About two hours drive
east of Side. Passing through the border of Alanya, Alara river
has the difficulty level of about 3-4. Starting from the down
part of Gündogmus village,
the course is about 25 kilometer long and ends in the outskirts
of Alarhan, the castle that dates back to the Seljukians.
The river starts off fairly technical but rapidly gains water.
Reasonable road access is available along most of the route,
although the river does pass through a number of small gorges.
One 8m fall can be run but is usually portaged, its approach is
obvious from the water.
The river, flowing ebulliently especially in the spring,
provides technical passages which require a high maneuver
ability due to the difficulties caused by the irregular rock
With this special feature, the river sustains adrenalin to the
The Alara is best run during spring and early summer.
river rafting's difficulty level is 2 - 3 - 4. The rafting
starts near GUZELBAG village and end on the sea close to famous
ALARA FORTRESS, OKURCALAR, ALANYA.
ALARA RIVER RAFTING FROM EYE'S OF ONE OF
FOREING RAFTING MAKER ; The Alara River rises at the
famous ‘Flying Water’ Waterfall close to the village of Köprülü.
The Rafting starts some kilometres down the river. On the way
there, a break is made at the mountain village of Güzelbag and
from there the tour continues over dusty paths to the starting
point. Here first of all we try on the life-jackets and helmets
as safety is a high priority. After that our River Guide gives
detailed instructions. Due to the degree of difficulty of the
river Wild Water (WW) III – IV we have of course to be attentive.
At the start with a slow current, we use our paddles mostly for
enthusiastically splashing each other! In the first rapids we
have to paddle hard so that the Guide can navigate the raft
safely through the rocks!
After rafting for about one hour suddenly we come to a bridge
spanning the canyon. You wonder who built it! Our Guide explains
to us that this is a Roman bridge part of the route between the
coast and the Silk Road. From the boat it is not possible to
recognize the remains of these paths but the piers of the bridge
are very good platforms for diving or jumping from - three
metres up! Soon after this we stop for a barbecue! Now everyone
is really hungry!
During the next ‘stage’ all the rafts must be carried over the
rocks and thrown five metres down to the water. And the
participants? They follow of course!!!
The faint-hearted can climb down and get on board from the bank
but most decide for the ‘quick, smooth and refreshing’ method.
Later on we have another break for fruit and once again the
stretching of upper arms! The ‘final stage’ is quite calm
because the Alara River here has less of a downward gradient.
Finally we reach the Alara Fortress on a high rock, the
termination point of our tour. The origin of this fortress is
unknown but it is said that the leader of the Seljuks, Sultan
Aladdin Keykubat, found this castle in 1230 and threw out the
owner! In the shelter of the fortress he built a caravanserai
which has been restored. But we are no longer motivated to climb
up the castle rock, not because we are tired of course (as we
are all really fit!), but because we are still overwhelmed by
the magnificent beauty of the Alara River. This, together with
the great fun on the water, makes the Alara rafting tour one of
the most beautiful trips in Alanya!
WHAT TO SEE :
You can discover plenty of historical and natural beauties close
to ALARA RIVER in Turkey.
1 - EXCELLENT
AND AMAZING WILD NATURAL CANYON BEAUTY FROM GUZELBAG VILLAGE
TILL MEDITERRANEAN SEA. 2 - ALARA FORTRESS ( IT IS LOCATED
WHERE RAFTING ENDS 3 - ALANYA CASTTLE ( ALANYA IS
FAMOUS HOILDAY CITY JUST 30 KM FAR AWAY TO FINISH POINT OF ALARA
RIVER 3 - DIM WATERDAM AND CAVE -
( BARHAL )
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