A unique experience close to Kalamata, to the historical Monastery of Velanidia,which played a very important role during the Greek Revolution,with a combination of a small hiking to Taygetos mountain , Nedontas river and gorge which leads to the dams and unexpectable amazing waterfalls ( plenty of water till Spring period).
Nedontas is the river that crosses the city of Kalamata. And if the part that crosses the city is known to everyone, few know the beauties and secrets that it hides a few meters north. And there are many who do not even suspect them … And yet on a route that starts from the edge of the city, within a few hours, you can come in contact with a unique nature, a nature that is in full swing … as well as very high stone dams built in the early 20th century are some of the elements that the hiker encounters.
The starting point of our route is the monastery of Panagia Velanidia, at a distance of 5 km from Kalamata with with a descent from the path of about 1 hour to the river Nedontas to meet the waterfalls and the beautifull landscape.
The Monastery of Velanidia (Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi),
has founded in 1679,and it is located about five kilometers to the north of Kalamata at an altitude of 300-400 meters.
The Monastery of Velanidia got its name from the ancient oak that was in the courtyard until the great earthquake of 1884. According to the legend the sacred icon of Zoodochos Pigi was found in this oak.The Monastery of Velanidia, which was originally male and since 1966 became a female monastery, celebrates on first Friday after Easter.Papaflessas started from this monastery on March 23, 1821 for the liberation of Kalamata, the first Greek city that was liberated from the Turkish rule. On 23 March each year, in commemoration of this day, the sacred flame of the revolution starts from the monastery of Velanidia and ends at Square of Kalamata.
The longsuffering monastery of Velanidia had serious damage three times: Firstly in 1825 by Ibrahim, secondly in 1943 by the Germans and the thirdly in 1986 by the strong earthquake. But in all three times, the monastery managed to recover and be restored.Remarkable is the museum – Cell of Papaflessas with items and paintings of the Greek Independence Struggle period.
Nedontas , the river-dams-gorge
Nedontas rivers, in addition to the obvious interest it presents as one of the most beautiful gorges of Taygetos and Messinia, has two more elements that make it stand out. The first is that it is located next to the largest city in the prefecture and one can start walking through Kalamata. The second is the large stone dams that were built in the gorge at the beginning of the last century in order to protect the city from floods. These constructions are of historical, technical and cultural interest in themselves. And much more interest takes off when one visits the dams until the end of Spring where you will meet here the most beautiful waterfalls within the boundaries of the Municipality of Kalamata.
An unforgetable experience of culture and nature next to the city of Kalamata !
Prices / minimum 4 persons
Prices / 5 up to 8 persons
For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.Less
This tour is available during all year,depending the weather conditions and you can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation. Ideal season for this tour is till end of Spring in order to see the beautifull waterfalls from the techical dams of Nedontas river.
If you don’t find any dates that are suitable for you, just get in touch by phone or email and we’ll let you know if anything can be arranged. We always do our best to get the experience that suits you best.
Comfortable athletic casual clothing that allows you to move freely.
Bottle of water 1,5lt.
Sunscreen (especially during summer months).
Hiking shoes (low or high). Trainers, open shoes like sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable.
One day hiking backpack 20lt with some snacks (if available).
A windstopper jacket.
Clothing and shoes for chance, as they might will be wet in order to cross the river and the dams.
Appropriate clothes for the season.
Difficulty level : Easy,suitable for adults and children (minimum age 8 years).
Season: all year.
Duration (total): 4-5 hours.
Meeting point: At your accommodation,in Kalamata. Option for transfer from other resorts in Peloponnese with additional supplement
Departure time: 09:00 a.m.
Final meeting time,point and information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour/activity.
Great for solo travelers, couples, friends, and parents with young children (8 years minimum).
If you have any food ingredient allergy or allergy on other natural sources like egg bees, please let us know.
Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.
Difficulty level : Easy, some parts - Medium, suitable for children and adults.
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn. Better period is spring for high level of water at the dams of the river.
Duration (total): 4-5 hours.
For any tour is required a minimum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.
All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.
Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus)
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Masks are required, please bring your own..
The year 2021 can turn out to be a milestone for Greece. The celebration of the 200 years since the outbreak of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the War of Independence is a key historical event which, seen and analyzed in a creative way, can constitute the basis for a fertile dialogue between the Greek society and the country’s institutions.
Memory isn’t something static, and History isn’t exclusively related to the past, as it can offer a continuing lesson – useful for our present and our future. Especially for us – Greeks, History and Culture are undoubtedly the driving forces for our survival in our nation’s adventurous journey into space-time.
The history of the monastery Velanidia is rich, connected to interesting events, principally during the pre-revolutionary and revolutionary years. Many fighters found refuge here to be saved or to regroup, and used it as their base; while important chieftains such as Kolokotronis, Papaflessas and Nikitaras regularly held their meetings here in matters of the revolution. This monastery also had a hand in the freeing of Kalamata, the first Greek city to be liberated from Turkish rule. On 23 March 1821, fighters and chieftains started out from the Monastery of Velanidia, and managed to free the city without a battle.