|Location:||At Sahoolan. 43km southeast of Mahabad. On the road between Mahabad and Boukan in the northwestern of Iran, turn off to Sahoolan at 'isa Kandi.|
Adults IRR 7,000.
|Dimension:||L=771m, A=2,000m asl.|
|Guided tours:||L=201m by boat, 162m by foot, V=20,000/a .|
Simon Brooks (2008):
A Return to Iran – Caving with the Damavand and the Hamadan Mountaineers, October 2007,
Grampian Speleological Group Bulletin. Fourth series Vol 3 No 4, March 2008. pp 50-53
|Address:||Sahoolan Cave, Tel: +98-, Fax: +98-,|
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Sahoolan Water Cave is named after the village where it is located. The Kurdish word Sahoolan means freezing and describes the climatic conditions of the area, which are cool in summer and freezing in winter, at a height of 2,000m asl. The locals call the cave Dove Nest, as there are doves all around the cave entrace. They roost along ledges on the cave walls, some in the reach of the cave visitors.
The cave has two entrances, both located in the same depression, which looks like a collapse structure, a collapse doline created by the breakdown of a huge cave chamber. The cave is entered through the entrance on the northwest side of the depression. The steep boulder slope is developed a series of marble steps and landings which lead down into a lake chamber, 12 to 15m wide and 5m high. A jetty in this chamber is the place where the first part of the tour starts, 201m by boat to the main chamber of the cave. The boatmen wear traditional Kurdish dress and tell a story about the cave in Farsi. The water is generally 18m deep, but there are some spots where a depth of 52m has been measured. It is very clear and has the typical blue colour of limestone rich water. Some passages show painting which are said to be from the time of the Parthian dynasty.
The main chamber is rather big, about 35m in diameter between 12 and 15m high. It contains a lake with some 500m² and a second jetty. Here the boat ride ends and the walk through the main chamber starts, up a large flight of marble steps. As a rather strange feature the chamber contains a cell phone mast. Visitors can here use their mobiles to contact friends and family and tell about their great tour. The tour continues through a series of dry passages and out through the second entrance. This portal shows evidence of smoke blackening, a sign of human habitation and refuge.