Whether you are a nature enthusiast or a history lover, Ilam has a lot to offer to you. Here you will experience an adventure in nature, feel peace in historic sites and enjoy a memorable, unique visit to Iran.
Located on the extreme west side of Iran, Ilam is a mountainous area. Traveling to Ilam is possible through three provinces: Khuzestan, Lorestan and Kermanshah. The Kermanshah province is located on the north side of Ilam. Lorestan province on its east side and Khuzestan on its north side. Traveling to Ilam is possible with plain but there is no railroad to this province. Traveling by personal car is hard and in general the best and safest way of going to Ilam is by bus.
Ilam is one of the oldest places in Iran. The ancient name of the region was “Alameto” meaning the high land of the land of sunrise. Geographically speaking, the province is divided into two parts: the north and the south part. On the north part, there lies high mountains and plenty of lush forest areas which cause a moderate, agreeable climate. On the contrary, the southern part has more semi-arid atmosphere with hot weather. The Ilam province is considered to be one of the most popular tourism destinations due to its rich cultural heritages and natural beauties. Everything in Ilam is unique: from the ancient city and Museum of Anthropology to natural attractions such as mountains, valleys and lakes.
Traveling to Ilam can be started with a real adventure. Passing the almost one kilometers of winding path of the cave is quite a journey. The climate is so agreeable in Zinehgan that it is known as the heaven cave.
One of the most significant tourist attractions, the strait of Razianeh (meaning Fennel) has earned a place in the national natural heritages of Iran. The strait is a geological phenomenon. Do not hesitate to visit the architecture and art of water and soil.
The only twin lake in Iran, the Siah Gav is like a natural aquarium located in a high, mountainous area. The origin of the lake is from underground springs. On the way to the lake, keep an eye to see one of the most spectacular waterfalls of Iran in this area known as Mahuteh waterfall.
Apart from beautiful, natural attractions, there are numerous historical sites in Ilam as well. One of the most well-known historic sites here is the Vali Castle. The castle dates back to the Qajar dynasty and was originally a summer palace. This brick-made castle is decorated with marble and has a spectacular inscription with a really beautiful calligraphy written on it.
If you want to get truly astonished, you should visit the ancient city of Seymareh. The Seymareh is the largest historic site in Ilam and among the first nationally-recognized places in Iran. The site dates back to Sassanid dynasty and the first centuries of Islam. The Seymareh is a must-see destination for any tourist.
Bestowing a large area of jungles, Ilam is an all-round year destination. But the first time of the year to travel to Ilam is in March and April. When the winter is near its end and the spring comes. The lush, verdant plains are mostly blossom in these seasons.
No special equipment is needed for traveling to Ilam. Just grab a one-day backpack with your personal stuff and remember to bring an extra layer.
As Always, take care of natural and historical treasures. Just leave our footprints and take beautiful memories.