains many stalactites and stalagmites. The cave has a large entrance. The interior temperature of the cave, which has many chambers, is 32 degrees throughout the year, while the absolute humidity remains constant at 65%.
Various shapes formed in the cave over thousands of years, stalactites and stalagmites, columns, travertines, which fascinate visitors with their magnificent appearance from the water dripping from the ceiling, are worth seeing. There is also a bat colony in a small section at the entrance. Since the interior of the cave is large, a beautiful lighting system is used.
After finishing your cave tour, you can relax here in front of the view. You can try local delicacies such as tea, coffee and breakfast. The surrounding of the cave is very beautiful for trekking.