Vlychada Cave Diros Mani One of the most enchanting caves in the world lies on the western coast of the Laconian peninsular, in the bay of Diros.
With the utmost patience and artistry, nature has fashioned a wonder beyond imagination beneath the austere landscape of Mani.
Brilliant white stalactites and stalagmites and impressive glittering crystal drapes decorate every corner creating a breathtaking spectacle.
The existence of the cave was known to locals from around 1900.
No one, however, suspected the wonders hidden in its interior until 1949, when Yiannis and Anna Petrocheilou, founders of the Hellenic Speleological Society, began to explore it systematically.
Up until 1960 they had explored and charted 1600metres, while today the known length of the cave is 14 kilometres! In 1970 the first underwater exploration took place.
Exploration continues to this day both above and beneath the water with cave diving. Inside the cave have been found fossilized bones of panthers, hyenas, lions, deer, ferrets and the largest collection of hippopotamus bone in Europe.
Pottery has also been found near the cave, indicating the presence of man.
The tourist route has total length of 1500 metres. The first 1300 metres are on a lake and it takes about 250minutes to tour by boat.
The cave is open to visitors from 08:30 to 15:00 from October to May and until 17:30 from June to September.