Journey to Badab-e Surt

Nestled in the heart of Mazandaran, the Badab-e Surt springs offer a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty and therapeutic waters. As one of Iran's most unique natural attractions, these springs captivate with their distinct colors and properties and tell tales of geological wonders and ancient healing rituals. A visit to this region isn't just a trip; it's an experience of witnessing nature's magic firsthand. Embark on an unforgettable journey to Badab-e Surt and immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm that awaits you.
What makes Badab-e Surt springs unique?

Badab-e Surt comprises a series of terraced travertine spring formations in Mazandaran, Iran. These springs are unique due to their stunningly vibrant colors and terraced pools, formed over thousands of years by mineral deposits from the flowing water. The site is not only a natural wonder but also a geologically significant area showcasing rare carbonate mineral formations.

Badab-e Surt is accessible by road from the city of Sari in Mazandaran province. The closest major town is Orost, and from there, you can drive or take a local taxi to the site. The road is mountainous and can be rough, so a vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended.

The best time to visit Badab-e Surt is in the spring (March to May) or early autumn (September to October). During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant, enhancing the visual appeal of the colorful terraces.

Visitors should bring comfortable walking shoes for the trek to the springs, a camera to capture the stunning scenery, sunscreen, and plenty of water. It’s also advisable to bring snacks or a picnic, as there are limited facilities for buying food and drinks near the springs.

There may be a small entry fee to access the site, which contributes to its maintenance and preservation. Visitors are also expected to respect the natural environment by not littering and by avoiding any actions that could damage the delicate mineral formations, such as walking on the terraces.

Swimming is not allowed in the terraces at Badab-e Surt to preserve the natural mineral formations and maintain the site’s ecological balance. However, the site offers plenty of opportunities for photography and simply enjoying the serene and unique landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions: Visiting Badab-e Surt Springs

One of the natural attractions in Iran is the Badab-e Surt Springs, located in the Chahardangeh district, south of Sari. Badab-e Surt springs are a unique example of mineral water springs, with the only other similar spring found in Turkey, making Badab-e Surt the second saltwater spring in the world. “Badab” means carbonated water, and “Surt” implies intensity. These springs are intriguing because they have two sources with entirely different properties. Each feature, including color, smell, taste, and water volume, differs. One spring is saltier, has a diameter of about 15 meters, and is profound. This spring does not freeze in winter due to its high salinity. Many people visit this spring for its therapeutic properties, especially joint pains and skin dermatitis, and immerse themselves in its healing waters, making it vital for locals.

 

The second spring is not salty; it tastes sour, and the water is tinted red and orange. However, these springs alone do not count as Iran’s most beautiful natural attraction. The terraces and small pools formed on the mountain slopes by these springs are the main attraction. The sedimentary and mineral water flow from these springs has created hundreds of layers and dozens of small pools, especially beautiful during sunrise and sunset. These springs are located at 1840 meters near a village called Orost. The best time to visit is in May when the weather is moderate, and bathing in the warm waters of Badab-e Surt can be delightful. Moreover, during this month, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the route even more. To travel to this location, you can drive about an hour from Sari and enjoy the area’s beauty.

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