The Healing atmosphere of Damlatas Cave

The 15,000-year-old Damlatas Cave in Alanya has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. Apart from its stunning beauty, it is also an important spot for health tourism as it contributes to the treatment of pulmonary diseases such as asthma.

Damlatas Cave - Image Credit: http://alanya.bel.tr

Damlatas Cave – Image Credit: http://alanya.bel.tr

 Located in Antalya’s Alanya district, Damlatas Cave, which is more than 15,000 years old, welcomes thousands of local and international tourists every year. Known for its golden sand beaches and for having been home to numerous civilizations, Alanya is a major tourist attraction. Drawing scores of tourists every year thanks to its historical and touristic features, Alanya has several tourist spots that fit different tastes. Damlatas Cave was accidentally discovered in 1948 when the area was blasted with dynamite in order to open a quarry for the construction of a pier.
Alanya Municipality Manager of Cultural and Social Affairs Nimet Hacıkura said the cave’s columns were formed more than 15,000 years ago, and the cave has thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and columns, and is always 22 degrees Celsius whether it is summer or winter.
Damlatas Cave - Image Credit: http://alanya.bel.tr

Damlatas Cave – Image Credit: http://alanya.bel.tr

As soon as you enter, the cave welcomes visitors with a 50-meter-long passage, an empty space, 15-meter-high cylindrical space and columns. The empty space consists of 2,500 cubic meters of air, and the overall humidity in the cave is 95 percent. Hacıkura said Damlataş was one of the first caves in Turkey used for tourism. He claimed that as the cave is situated in the city centre, it also positively affects the number of tourists that visit.
Damlatas Cave - Image Credit: http://alanya.bel.tr

Damlatas Cave – Image Credit: http://alanya.bel.tr

Hacıkura said the region is an important spot for health tourism. Some patients visit Damlatas upon doctors’ advice, and these patients are welcomed with a special program by the managers between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. “The cave has four significant characteristics that are good for patients suffering from asthma: 10 times more carbon dioxide than average as well as more humidity, tranquillity and radioactivity. The first two hallmarks of the cave are good for asthma, while the others contribute to the overall treatment process,” Hacıkura stressed. Damlatas maintains 260 millibars of constant pressure, 20.5 percent oxygen level, 71 percent nitrogen, a little radioactivity and ions. Asthma patients stay in the cave for 21 days of special treatment under the care of their physicians.
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