GÖKSU RIVER :
The Göksu is the most
important river in the province of ICEL ( MERSIN
), originating in two branches from the Central Toros
(Taurus) mountain range. The southern branch starts at Geyik
Mountains, and the other branch at Haydar Mountains. These two
branches unite to the south of Mut to form the Göksu river. The
260 km long river forms a delta between Tasucu and Silifke as it
flows into the Mediterranean. The river forms lagoons at Akgöl
and Paradeniz on the coast between Silifke and Tasucu.
The Göksu Delta is regarded by the International Council for
Bird Protection (ICBP) as a major bird refuge in Europe and the
Middle East. More than 300 bird species inhabit the Göksu Delta.
It is the primary reproduction area in Turkey for reed rooster,
summer duck, flamingo, heron, pelican, ruddy shelduck,
francolin, spurred pewit, long legged marsh swallow, Izmir
kingfisher, bee eater, mustached reed nightingale and the white
The Göksu Delta has also a special significance for being one of
the few remaining areas in the world where sea turtles (caretta
caretta, chelonias mydas) and the blue crabs (callinectes
sapidus) lay their eggs.
The Environmental Protection Department of the Ministry of
Environment has declared the Göksu delta as a Special
Environmental Protection Zone to protect the environment against
pollution and exploitation, and to ensure that natural resources
and cultural assets are transferred to future generations
without being spoilt. Furthermore, as one of the best preserved
wetlands in the world, the Göksu Delta is expected to be
included in the list of the Ramsar Convention for Wetlands of
International Importance signed by 45 countries, including
Turkey. Wild goat, wild boar, partridge and rabbit inhabit the
mountains in the Göksu basin.
There lower slopes are covered with laurel bushes, oleanders and
brushwood.Sandalwoods, mastic trees, Margosa trees, furze and
holly oak trees start at 500 m and red-pine forests above 1,000
The wide river bed of the Göksu is suitable for all types of
river sports, with class 1-2. Its calm waters are recommended
The 90 km section between Derincay and Degirmendere is the best
place for river sports in the Göksu River. Derincay is reached
by the road heading west 3 km north of Mut on the
Karaman-Silifke highway. The 14 km section between the bridges
near to the villages of Kislaköy and Kargicak features short
canyons and an interesting landscape. After passing this
section, the course may be completed near Degirmendere.
WHAT TO SEE :
Adorned with orange, lemon and banana plantations, the history
of Icel province dates way back to the Neolithic period.
Yümüktepe Höyügü (Tumulus) in the Soguksu valley is the most
vivid evidence of this history.
The most interesting places to visit are Kanlidivane
(Kanytelis), Korykos, Kiz Kalesi (Maiden's Fortress) in Erdemli;
Cennet-Cehennem Obrugu (Hell-and-Paradise Steep), Silifke and
Tokmar Fortress in Silifke; Mamure Fortress in Anamur; Mut
Fortress and Alahan in Mut; Cleopatra Gate, St.Paul Church,
St.Paul Well which is believed to contain therapeutic waters and
Yediuyurlar Cave, and Viransehir (Pompeiopolis) near Mersin.
The Göksu basin offers year-round tourism due to its topographic
structure, flora and fauna and mild climate.
Worldwide famous rafting sportsmen, as well as members of the
national and international press, will gather to promote the
region during the "Rafting Coruh" event. The popularity of
rafting will enhance the potential of tourism in Turkey, and the
sportsmen will enjoy this most exciting sport in one of the most
spectacuullar natural settings of the world...
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