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Exploring Drogarati Cave in Kefalonia

Exploring Drogarati Cave in Kefalonia

3km from the beautiful coastal town of Sami on the island of Kefalonia, deep within the trees and winding road lies a very special place once hidden for million of years, it is Drogarati Cave.

Before a strong earth quake opened it up for the world to see around 300 years ago, Drogarati Cave laid hidden 60 metres underground for what researchers estimate to be 100 million years (during the age of dinosaurs!). Although appearing to be one room, Speleologists have confirmed that the cave has an extension which means that it must be connected with other caves in the area that (unfortunately for us) are currently inaccessible for curious cave explorers. Initially, Drogarati Cave was developed and used by the community of Haliotata, under the supervision of the speleologist Mrs Petrocheilos, but since 1963 it has been open to the public and is now one of Kefalonia’s “must-see” places.

Making my way down the slippery steps to the cave entrance, I felt more concerned about breaking my neck on the way down than excited about exploring a dinosaur-era cave! But once safely at the bottom of the stairs, I ducked down and entered Drogarati Cave, and well…wow!

Entrance to Cave Drogaratic Caves

Back lit Drogarati Caves

Bright Light Roof Drogarati Caves

Back of the Drogarati Caves

The thing that surprised me the most was just how chilly it was. Coming from the outside temperature of 36°C and heading down into a damp cave that was a cool 18°C with 90% humidity was an adjustment.

Walking down from the entrance, the rocks make a perfectly positioned ‘balcony’ that allows you to see right to the back of the cave with warm coloured flood lights so you can see the cave’s every nook and cranny. After some initial camera shots looking down over the cave, we gently walked down a slope that took us in a circle to all the cave’s many corners. The stalactites and stalagmites were mesmerising and you forgot to look forward as you spent most of your time looking up at the ceiling at the various formations.

The cave’s stalactites and stalagmites have been created by the rain, which comes through the rocky level of the cave, corroding it and depositing its elements on the edge of the stalactites. A stalactite only grows 1cm every 100 years, how crazy is that? I felt so sad when our guide said that unfortunately many stalactites are broken, some because of the earthquakes, but others because of lack of human sense for the magnificent natural piece of work. Up close the formations were so intricate and glistened through the rain water under the flood lights which made the whole room feel really atmospheric.

But Drogarati Cave isn’t just there to look pretty, oh no, it’s also a venue for musical events! The locals nickname it: “Sala of Apotheosis” because of its perfect acoustics. The cave is only about 900 square metres (which is pretty small for a cave) but musical events are regularly organised here with even the famous opera singer Maria Callas once performing here.

Up close Drogarati Cave

Cave View from the Rock Formation Drogarati Caves

Drogarati Cave is quite small so you will probably only need 45 minutes to walk through and take a proper look around. The cave is really interesting and as you walk round you see it from all it’s different perspectives, making it a great photo opportunity for holiday makers and amateur cave explorers alike.

I would advise that like with Melissani Lake, that you see the cave as part of a day tour. I only paid £36.50 for a full 8 hour day tour with a local guide and saw: Melissani Lake, Drogarati Cave, Fiskardo Bay, Port Agia Efimia and Myrtos Beach. It was well worth it, it would have probably cost us more money to hire a car! This way you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as you are taken around by a local who is experienced with the roads.

Have you ever been to Drogarati Cave? What did you think? :)

Mel x

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Hi, I’m Mel! The adventure-seeking vegan travel blogger behind Footsteps on the Globe. On this blog you'll find my latest adventures, travel inspiration as well as tips and tricks on how to be vegan around the world. You don’t have to give up being vegan to follow your travel dreams and I’m here to show you how!