Not far from Antalya, the coastal city of Turkey, there is a small unmanned island known as Kekova. The tranquility of the place is quite mesmerizing. The water is blue and transparent which is why the Turkish term ‘Kekova’ is chosen as the name for the island.
The island is known to the world as a mysterious attraction under the water, a lost city. The water acts as a looking glass through which the part of the sunken city can be clearly seen. Taking the mystery to the new level, the previous ban for diving in this curious site has been partially lifted and divers are allowed for restricted ventures in 32 sites.
The ruins date back to 2nd century AD. The city was a trading post for the contemporary civilization that was devastated by earthquakes. Anyone can see the ruins underwater while traveling on a boat or a kayak. The ban was commenced on 1986 in order to protect the lost heritage of the sunken city by the government. However, it is good news for the history buffs and archaeologists that the ban has been partially lifted and 32 sites can be visited in this UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Tourism and Culture ministry of Turkey is taking this lift as a perfect measure to increase influx of tourists in the particular seasons. The Mayor of Antalya, Münir Karaloğlu proposed the cessation of the ban and to diversify the prospects of tourism in the country. In fact, the cessation has been welcomed by the enthusiasts. The tourists will be properly guided by the archaeologists and trained guides to dive and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the lost city under water.
The harbor, stone staircases, houses, and public buildings will be a delight to watch submerged in the blue water. UNESCO also approved this venture and wants the tourists to witness the perfect example of lost culture and heritage.