The Lotus Garden, located in Beyşehir, Konya, within Turkey’s second-largest national park, the Beyşehir Lake National Park, has been captivating a multitude of visitors with its enchanting beauty.
Situated along the shores of Beyşehir Lake in the Çiftlik neighborhood, this garden boasts the largest congregation of water lilies (Lotus) in Turkey, spanning an impressive area of 7 kilometers in length and 400 meters in width. To witness the mesmerizing water lilies up close, boat tours are organized for those eager to experience this natural wonder. Ever since the area was introduced to tourism a few years ago, the boat tours have attracted significant interest from visitors arriving in the district. Departing from the Çiftlik neighborhood port, the boats offer a unique opportunity to get a close view of the stunning water lilies. Visitors enthusiastically capture photographs of the Lotus flowers, eagerly sharing their visuals on social media with followers and loved ones.
Erdoğan, who has been fishing in Beyşehir Lake for years and has cherished memories of the Lotus Garden from his childhood, explained that the local community and fishermen referred to the water lilies as “zambak” (lily). He expressed, “This place existed in our childhood as well. However, its recognition and transformation into a tourist attraction are relatively recent. The Beyşehir Lake spans an area of 7 kilometers in length and 400 meters in width. It hosts Turkey’s largest congregation of water lilies, showcasing beautiful blooms in white and yellow hues. Since its opening to tourism and the initiation of boat tours, we have been delighted to witness an overwhelming influx of visitors, surpassing our expectations.
The Lotus Garden stands as a testament to the hidden gems found in the heart of Konya, beckoning travelers from near and far to immerse themselves in the splendor of this natural spectacle. As tourism continues to flourish, it is imperative to preserve and cherish this unique treasure, ensuring that future generations can marvel at the allure of the Lotus Garden in the Beyşehir Lake National Park.