Jeita Grotto

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sabahmh sabahmh
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Jeita Grotto,amazing cave in Lebanon. Nov 08, 2011
Overview of Jeita Grotto

It is an amazing ,incredible cave and a good touristic site in Lebanon.It is a site in Lebanon that you must visit,it is really one of the world great wonders ,it is very near to Beirut and it is only 15 minutes by car from Beirut center.

The sightseeing inside of the two caves is very imaginary and beautiful and surely will ignite a great deal of fancy in your mind ,you will feel yourself as if you are in space or on the moon.

How to reach the site.

It is very easy to reach this marvelous site By the car and that is by getting a taxi.Since the fuel in Beirut is expensive ,you need to pay about fifty dollars,
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spocklogic says:
Short on words, but offers high praise for sure. Sometimes I forget that enthusiasm speaks for itself and an abundance of words are not always necessary. Well done!
Posted on: Feb 11, 2012
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AMH76 AMH76
3 reviews
Amzing Place May 31, 2011
It is one of the most beautiful wonders of the world. I felt so privileged to be there.

It has cathedral high ceilings, some of the most amazing formations, and is quite deep. It was such an amazing experience. Both the upper and lower parts of the grotto were completely surreal. Please do visit this place if you get a chance!!

You can spend a few hours in this area, but not more than half a day. You cannot take your camera inside the cave (truly unfortunate) but there are lockers outside that you can place your belongings in (no charge). Prepare to just be breathtaken. A gondola takes you upto the top and then you take a little trolley down the mountain after you are done seeing the Upper Grotto. It is damp in the cave, and it might be chilly, so just wear full sleeves and you should be fine.
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Techboy Techboy
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A must see Apr 26, 2011
I arrived in Beirut a few days ahead of a 2 week food tour I was due to have there (http://www.getmecooking.com/article/review-of-taste-lebanon-a-culinary-journey-across-lebanon). Jumped in a taxi and headed towards the Beirut town centre.

While in the taxi I got talking to the driver who mentioned the Jeita Grotto. I had read about them but thought they were over an hour away from Beirut - in fact they are only about 20 minutes away, so I told him to take me there.

Upon arrival you have to buy a ticket then go up a cable cart. Then you have to hand in your cameras (into a safe), before being allowed into the cave.

Although I had read about them and seen photographs, I was totally blown away by them. They are huge. I mean HUGE. No wait, HUUUGE!!! If you haven't been there yet, you'll just have to trust me on this - and you have to go there sometime. If you go to Lebanon, you HAVE to see them.

The top cave takes around 30 minutes to casually walk to the far end of (as far as they will let you). You view the bottom cave from a small boat, which is great fun (and also cool, but not too cold).
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Techboy says:
Hi Janet, it was great. See my review here http://www.getmecooking.com/article/review-of-taste-lebanon-a-culinary-journey-across-lebanon Their new website went live today http://tastelebanon.co.uk/ please tell them I told you about them :-)
Posted on: May 19, 2011
Janet76 says:
How was the Culinary Journey trip? I'm thinking doing the same next April 2012.
Posted on: May 19, 2011
sabahmh sabahmh
49 reviews
Jeita Grotto ,How to reach this site and what about it. Nov 08, 2011
The most simple way to reach Jeita is by a Taxi ,although it is some what expensive because the fuel in Lebanon is costly and you need to pay about 50$ for a two ways ride to the site and back again to your hotel,you must negotiate about the price and if you don`t then you will pay more as drivers there are very greedy.You can also reach this place after you get a contact with a tourist agent in Beirut but this will cost more time.

Although the public bus is very cheap in Beirut ,but unluckily it will n`t reach the Jeita ,some tourist heading there by renting a bicycle .

The entrance fee is simple and it `s only 18$including transportation in the site.
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millsc97 millsc97
3 reviews
Fantastic Apr 19, 2011
This might be one of the most amazing natural attractions I have ever seen. It is completely under rated and is a definate must see for anyone visiting Beirut.

The only word of warning is that most travel guides say you can walk from the bus stop at the bottom of the hill, and although it is posible, I consider my self pretty fit, and in the summer heat, it was not a pleasant walk. If your budget can stretch, I'd splash out on a taxi!
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Johnpro Johnpro
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Fantastic Caves ! May 22, 2010
Jeita Grotto is a series of Karstic limestone caves located 18 kilometers from the Beirut, Lebanon. The grotto has a series of chambers known as lower caves and upper caves. These caves provide a major route for the underground rivers and fresh water to the city of Beirut.

The Jeita caves are found between the western mountains and is 330 feet above sea level. These caves formation is a result of limestone dissolution.

Jeita remained a popular attraction until the recent Lebanese conflict forced it to close in the mid 1970’s. Upon the initiative of Minister of Tourism Nicolas Fattouche, the Ministry charged the German company "Mapas" to renovate and re-equip its facilities by the most modern techniques and to operate the complex. On July 6, 1995, this natural wonder was again open to the public.

If you prefer land transportation, a Disney-like "train" pulled by a small replica of a steam engine makes regular runs up and down the hill between the parking area and the upper galleries.

Near the entrance to the upper galleries is an air conditioned theater which has scheduled showings of a film about Jeita in several languages. Check which time the language you want is shown so you can coordinate the film with your visit to the cave.

The tickets you have bought double as access cards and are inserted at the entry gates of the upper and lower galleries and for the cable car. Also keep them handy for the train and the theater. When departing, your parking ticket is needed to exit the gate.

The facility has several restaurants, snack bars and restrooms as well as souvenir shops selling Lebanese handicrafts. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm and Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. Closed on Mondays, unless it is a national holiday.

Photography is not permitted inside the caves !

Some outside photos to have a look and for more inside pictures check at Google !
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perfectguy perfectg…
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Jeita Grotto in Beirut Oct 09, 2009
Jeita Grotto is completely natural . It's a geological wonderI would say. Back in 2003 I couldn't take any photo. It is forbidden to film or take photo inside. Although this guy at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1XEDbcN9KI managed to do so. There are two parts of it : higher and lower. The lower is beyond beautiful and spectacular.
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