- DRAGON RIVER :
Anamur (Dragon) River originates as an underground river from
the Catalyatak, Yellice and Kizcagiz hills on the slopes of the
Toros (Taurus) mountains. The underground spring erupts in
several geysers close to the village of Sugözü, spraying water
hundreds of meters high. The water level of the river is highest
in spring, falling in summer. North of its source, enclosed
basins and chasms can be seen.
The 35 km long Anamur river is joined by the Kas, Masat and
Gökce streams before flowing into the Mediterranean Sea through
a deep river bed.
The surrounding mountains of Anamur are covered with red-pine,
black-pine, cedar, fir,juniper and oak trees. Wild goat, wild
boar, wild sheep, wolf, jackal, wild duck, wild goose,
partridge, eagle, falcon, peregrine falcons and hawks live in
the higher altitudes, and speckled trout populate the waters
running through the forest.
Anamur Cayi is suitable for canoeing and rafting. The best place
to start an expedition is at the junction of Kilic creek,
finishing at the historic Alaköprü bridge 10 km to the south.
The start of the course is accessible by a stabilized road that
runs 15 km to Caltibükü from the junction at of the
Anamur-Ermenek highway. When setting out from here, one should
watch for stones and tree roots in the water. Generally class
1-2 water has some class 3 rapids when the water is high.
WHAT TO SEE :
Anamur is a beautiful town, attractive for its natural setting
and wealth of historical ruins. Ancient Anamur (Anemuriiium) is
located at the end of a 2 km road leading towards the sea off
the Anamur-Gazipasa highway. The city, which is surrounded by a
wall, encompasses churches, baths, cemeteries, ancient theater,
Odeon and colorful mosaics.
The fortress of Mamure, built by the Romans and repaired in
Seljuk and Ottoman periods, boasts 36 towers, a moat, three
courtyards and an old mosque. The fortress is located on
Continuing past the Mamure fortress, the forest meets the sea
and one enters the Pullu Mesire Yeri, used by the Forestry
Department as a camping site and day recreational area. This is
one of the few beaches where sea turtles (caretta caretta) come
to lay their eggs.
Kösekbükü Cave, located in the vicinity of Ovabasi near Anamur
is interesting for its stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is
lit and open to public. The Cukurpinar Cave, in the vicinity of
Sugözü, approximately 70 km north of Anamur, is being explored
by speleologists. In 1992, members of the Cave Exploration Club
of Bosphorus University went down to 1,149 m here.
The area after the Seljuk Alaköprü bridge up to Sugözü is
excellent for trekking. The region provides opportunities for
mountain biking, cliff parachuting, delta-wing sports and jeep
( BARHAL )
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