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Kow Ata Underground Lake

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Baharlynsky etrap, Turkmenistan
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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
Barton21
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Austin, TX
Ata Kow

The Kow Ata underground Lake in Bahardenskaya Cave is a sulphurous warm spring that (don’t think... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
JGDynamo
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New Brunswick, Canada
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  • Average7%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Baharlynsky etrap, Turkmenistan
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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

Thank Barton21
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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

1  Thank JGDynamo
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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)

Thank Michael K
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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

Thank Carli M
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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.

Thank Pavel Z
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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

1  Thank LucyD925
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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

Thank JJ31415
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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

Thank Migo60745
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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

Thank Don B
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

Bakharden cave is one of a fairly ancient geological age of the cavities, the lower part is now filled with thermal waters. The lake is a long stairway of 350 steps with backlight,The lake water treating elements 38 contain sulfur, iodine, magnesium, potassium, sodium sulfate,...More

1  Thank DJ_SHAN
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