Duden waterfalls are a collection of waterfalls that are made from recycled water. While the water of the falls is recycled, the falls themselves are a sight to see for those wanting to see the more natural part of Antalya. Many sinkholes are found within the area, with some of them able to swallow lakes or rivers.
The Turkish Trip: A Brief Guide on Antalya Duden Waterfall's Tour and Attractions
1. The potholes of Dudenbasi
One might not find peace and tranquility by watching a sinkhole swallow waters, but there are those who would find new things by looking at it. If you are not interested in geology, then sinkholes probably would not be very interesting to you. If you are interested in the study, however, then you can learn so many things from the potholes within the waterfalls. Potholes are holes that suck water in, creating a sort of swirling water effect that might be interesting for some to see. If you do give the potholes a look, be sure not to get too close or you might fall. The holes might not suck so good on the outside, but do not test nature because when you got sucked in, it would be hard (or borderline impossible) for you to get out.
2. The upper Duden waterfalls
The upper Duden waterfall is a waterfall that is located several kilometres from the city centre. The people have described the place as a piece of heaven in Turkey thanks to its natural beauty. Nicknamed the Alexander Falls as well, the area surrounding the falls are all green, meaning you would not find anywhere else more natural in Antalya than this place. While the waterfalls themselves are made of recycled water, nature has taken part in beautifying the surrounding area of the upper Duden waterfall.
3. The waterfall tombs
Underneath the upper Duden waterfalls are tombs, all engraved in rocks. Here, you can learn a bit about the history of Antalya or you can just do some sight-seeing.
4. The waterfall picnic spot
While the waterfall picnic is not a traditional tourist sport per se, you can go on a picnic near the upper waterfalls. There are spaces near the waterfall that you can use for a picnic trip. If you want to rest your bones and enjoy the nature accompanied by a hearty meal, the picnic spot should be the place to visit.
5. Lower Duden Waterfalls
The lower Duden waterfalls is a collection of waterfalls that are located 8 kilometres from the centre of Antalya. The waterfalls are definitely closer to the sea than the upper ones, but you can be sure that the beauty is unchanged. In fact, some people think that the lower waterfalls are even more beautiful than the upper waterfalls. The upper waterfalls might be surrounded in lush greeneries and scenic sights of the nature surrounding it, the lower waterfalls beat it in the waterfall department. The waterfall is definitely higher in the lower falls, meaning the lower waterfalls are beautiful thanks to its falls alone. Be very careful when you are in the vicinity of the fall, however, as the fall stood as high as 40 metres. Yes, there is the sea underneath it, but who is to say that the fall would not put you in a traumatic state?
6. The Genclik park
Located just next to the lower Duden waterfalls, the Genclik park is the best place to see the waterfall. People have described the place as having a picturesque sight, making it a perfect place to visit if you found yourself in a Duden waterfall tour.
How to Get Tickets?
If you want to visit the waterfalls, both the lower and upper waterfalls are free to visit. There is no need for you to pay an admission fee. Just enter the park and enjoy the view. Supposedly, there is a two and a half Lira fee that you need to pay, but many people do not pay for it and just walked inside the park.
How To Get Around?
The only way to get around the waterfall is to walk. The park is very natural, meaning using anything else aside from walking is not a good way to preserve the nature.
What Should I Wear?
Wear something comfortable for you, but do not forget to always wear shoes or sandals that are not slippery. The waterfalls and the surrounding area can be pretty slippery at a time, so if you plan on getting close to it, be sure to put on your anti-slip shoes or footwear. For the general clothing rule, do not be afraid of being impolite because Turkish people are pretty secular with how they practice their religion.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the falls is in the afternoon, right after the sun moved from its highest point. There is no reason why you want to sunbathe near the waterfalls, and the place can get humid if you go there by noon. 16:00 or 17:00 are good times for you to visit because the sun is not high around those times. Alternatively, you can go there at the break of dawn, somewhere around 6:00 but not after 8:00. In the morning, the park would definitely be more peaceful for the lack of people.
Will I Need a Guide?
Getting lost is hard in here, so there is no definite reason why you should be needing a guide. There are cheap guides to hire if you do need one, though. A tour will cost somewhere around two to five Turkish Lira, but it all depends on the numbers of people in your entourage.
How To Get There?
From Antalya, you can take the bus from Otogar. If you found yourself out of Antalya, however, you can still hail for a bus and the bus will take you straight to Duden as long as you are headed for the right place. Alternatively, you can go with dolmus, which is a sort of shared minibus, number VC30 in Sarampol. Ride the dolmus up to the last stop and you will arrive at Duden. There is also a boat trip for 25 Lira if you want to go on a boat and swim around the lower waterfalls.
If you are looking for accommodations close to the waterfalls, you are better off renting a room by Kaleici, a nice old area in Antalya. The hotels over there are cheap and they gave excellent services. Those hotels would be a nice resting place when you go on a Duden waterfall tour.