Baatara Gorge Waterfall is one of those wonders of nature that adorn Mother Earth and has been described as “one of the wonders of Lebanon.” This 850-feet triple waterfall was formed by breathtaking rock formations. The massive waterfall flows through three bridges of rocks and is also known as the three bridge chasm. The water had passed through a path on top of the rocks for centuries and became a waterfall by carving an alternative path through the rock cliffs. Baatara waterfall is located in Balaa village which is found between Laklouk and Tannourine in the north of Lebanon.
Baatara Gorge waterfall was discovered to the western world by French bio-speleologist Henri Coiffait. However, it wasn’t completely mapped until the 1980s when the mapping was carried out by the Spéléo club du Liban. It has been claimed that the rock formation is over 150 years old and that they date back to the times when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The sinkhole resulted from erosion of these ancient rocks.
At the beginning of spring, when the snow begins to melts, Baatara George fall is a sight to behold with water falling through the rocks and then through the chasm. This sinkhole attracts tourists from all over the world yearly and holds so much essence of nature till date. The waterfall which results from ice falling Mount Lebanon flows 250 fleets down the three bridges overhang and 100 feet down the chasm before it disappears.
March and April are the best times of this year to visit Baatara Gorge waterfall. The blooming flowers and mountainous view welcome one during the 5-mile hike from the entrance of the gorge to the waterfall itself. The view of the three bridges overhang and the chasm can be seen as one reaches the waterfall. The path can, however, be slippery and visitors are always advised to be careful on a trip to the waterfall.
The underneath area is a complex system of passages which one can explore with the eyes from afar, or for more daring adventurers, on a trip through the maze-like area. It is advised that visitors should stay away from the cliffs and bridges as they may cave in under heavy weight. Adventurers have been known to climb on the bridges and even take pictures on the cliff. Pictures are best taken in the afternoon when the view is not affected by the rays of the sun.
Baatara Gorge waterfall is a similitude of scenes from epic movies and is a reminder of the beauty there is to behold.