Epic Cave Bridges Baatara Gorge Waterfalls – Lebanon
These epic cave bridges aren’t from some fantastic movie set – they’re part of a real limestone cave. The Baatara Gorge Waterfall, or “Three Bridge Chasm,” in Tannourine, Lebanon was carved out of ancient limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater. It is located in the village of Balaa, between the cities of Laqlouq and Tannourine, Lebanon.
This unexpected waterfall drops 255 metres (837 ft.) into a cave and falls behind three natural bridges, which raise one above the other and overhang the chasm descending into Mount Lebanon. It can only be seen during the months of March and April, when the snows are melting.
The waterfall, which is fed by meltwater from Mount Lebanon, falls 255 meters into the chasm’s depths past 160-million-year-old limestone from the Jurassic period. Experiments carried out with flourescent dye in 1988 indicated that the water from the chasm emerges from underground at a spring in the nearby town of Mgharet al-Ghaouaghir.
Signs at the cave discourage visitors from standing on the bridges or coming to close to the edge – the edges are slippery, and the bridges may collapse under the weight of too many visitors.
The area is very popular for sport activities and you can find lots of people with climbing gear on the surrounding hills.
It is also possible to climb to the various levels of the cavern with no special equipment. But you have to be very careful exploring it as the ground is slippery at some parts.
- The best time to see the waterfall certainly is in spring, when the melting snow makes the waterfall flows stronger.
- Although it is possible to camp there, you may prefer to book a hotel since it’s an easy drive from Byblos or Batroun by car.
- Nearby hotels like the Byblos Sur Mer and Douma Hotel can surely provide you excursions and all info needed.
- The best time of the day for taking pictures (possibly) is in the afternoon. The first half of the day the waterfall appears against the sun, which gives you a hard time to take good pictures of it.
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