Mud Baths & Thermal Springs
Sultaniye Thermal Bath & Mud Baths
Along the channel of the delta from Kï¿½ycegiz are The Sultaniye Thermal baths the water is 40 degrees C .The water has been used since Hellenistic times, first by the Carians then the Byzantines. The ruins from these buildings are now submerged.
The waters which contain radioactive elements (harmless) and Hydrogen sulphur are believed to cure rheumatism, skin disorders, liver, spleen and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders. The Mud baths are also said to remedy rheumatism as well as cleanse and beautify the skin.Popular belief states that a mud bath will take ten years off you.
Once you have covered yourself in the mud you then wait for it to dry in the sun. The sulphur pool in which you clean yourself after your Mudbath is also at a temperature of 40 degrees. Situated next to a natural channel between Koycegiz Lake and the Mediterranean Sea, the Riza Cavus Thermal Baths form a water pool and a mud pond, with a flow rate of about eight liters per second. The mud and mineral baths can accommodate 1,000 persons per day. A second spring, Velibey Thermal Baths, is located 1.5 km north of Riza Cavus, has similar qualities and a flow rate of 20 litres per second.Physio-chemical characteristics and indications
The Riza Cavus natural hot springs contain sodium chloride, hydrogen sulfur, bromide, fluoride, natural radio active (3,770 picokuri/ liter = 139 bekerel/liter), with a total salt and mineral content of 28 gr/lt. Temperature of the mud and water is 30 to 38 C, and PH about 6.5. Having very attractive physio-chemical qualities, these hot springs are good for the treatment of rheumatic, dermatological and gynaecological diseases, as well as neurological and physical exhaustion.
Treatments & Accommodation
The Koycegiz baths do not offer overnight accommodation. Most visitors stay at small hotels and pensions in nearby Dalyan. The baths can be reached from Dalyan by small boats. The treatment consists of covering the body with a layer of mud and then soaking in the hot mineral waters.