Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve:
Emek Haela, Jerusalem

When arriving at the parking lot, and descending the 150 stairs to the Stalactite Cave​, you can’t help but be impressed with the awesome views of the Judean​ plain, including the city of Beit Shemesh.  On a clear day it is even possible to see as far as the city of Ashdod.

The natural cave with stalactite, formations that grow from the roof of the cave downwards and stalagmite formations growing from the floor of the cave upward, was discovered by chance in 1968 after a routine explosion in the nearby Hartuv quarry.  The area above it was declared a nature reserve.

The cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites in a variety of shapes. Many of the stalactites and stalagmites were nicknamed based in what they resemble. There are the “pillar”, the “elephant’s ears”, the “sculptures garden”, the “macaroni field”, “Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs”, all lit with beautiful artificial lighting.

The Cave and the natural beauty within it are definitely interesting for all ages. However, baby strollers cannot enter the cave.


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Posted: September 17, 2017

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Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve

Emek Haela, Jerusalem


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Entrance into the Park is closed one hour before the times given below:

Summer Time:

Sundays thru Thursdays: 8:00 – 17:00

Fridays and eves of religious festivals: 8:00 – 16:00


Sundays thru Thursdays: 8:00 – 16:00

Fridays and eves of religious festivals: 8:00 – 15:00


Length of Tour:

About 45 minutes

Waiting time between tours – up to 25 minutes

The tour of the cave may take place only accompanied by a guide on behalf of the Reserve.

Single persons will be attached to a group before entering the cave.



Adult:  NIS 28

Child:  NIS 14

Student:  NIS 24

Group (over 30 persons, group payment):

Adult: NIS 23; Child:  NIS 13


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