Oylat and Avjylar caves in the northwestern Turkish provinces of Bursa and Balykesir contain the most striking examples of underground geological formations of the Southern Marmara Sea with their stalactites and stalagmites.
The Oilat cave is located in the Imel region of the Bursa province. It was formed on fault lines for about 3 million years.
The cave consists of two interconnected levels and has a winding shape.
The cave has a total length of 720 mmeters. “Suspended” on the slope of the canyon, it fascinates with its stalactites and stalagmites 7-8 meters high.
Oilat annually visit about 300 thousand tourists.
According to the mayor of INEGEL Alper Taban, the cave is located in the area where thermal sources of Oilat and the Oilat waterfall are located.
According to him, the temperature inside the cave, the height of which reaches 93 meters, is 18 degrees, both in the summer and in the winter periods.
“They say that the cave is much longer than it is considered. It can extend to Bursa. It resembles a secret treasure hidden in the forest, in a territory located at an altitude of about 750 meters above sea level,” he said in a conversation with ” Anadola “.
The head of the municipality noted that Oilat is attracting more and more visitors every year.
He said that for the convenience of visitors it is planned to create an observation terrace at the entrance to the cave.
Patients with diseases such as bronchitis and asthma often experience relief after visiting the cave. This was stated by the operating manager of the cave Oilat Citka Milli. According to him, humidity here is 85 percent.
The limestone cave Avjylar is located in the Kyzylchur region of the Balykesir. It was discovered in 2012 by a local resident Mehmet Altai, who announced the opening of the university professor Balykesir Abdulle Zhuykan.
The depth of the cave is 22.5 meters, and the length is 145 meters. There are stalactites, stalagmites and stone columns inside.
According to Abdullah Zhuikan, the researchers found that the cave developed in a vertical direction.
The scientist said that the Avjylar cave consists of limestone, whose age has millions of years.
The cave consists of 3 sections: vertical, horizontal and then again vertical. In fact, if the limestone in this area was thicker, a much larger cave could form here, ”the professor said.
He also drew attention to the location of the cave. According to him, the Corridor Edremit Altynoluk in the southern part of the KAZ mountains is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Turkey.
According to Zhikan, the tourist potential of the cave can be increased by landscape design
“The cave has many features, including beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns and” drip stones “,” he said.
The professor added that the temperature in the cave in the summer and winter period remains at 13 – 14 degrees.