situated between the villages of Incekum and Okurcalar about 38km
north-west of Alanya. It lies on the banks of the Alara river and is
only a short 8 or 9 km drive inland from the D400, the main
The remains of
Alara Castle can be seen in the photo below. The castle is built on
a very steep cone shaped rock and must have been very intimidating
to potential invaders in the past. The entrance to Alara castle must
be approached via secret tunnels in the rock. If you plan to visit
it, wear sensible shoes or boots since it takes around 45 minutes to
climb to the top. The tunnels can be dark in places, so it is
recommended that you take a torch with you.
Once you reach the
top, there are beautiful views of the Alara river and the Alarahan
Caravansary (Alarahan Caravanserai) below.
Alara River Alarahan Caravansary
Built in 1231, the
Alarahan Caravansary served traders and merchants for hundreds of
years. This continued until the decline of the Silk Road, a once
popular trading route of an ancient Chinese civilization that linked
Europe and Asia. After this decline, the Alarahan Caravansary was
abandoned and later used as sleeping quarters by members of the
Mevlevi Order also known as Whirling Dervishes.
Today, the Alarahan
Caravansary is now an important tourist attraction and is probably
one of the best preserved caravansaries in Turkey. It is also the
first restored caravansary in the world under the Silk Road scheme.
The restoration has led to Alarahan being included in the world
heritage list by the world tourism organization.
The Restoration Presentation of
The Alarahan Caravansary which was built in 1231
is mostly ruins since it has not been used properly since the 19th
century. The transformation of the historical buildings into usable
residences is the most effective method for protection.
The historical buildings are the collective
property not only of the countries over which they are located but
also of humanity and preventing damage of the historical buildings
in the course of their utilization.
It is to these ends that the restoration of
Alarahan Caravansary has been realised in accordance with the
provisions of the Enice Regulation which includes the fulfilment of
The restoration which lasted for two years was
done under the supervision of the Board of Auditing for the
protection of the cultural and natural riches of Antalya attached to
the General Directorate of Wakfs.
Wakf is a permanent dedication of movable or immovable properties
for religious, pious or charitable purposes as recognized by Muslim
Law, given by philanthropists. The grant is known as
mushrut-ul-khidmat, while a person making such dedication is known
The functions of the of the project directorate
has been carried out by Miss Fatima Eren in consultations with Prof
D. Aysil Yavuz Tukel and assistant professor Emre Madran. The
restoration works have been fulfilled by the Pusat Architectural
that has leased the construction for a period of 49 years under
“restore, manage and transfer the building.”
The Alarahan Inscription
Three parts of the inscription located within
the arched part of the entrance door of the inn disappeared. The
presentation of the inn is made by the following text within the
(The disappeared part) – The biggest
The great Sultan of the Sultans.
His nations are the owner of the necks
The Master of the Arabian and the Persian
Fair Sultan, the conqueror of the world towns,
The Sultan of the land, sea, Greek, Damascus
Armenian and sunrise
The better of the world, son of religion
The son of Kılıç
The friend of the believers Emir
As well as the
castle and the caravansary, there are a number of other amenities in
the area including fishing, swimming, mud baths, specialized massage
Mudbath in Alarahan
Kids Play Area