Yerküpe Mağarası

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Location: East Menteşe Mountains, at Hebil river. Between the village Kavaklıdere, Menteşe, and Çamyayla.
(37.403627, 28.430115)
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=100 m, VR=17, H=2-8 m, W=3-10 m, T=5 °C.
Guided tours: self guided V=10,000/a [2014]
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Yerküpe Piknik Alanı, Menteşe, 48580 Kavaklıdere/Muğla
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2004 opened to the public.


Yerküpe Mağarası (Yerkupe Cave) is a rather small cave in the intermittent state, between fossil cave and active river cave. In other words the cave river flows underground working on the next lower level of the cave but is reactivated during the wet season. The floor is covered by many sediments, mostly gravel and sand. But it also has rimstone pools, stalactites, and stalagmites. Small ups and downs in the cave are caused by blocks falling from the ceiling and the dripstone deposits. But the most spectacular part is probably the cave entrance. A waterfall beneath the entrance portal shows during times of high water. It can be seen from the trail leading down to the entrance.

The cave was long known to the locals. It was used by Yoruk shepherds for their animals as a cool barn, and to store their products. The cool temperature made it a natural refrigerator.

The cave is a very recent show cave. It was developed with walkways, stairs, handrails, and electric lights. The area around the cave entrance was transformed into a picnic and recreation area, surrounded by green pine forests. It is also used for yearly wrestling matches in June which are a sort of local tradition. They are known as Menteşe Yerküpe Yağlı Pehlivan Güreşleri (Menteşe Yerküpe Oil Wrestling)