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The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Turkey

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Updated: 17 August 2017
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Turkey’s natural landscape is truly stunning, including everything from remote mountain villages to Mediterranean beaches, and much more. Of course, waterfalls are also part of the country’s natural wonders and we’ve rounded up the best to visit on your next trip.

Düden Waterfalls

Certainly one of Turkey’s most famous waterfalls, the Düden Waterfalls are separated into an upper and lower area, all of which are located in Antalya. The Dudenbaşı Waterfall (upper) is where locals go to cool off in the picnic areas all around, and this is also where the waterfall diverges into many smaller streams. These streams then end up flowing into the lower waterfall, which goes directly into the Mediterranean from a rather dramatic drop (best viewed from a boat on the water). The upper Düdenbaşı waterfall also has an amazing cave behind the flowing water than can be accessed via a narrow staircase.

Düden Waterfalls

Erikli Waterfall

One of the most famous waterfalls of the Marmara region, the Erikli Waterfall is almost hidden away among the trees. The mountain village of Erikli is also very much worth a visit, especially for hiking enthusiasts who will love the village’s many blooming fruit trees.

Ucansu Waterfall

One of the more undiscovered natural wonders of the Mediterranean region, the Ucansu Waterfall is situated among lush pine trees and is quite the impressive sight for those who discover it.

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Manavgat Waterfall

Sourced from the eastern part of the mighty Taurus Mountains, the Manavgat Waterfall’s water flows through mountains, forests, and canyons, finally ending up at the waterfall in Manavgat’s town center. The result is a beautiful wide waterfall that may not be high but definitely has a lot of power and beauty. Manavgat River is also a great place to take a boat tour, which includes stops to take a cool dip in the river.

Ilıca Waterfall

Located at the edge of the Ilıca village, the Ilıca Waterfall can be reached by foot on a lovely path that takes around 30 minutes. Flowing down from a height of around 10 meters, the waterfall is especially notable for all the beautiful flora that surrounds it as well as its beautiful lake where the water pools together.

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Kuşunlu Waterfall

The Kurşunlu Waterfall is especially notable for the beautiful pine trees all around the area (perfect for hiking) as well as the canyon, which shapes the waterfall. After an around 10 meter drop, the waterfall flows into a freshwater pool with many inhabitants such as tortoise, crab, and fish. The area also has picnic areas where locals and visitors relax in nature as well as a restored mill.

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Muradiye Waterfall

With a fantastic scenery, the large Muradiye Waterfall is impressive, especially in the winter when the water freezes. In the summer, visitors can cool down in the shade of the nearby forest as well as touring the other natural beauties of the Van region.

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Tortum Waterfall

One of the most tranquil of the waterfalls, Tortum Waterfall is located north of Erzurum in Eastern Anatolia. One of the highest waterfalls in the country, with a fall of 48 meters, Tortum flows into a beautiful lake that is surrounded by recreational areas including an observation platform where visitors can see the waterfall up close.

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Tatlıca Waterfall

Another natural wonder belonging to Turkey’s Black Sea region, the Tatlıca Waterfall drops down from a height of 15 meters into the Karasu River alongside a beautiful natural environment. Visitors often continue following the river in order to gaze at the many other waterfalls in the area. Tatlıca is also a great place to camp in the summer and autumn season between May and November.

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