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Kaklik Cave


Geographical Location and Arrival

Kaklik cave is located at the edge of Denizli-Afyon-Ankara highway and is 30 km. far from the centre of Denizli. Honaz district is in Kaklik town. Kaklik Cave is located at the north of the vast alluvium plateau formed by Curuksu Creek which is one of the most important branches of Big Meander River in the north and west of Kaklik Town. The cave developed at the point where the high rocks forming the mountains disappeared in the plateau.

Properties

The length of the cave is 65 m. in the direction of northeast-southwest, and 40 m. in the direction of northwest-southeast. It has a circular entrance in the dimensions of 13x11 m. The second section of the cave that has a total length of 190 m. and a deepest point of -14 m. is located at the southwest edge of the cave. Inside of this section with a length of 40 m. is covered with newly collapsed blocks. Almost whole the main gallery is covered with travertine formed by spring waters most of which flow down the cave making waterfalls coming out of the cave.

Kaklik Cave was formed as a result of the fact that the ceiling of an underground cavity formed by a big underground river had collapsed. The cave has interesting properties. There is a large block of travertine in the cave which displays the characteristics of ponor development in shape. These travertines similar to Pamukkale are formed as a result of the fact that the waters of Kokarhamam Fount (Haydarbaba Fount) in the immediate vicinity of the cave flew into the cave making waterfalls. The development of the travertines composed of pools in the form of stairs is still continuing. The waters leaking from the north wall of the cave in the form of small waterfalls also form wall travertines here and there. The most part of Kaklik Cave which has a wide, circular mouth takes the sun lights in. Thus, the cave walls had become mossy and ivy. These plants, which acquire various tones of green during the daytime, add quite distinct beauty to the cave’s appearance.

The cave adorned with dripstones, stalactites and stalagmites has a unique beauty. The thermal waters inside the cave are abundant. It is known that these curative waters limpid, colorless and sulfurous help some of the skin diseases.


Dodurgalar Cave


Geographical Location and Access

Dodurgalar Cave is located on the east slope of Mallidag Mountain that is 3 km. west of Dodurgalar Town. It is 18 km. far from Acipayam District at 60 km. southeast of Denizli. Denizli-Antalya highway passes by Dodurgalar Town connecting West Anatolia and Aegean Region to Mediterranean Region.

Properties

The total length of the cave is 145 m. The deepest point is -5 m. and the highest point is 5.5 m. in respect to the entrance. Inside the cave, there are dripstones developed along the cracks. These are stalactite, stalagmite, pillar, wall and drapery dripstones. Dodurgalar Cave had developed horizontally and it is a hydrological passage located cave. Today, it was totally fossilized. Therefore, some collapses has recently occurred. However, intensive dripstone formations, especially thick pillars eliminate this risk. The waters leaking from the ceiling both forms the new dripstones and keep the old ones alive in seasons with precipitation. Many dripstones turn the cave into a “forest of dripstones”. The esthetics of dripstone and natural beauty of the cave environment increase its visual appeal.