Puka caves

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Adventurous and well-prepared explorers have no problem heading into the underworld around Puka, as some 50 large cave systems have been discovered so far below the karstic mountains. The sounds you hear inside the Zana or Cliff of Fairies cave near Qerret is said to be the whispering of fairies - though dripping ground water may also be an explanation. The cliff face, meadows and an old mill nearby make this a very pleasant spot to visit. The Shpella e Orëve or Nymphs' Cave west of Shkozë requires ropes and helmets to explore; the calcium deposits on the cliff right outside give it the nickname 'golden mushroom'. On the shores of Lake Koman near Lëvrushk and reached by boat, the Kaurri or Monk's cave - named after the remains of a century-old ascetic monks’ dwelling near the entrance; kaurr is the local word for a devout Christian. It is 110 metres deep and up to 8 metres high, with Christian murals, stalactites, stalagmites and an exit at the top. The Kolika cave near Ukth is of yet unknown length, with the lovely Lesa gorge nearby. Finally, the Shqeli cliff with its cave, 12km southwast of Puka, form a logical place for the fortifications that date back to pre-Roman times - find it in lovely landscapes on the Dushi-Gomsiqe road.


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