The spectacular Jeita Grotto, caves of stalactites and stalagmites are located just 20 km (13 miles) north of Beirut in the valley of Nahr al Kalb (Dog River). The limestone caves, beneath the wooded hills of Mount Lebanon, consist of two levels; an upper gallery and a lower cave. The upper gallery is an awesome natural collection of crystallized limestone of various colors and shapes and fascinating rock formations. Hundreds of years of action of limestone in water have resulted in these cathedral-like vaults, amazing walls and unusual curtain-like formations. This gallery can be explored on foot.
The lower gallery has an underground waterway, a 6230 m long river, which can be visited by boat. The temperature remains stable in the grottos for the whole year; 16 ?C in the lower cave and 22 ?C in the upper cave.
Location: 20 kms north of Beirut, in the valley of the Dog River (Nahr El Kalb)
Timings: Tue-Sun 9am-6pm (until 5pm in winter)
Open Mon in Jul-Aug; closed for 4 weeks in Jan-Feb (please visit the website for exact details