Bored of city life and planning a trip to Antalya? You may haven't heard of Kursunlu Waterfalls, but now you have, and you should add it to your list. Kurşunlu Waterfall, home to an exciting range of species, is the destination of winter visitors with its amazing views, waterfalls, wildlife, and endemic plants.
Antalya is already known for its natural beauty, and after Kursunlu Waterfalls were discovered in 1986, Antalya's natural beauty just got better. Then, it is opened as a nature park for the visitors. The view of Kurşunlu Waterfalls looks just like a forest from the outside with a gushing waterfall surrounded by lush forests, small lakes, and unique flora.
While being 20 km away from the city, Kursunlu Waterfalls has 300,000 visitors per year. 261 plant species accompany the beautiful nature of Kursunlu Waterfalls, including 14 endemic plants. Also, wild animals such as ducks, common coots, common moorhens, cormorants, finches, snipes, rabbits, and foxes can be seen there. In 2018, 6,198,000 people visited nature parks of Turkey, and 300,000 of them were visitors of Kursunlu. The waterfall mainly attracts tourists from Germany, Russia, and the Middle East.
A 2-kilometer canyon shapes the surroundings of the waterfall, which falls from an elevation of 18 meters and connects seven tiny lakes via minor falls. The waterfall may not seem large, yet, the waterfall has an area called Plant Tunnel. This area attracts visitors because of the flora, but can not be seen in winter, unfortunately.
The waterfalls are fed by a spring called "Gelin düşen" (fall of the bride) four kilometers away. Avcı, the operator of the waterfall, said they were satisfied with tourists' interest in the waterfall and emphasized that the flow of water increases and creates a better appearance, especially in the winter months.