Gramei Cave – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Ruta Tematică: Caves Route

Name of Tourist Attraction: Grama Cave

Location: in Podeni Commune, Mehedinți county, about 38 km away from Drobeta Turnu Severin, on the road to Cireşu commune.

Description: It is a cave dug in the right slope of Topolnița Valley, in the Croavelor Hill, at a height of 445 m, meaning at about 75 m above Topolnița Valley. First exploited in 1961 and first described in 1967 by V. Decu and M. Bleahu, Grama Cave was developed on a diaclase system and horizontal layers and has fossil and sub fossil galleries with a length of 390 m. The cave has an opening of about 10 m. The cave is formed of two galleries. The gallery on the right is 3 m taller and starts with straits, then widens to form a spacious and tall room from where you can get to the gallery on the left side. The gallery on the left is larger than the right one and is mostly developed on diaclase. The cave was dug by the water of the Croavele Pesterii Valley, at an altitude of 470 m. The walls of the cave are loaded with stalactites, parietal leaks and deposits. The ceiling is mostly rocky or covered with holes. The cave has a fairly rich fauna, hence the isopods, opilionides, aranides, miriopodes, colem-bole, coleoptera, diptere and chiroptera.

Conditions:

The cave is relatively easy to cross but also has some difficult points, so in order to visit it, protective equipment and lighting sources are needed.

Information and Contact:

The cave is administrated by Mehedinti Geoparc Plateau:

tel/ fax: +4 0372 521 116,

website: http://www.geoparcmehedinti.ro,

e-mail: geoparcmehedinti@gmail.com

Route closed to other thematic routes:

In the commune you can also visit:

  1. Church of the Holy Voivodes of Gornenti, Podeni
  2. The Church of St. Nicholas, Malarisca, Podeni
  3. Topolniţa river, Malarişca

In the area you can also visit:

  1. The Ethnographic Centre, in Cireşu
  2. Epuran Cave
  3. Karstic formations, in Balta Commune
  4. Fossil point Bahna – Vîrciorova
  5. “Curecea” cave
  6. The Rocks of Camana,
  7. Chalet “Balta Cerbului”, renowned centre for artistic wood processing and popular stitching.

Other useful information

Accomodation:

The nearest accommodation units in the area are those located in Baile Herculane, Caraş-Severin County, 9 km away from Podeni.

GPS coordinates: lat/ long: 44.877872/ 22.527056600000037, elevație: 558 m