Iran’s colorful terraces are a rare geological masterpiece.
Badab-e Surt is a natural wonder located in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran, 95 kilometers south of the city of Sari. The site consist of a range of stepped terraces made of travertine, a sedimentary rock formed over thousands of years by deposition of carbonate minerals dissolved in water flowing from mineral hot springs.
Badab-e Surt’s terraces are caused by two distinct mineral springs with different natural characteristics, located at 1,840 meters above sea level. The first spring contains very salty water that gathers in a small natural pool. Its water is considered to have medicinal properties, especially as a cure for rheumatism and some types of skin diseases and skin conditions. The second spring has a sour taste and is predominately orange.
Best time to visit
Visiting the springs and ponds of Badab Surt, especially in Apr-sep , tires out tourists, and the curious and truthful eyes stare into the natural forests and mountains around the far reaches. The most spectacular scenes in the region are at sunrise and sunset. Where the glitter of sunlight in the ponds and the reflection of the light surrounding the nature give admirable glittering effects to the goddess that these soulful landscapes will never be forgotten by the soul and mind. Time and again nature invites friends to watch. These springs are located at a height of 1840 meters and are unique in Iran. In the countries of Turkey, America and New Zealand there are springs similar to Badab Surt.
The village of Orost in the Sari city hosts this work and its people are well received by tourists. Every year many tourists flock to Sari to see this natural attraction and head to the village of Orost . The historic and large village of Orost has several old neighborhoods, one of which is Badab Surt. This neighborhood was, in the distant past, a Zoroastrian area called Surt Lengeh. It is said that the Zoroastrians worshiped God over the springs of Badab Surt with specific customs and later converted to Islam. That is why the villagers know the spring as their own and try to preserve it.
To reach Orost village from Tehran you can use the following roads: Semnan or Mazandaran province . Of course, the roads in Semnan are less distant and safer, but the roads in Mazandaran province are much more beautiful:
Route 1: Tehran, Semnan, Mehdishahr, Shahmirzad, Orost Village, Badab Surt.
Route 2: Tehran, Sari, Kiasar, Telmadareh Road, Orost Village, Badab Surt.
The road is completely asphalted from the cities of Semnan and Sari to the village of Orost , and from this village to the amazing springs of Badab Surt, located a kilometer east of the village, is a dirt road.
Where to stay
We recommend one night stay in Surt Eco lodge which is an organic farm , Mr.Sadatiyan and his family are very friendly and host you in their home. very peaceful setting , home cooked dishes, beautiful views and affordable price .