Journey to Badab-e Surt
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.