MELLISANI UNDERGROUND LAKE
Melissani is a steep-sided cave (3.5 km long, 40m wide and 36m high) where its salt waters fed by the stream that disappears underground at Argostoli. The water is a gorgeous deepblue and the boatmen enteraining.
Melissani lake was discovered in 1951 by the speleologist Gianni Petrochilo (he and his wife Anna discovered also Dyros in Mani). Later a major part of the roof collapsed, revealing a marvelous view. At the lake's rock formation - referred to as the "island" is where the great archeologist Spyridon Marinatos (the Professor who also discovered the ancient city at Akrotiri Santorini) discovered the sanctuary of Panas, which findings were few but very sgnificant and have been moved to Argostoli's Archeological Museum.
The grotto is host to stalactites and stalagmites over 20000 years old. Tours are conducted by boat.
One word of advice - read the book they give you before going on the boats.
Go on a sunny day to get the full effect of the caved in roof on the water.
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