The Cave of Drogarati is a must see attraction of Kefalonia. Discovered nearly 300 years ago, a strong earthquake revealed the entrance to a miracle of a work of art, an astonishing marvel of more than 150 million years old, crafted gradually by nature. Orange and yellow stalactites hang from the roof like curtains while vitreous stalagmites emerge to form spacious chambers.Originally, the cave was used by the community Chaliotata, under the supervision of speleologist Mrs. Anna Petrochilou. Since 1963 the cave is open to the public all year round.The cavers who explored it, did not exclude thepossibility to communicate with other caves in the area, such as Aggalaki Cave and Cave of St Theodore.
The stalactites and stalagmites have been created from the rain, which comes through the rocky level of the cave corroding it and depositing the elements of the earth on the edge of the formations though the years.water drops are falling everywhere from the stalagmites. Don't disturb those drops from falling, since this has a major impact on the creation of the cave, which dates back over 100 million years. Imagine that a stalactite grows approximately one centimeter every hundred years.
The big hall of the cave (900m2), is called “Sala of Apotheosis” because of its spectacular acoustics. When Maria Callas visited the cave, got excited from the sound quality and desired to sing here. Soon, that’s what she did, with few hundreds of people attending. Since then, many famous artists have performed in this fascinating hall such as that of M. Farantouri and soprano Irene Karagiannis.
Inside the cavern, the temperature is lower, a refreshing delight in the heat of the summer. Be prepared during cold, winter days! The temperature is constant at 18° C and the humidity at 90%.