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Kow Ata Underground Lake

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A place with a lot of potential

About an hour drive from Ashgabat. Has a restaurant next to it (we haven't used it) with shashlyks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tbilisi, Georgia
Better Than I Expected

I wasn't so sure I wanted to stop for a swim at Kow-Ata Lake, but it was on our way to Balkanabat... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2018
Austin, TX
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“cave”(6 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Baharlynsky etrap, Ashgabat 744000, Turkmenistan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

About an hour drive from Ashgabat. Has a restaurant next to it (we haven't used it) with shashlyks. Pretty steep stairs and a pool that we were not willing to jump to. And a loooot of pigeons.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank iopheam
Reviewed 24 May 2018

I wasn't so sure I wanted to stop for a swim at Kow-Ata Lake, but it was on our way to Balkanabat, so I decided to give it a go. You approach the lake by a staircase that descends about 200 feet underground. The steps...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Barton21
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The Kow Ata underground Lake in Bahardenskaya Cave is a sulphurous warm spring that (don’t think about it too much but probably lots of bat guano so not sure I would drink it) supposedly offers healing properties. We took a dip in it and it...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank JGDynamo
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This lake is considered to be one of the local attractions near Ashgabat but it didn't impress me much - long and steep staircase which is slip sometimes, a lot of people in a pretty small area (may be becasue it was Sunday)

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank MichaelK924
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Well it was 35C outside and I'm not sure why I thought it would be cooler in an underground lake and cavern... but it really wasn't. You will go from hot and dry to hot and humid (at least in the summer). I suppose this...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank 235carlim
Reviewed 29 September 2016

It is one of the best attraction I've done in my life. Need to see it and to swim in it. Water is hot. Don't be scared of a sulfur smell.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Pavel Z
Reviewed 5 August 2016

The underground lake is a bit of a trip outside the city - about 90 minutes. You buy tickets at the door (different prices for locals and foreigners) and then begin your decent down. The first two flights are rather steep but well lite from...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank LucyD925
Reviewed 11 July 2016

First how to get there. If you start from the Ashgabad Railway Station it is a straight road right from the oval roundabout towards west, ( supposed there are no road constructions and diversions nearby ) and rails should be on your right - this...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank JJ31415
Reviewed 22 March 2016

I think it is one of the best place place to visit for outdoor adventure. Kow Ata is located 100km away from Ashgabat, but it worth the trip. Kow Ata is cave with natural underground lake in it. The water in lake remains always 33-38...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Migo60745
Reviewed 23 November 2015

This attraction is about 7 km off the main road between Ashgabat and Balkanabat. There is an exhibit of native nomad temporary shelters that were quite interesting. There were also places to get things to eat and drink before or after you went to the...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Don B
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