Saturday, 02 December 2023
Cave Paradise of the Taurus: Derebucak

Cave Paradise of the Taurus: Derebucak

The foundation of our Derebucak district dates back to 1200-1300 years. At first, it was connected to Antalya and Akseki district, and in 1900, it was separated from Akseki and connected to our Seydişehir district. In 1967, a municipal organization was established and made subordinate to Beyşehir. Derebucak became a district and gained the identity of a district de facto in August 1998. 140 km from Konya city center. Derebucak to the west; It is located between the highlands, hills and caves of the Taurus Mountains waiting to be discovered and the charming districts of Konya.

The soil structure of Derebucak is generally sandy and calcareous. GocaDere, one of the main rivers of the region, rises from Çamlık and sinks in the sinkhole in the Gembos Plain. There are also a few streams, although smaller. Mountains; it is often covered with coniferous trees, such as cypress, pine, spruce, juniper. Balat Cave in the center of Derebucak, which attracts attention with its caves, and Suludere and Körikini Caves in Çamlık can be considered among the interesting centers. The Hittite relief found in Taşpınar Village proves that the settlement in the region dates back to the Hittite period.

In Derebucak, which has 4 towns and 4 villages, the livelihood of the people is carpet making, shotgun manufacturing and animal husbandry, and since 1968, they have started to go abroad as workers. As a result of the dispatch of workers to European countries, cooperatives were expanded. Since Derebucak has a mountainous structure in general, agricultural areas are not sufficient compared to the population. Commercial activity in the district generally continues in the form of small tradesmen. In places where irrigated agriculture is done, products such as potatoes, tomatoes, beans, corn, onions, and in areas where dry agriculture is done; wheat, barley and chickpeas are produced. As a variety of vegetables and fruits, all kinds of fruits and vegetables grown in the climate of the region are grown.

Apart from the small streams flowing in the spring, Derebucak has streams called Gocadere, Düden and Hüsün. Surrounded by lush forests, sparkling streams, colorful plants, and flowers like the rainbow, Derebucak is also a paradise city with many caves. A traditional festival is held in the district every year in July with the name of Derebucak Caves Promotion and Highland Festival, and local dances are performed at the events