Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld

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Pyrgos Dirou, Greece
Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld - the exit end of the cave where i can finally take a pic with a tripod to expose the real color of the pyrgos dirou water cave system.
Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld - underground waterways that leads to different parts of the cave system. look how clear the water is with the reflection from stalactites and stalagmites ((the cam is with flash  again ugh)
Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld - me in front of the entrance, as usual smoking lol.
Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld - the pathway to the exit - around half a kilometer after the boat trip. look to the left: see how the limestone kept growing and eating the steel railing? ^^
Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld - small and big limestone stalactites thats still growing - that means the cave is healthy and in good condition! (the cam is with flash ugh)
Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld - at the entrance of the cave with our boatman (in white), stratis and other tourists lol - phone pic.
Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld - bouys float on the waterway as guides to the boatmen so that they wont get lost lol - i think?!

Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld Pyrgos Dirou Reviews

lauro lauro
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Diros Caves: The Gates of the Underworld Nov 24, 2012
what i find so interesting about the ancient greeks was that they believed so much in supernatural deities that everything that surrounds them corresponds to certain forces that are connected to the twelve olympian gods and demi-gods.

in the age of gods and heroes before the bronze age civilizations (minoan and mycenean) the very ancient greeks (neolithic civilization: more than 6000 years ago) believed that the area around mani peninsula (because of the wild and untamed landscape) was the edge of their world and the caves of diros (pyrgos dirou) was the gates of the underworld and the realm of hades because of its dark, winding and labyrinth features and a "flowing river" which the boatman charon (in the greek mythology) ferries the dead across the river styx into their destination in the underworld - whether it be tartarus, the elysian fields or in the asphodel meadows.

in actuality, the diros caves is a huge network of watercaves that runs kilometers deep into the mani peninsula. the longest reaches can be more than 15 kms of underwater network but the only explorable lenght is only around 1.5 kilometers. the water depth is around 6 cm to 60 meters deep. the water is crystal clear! the show cave for the tourists are well lighted with gigantic cables to support great amounts of electricity to see the growing stalactites and stalagmites - a sign of a healty cave. the lighting of different colors: red, yellow, blue and green adds drama to the limestone formations of the cave. at the very center of the cave - is the great hall! the widest and biggest part of the cave system - illuminated by different colors of light that it made it look like the throne room of hades himself - the god of the underworld!

the cost of the tour inside the water cave system of pyrgos dirous is ONLY 6 euros (november pprice) for the 1 hour tour with a boat and guide! very cheap though but the guide will only talk in greek, so if you dont have any greek companions it would be difficult to understand what he was saying unless you already have researched about the cave informations.

it is also known as the cave of vlihada if your following directions with a car and i recommend to base yourself in gytheio, the largest town in the mani peninsula about an hour and half from the cave.

the only part that i was dissapointed that we are on a moving boat and its difficult to take pics of the cave and water with long exposure to reveal its true colors but at the end of the boat ride - there is still around half a kilometer of pathway to walk into the exit which you can enjoy taking pics (withouth water) of the cave system.

but all in all, i recommend taking a tour inside the diros caves! its an amazing experience to be a part of ancient greek mythology and i tell you the water of the cave system is so unbelievably clear!
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lauro says:
lol hahahahaha ^^
Posted on: Jan 04, 2013
vances says:
I'll bring my own shot glass...at least you won't have to do dishes...

:^)
Posted on: Jan 02, 2013
lauro says:
ha you just said it because you want a shot of ouzo lol ^^
Posted on: Jan 02, 2013
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