DUPNISA CAVE AND ITS TOURISM POTENTIAL

Abstract

Author(s): Vedat KARADEN?Z

Dupnisa Cave is located on the northern slope of the Cave Source site, 6 km south of Sarpdere village of Demirköy district of K?rklareli province. The cave is 29 km from the town of Demirköy and 58 km from the city of K?rklareli. The cave, which consists of two floors and three caves with different elevations, has a total length of 2720 meters. From the caves, the Dry and K?z Caves are located in the vadose zone and they are fossil. The Sulu Cave, located on the lower floor, is active and semi-active. Dupnisa Cave is the first and only cave of Trakya that is opened to tourism and it is located within the Istranca forests which contain every shade of green. Besides the clean forest air and water resources, the beautiful structures inside the cave increase the touristic importance of the cave. For this reason, the 200-meter section of the Sulu Cave on the lower floor and the 250-meter section of the Dry Cave on the upper floor were opened to tourism in 2003. The K?z Cave is closed to tourism due to the density of bats. In this study, it is tried to reveal the touristic potential of Dupnisa Cave. With the increasing number of visitors in recent years, the cave is one of the important ecotourism centers of Trakya and its tourism sustainability is emphasized.

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