The Altinbesik Cave, also known as the Altinbesik Maaras, is situated on the western side of the steep Manavgat Hill, about 5 kilometres from Urunlu and 7 kilometres from Antalya’s Ibradi (Aydinkent) district. Altinbesik Cave National Park may be reached after a one-hour walk from Urunlu along the road that runs from Antalya to Ibradi to Urunlu.
The Altinbesik Hill, which is situated on its top side, gave rise to the name of the horizontal, partially active cave system known as the Altinbesik Cave. This part of the Taurus Mountains has a very complex geological and geomorphologic structure, with considerable geological overlaps, significant twists, and deep valleys. The Altinbesik Cave was carved out of ancient limestone in the upper Creosote.
Many lakes and caverns can be found underground. Because the lakes are at various levels, there are eascades. The stalagmites and stalagtites in the caves are massive. Over millions of years, lakes and caverns that are present today were developed. One theory is that the limestone in this hilly area fractured due to water flowing into them, causing melting, chemical reactions, and microscopic cavities to form in some places.
Over time, the caverns became larger and eventually changed into caves as a result of the harmful impacts of the water. This process is still being carried out right now. A beautiful view will be presented to intrepid climbers who are interested in this subject.
The underground lake, a true natural wonder that can be traversed by boat, is where the Manavgat River’s source waters are collected. A section of Lake Gembos’ buried waters make up the Altinbesik Cave Lake. The force of the water unleashed from Manavgat River, which cut out a natural bridge in the cave, is documented and attested to by peculiar formations on the walls of Altinbesik Cave. The lush greenery that surrounds the cave and the wild beauty of the Altinbesik karst topography also make up the Altinbesik Cave National Park.