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“Beautiful cave with lots of great formations of stalagmites and stalactites”
Review of Astim Cave

Astim Cave
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Silifke
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 15 November 2017

This cave is different to the heaven and hell caves that other reviewers have posted here. This cave translates to Asthma cave - as many asthma sufferers claim to have been cured here. The heaven and hell caves (Cennet Cehenem) are only 500 metres away which is why people are maybe confusing them with this one.

So this Astim cave has many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. There is a metal spiral staircase that descends into the cave. Sometimes the ground is a bit slippery, but there are stairs and walkways to help with walking throughout. It is quite humid and warm in the cave, so no need to bring warm clothes even if it is cool outside. The cave is around 200 metres long.

There is a road just near Kizkalesi that goes up to the caves, this road is filled with restaurants. The heaven and hell caves are the first ones you reach, then 500 metres later you will find this Astim Cave. Walk through the restaurant/gift shop area to find the ticket office.
If you are interested in caves, this cave is much better than the heaven and hell caves. As you can only see the pit of the hell cave and the heaven cave is just one very large opening with not many formations to see.

Thank kar-travel-01
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Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Based on Greek mythology, these two caves are locally known as Heaven and Hell Caves. Heaven you can hike down and there is a small temple like structure at the beginning of the entrance to the cave. The cave goes back about 1/5 a kilometer, and has amazing formations and color schemes. At some points it looks like parts of Raiders of the Lost Arc. Very cool hiking experience. But once inside the cave, because the temperature drops quite a bit, the humidity causes the steps to be extremely slippery, so be careful. In total, hiking all the way diem and back up amounts to probably a little more than a mile. Hell cave is just a sinkhole next to the larger Heaven sinkhole. You can't go down to it, but there is a place to look straight down it and observe which is nice.

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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

It is very interesting to how the rocks' (on the pictures as seen ) shape's informed. It takes about 30 mins. And try ayran before or after the trip.

Thank mehmet y
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Great place for a day out. These caves are so cool inside its nice for getting out of the summer heat. Requires lots of walking thats not easy for very young kids or elderly with walking problems. The locals have an interesting story to tell so be sure to ask or engage. Lovely place for taking pictures too. Theres a gift shop selling turkish trinklets and a small cafe selling light turkish fare and snacks. An enjoyable experience. Although be careful of the slippery floor surface inside the cave. Bring walking shoes,water and a camera. Also theres a small entry fee. And camel rides for kids near the ticket office.

Thank AishaSK
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

It is a magical place, you wont be able to stop yourself from taking pictures. Be aware of the slippery ground, keep your kids right beside you.

Thank lcanandemiray
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