Turkey is a country that offers breathtaking scenery wherever you go, from Mediterranean beaches to remote mountain villages, with beautiful countryside offering luxurious views that stretch to the sky.
Among these natural wonders are an array of waterfalls (Turkish for waterfall is şelale) that can almost be overlooked – and they’re just too good to miss.
Originating from the eastern part of the mighty Taurus Mountains, the waters flow through mountains, forests and canyons, eventually ending up at the waterfall in downtown Manavgat. The result is a beautifully wide waterfall that may not be tall but certainly has a lot of power and beauty.
Near the waterfall there are tea gardens, a fish restaurant, recreation areas and souvenir shops. It is also possible to take a boat trip on the Manavgat River to further explore this beautiful area and cool off in the river.
Düden Waterfalls consist of two waterfalls located on the Lara Road in Antalya Province.
The Düdenbaşı Waterfall (top) has a cave behind the flowing water accessible by a narrow staircase. The streams of Düdenbaşı eventually flow into the lower waterfall, a spectacular waterfall that pours over the cliffs directly into the Mediterranean from a quite spectacular drop. The best view is from a boat on the water.
One of the most misunderstood natural wonders of the Mediterranean region, Uçansu Waterfall is set amongst lush pine trees in the southern province of Antalya and is quite an awe-inspiring sight for those who discover it. It is nicknamed the “hidden paradise in the forest”.
Kurşunlu Waterfall in Aksu District of Antalya is particularly notable for the beautiful pine trees all around the area (perfect for hiking) as well as the canyon that shapes the waterfall. After falling about 10 m (33 ft), the waterfall empties into a freshwater pool with many inhabitants such as turtles, crabs and fish. The area also has picnic areas where locals and visitors relax in nature as well as a restored mill.
Yerköprü Waterfall in Mut district in southern Turkey, Mersin, provides a visual treat for tourists from all over the world. The water falls from a height of 30 meters, into a turquoise lake 300 meters long and 15 meters deep.
In the eastern province of Van, known for the beautiful Lake Van, Muradiye Waterfall is an awe-inspiring sight, especially in winter when the water freezes. In summer, visitors can cool off in the shade of the nearby forest and visit the other natural beauties of the Van region.
Located in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri, Kapuzbaşı Waterfall is on one of the most beautiful hiking routes in Türkiye at an altitude of 3,756 meters. The waterfall comprises seven waterfalls fed by masses of snow and glaciers at the top of Mount Aladag flowing directly from the solid rock face, pouring down from a height of about 75 meters (246 feet).
Located in the southern province of Mersin, the Tarsus Waterfall was formed as a result of the diversion of the river’s course by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian to protect the city of Tarsus from water runoff. Around the waterfall there are cemeteries dating back to antiquity.
In spring, the waterfall offers beautiful natural scenery, and in summer, you can cool off in its icy water.
Formed after a landslide near the village of Balıklı in the 18th century, Tortum Waterfall is the largest waterfall in Türkiye and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The 21 meter wide and 48 meter high waterfall is in the Uzundere district of Erzurum and flows into a breathtaking lake, has a viewing platform and is surrounded by picnic areas -nice.
Located 17 km from Arhavi district in the northern province of Artvin, the Mençuna waterfalls consist of cascades falling a total of 90 meters.
The waterfall is accessible by a one-hour trail after turning off the vehicle road. Visitors can swim in the pond at the foot of the waterfall, or enjoy the view from the observation decks, and have a drink.
This natural wonder is definitely a must-see.
Girlevik Waterfall is located in the foothills of the Munzur Mountains in the eastern province of Erzincan, Turkey.
The waterfall, located 35 kilometers from the center of the city on the border of the village of Kalecik, is fed by nine natural springs from the mountains and offers a refreshing experience during the often hot summers.
Şeyhandede waterfall in Çermik district of southeastern Diyarbakır province is a well-kept secret that even few locals know about. This then makes something of a hidden paradise. The waters cascade from a height of 30 meters into a small lake. It is possible to swim in the icy waters here but it is not for the faint hearted! Because so few people now on this place, it remains completely unspoiled.
Sources: Daily Sabah/Cultural Trip/GoTürkiye/Wikipedia