Experience Dhofar – Top 10 Places to Visit in Salalah this Khareef Season

Dhofar is located 1000 km to the south of Muscat one of the famous province in Oman to be visited especially during the khareef season. Khareef season is formed during the south west monsoon rains prevails on the the coast of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. As mountains are lying parallel to the coast, the south west wind from the Indian ocean are blocked by these mountains causing rainfall and the whole place to be green. One of the most important destination to visit in the Dhofar Governate is Salalah. Salalah is ranked 2nd in the Arabian Region and 26th globally as the best international destination to visit in 2023 by the Time of New York. Here are the top 10 places to be visited in Salalah.

#1 Wadi Darbat

Wadi Darbat is the second in the Tripadvisor’s Top Travelers’ Choice award making it a must visit places to see in Salalah, Dhofar Province. Wadi Darbat is a grassy plateau and is consist of largest natural lake in Oman. Wadi Darbat is one of the largest picnic spot making it suitable for families, groups and honeymooners. It’s also a perfect place for taking a boat ride or have a barbecue dinner near the lakeshore.

#2 Al Fizayah Beach

The main attraction of Al Fazayah Beach in Salalah, Dhofar Governate is the crystal clear water and the breathtaking beautiful green scenery. This beach is home to many species of birds and the algae underwater making it looking fresh. Another main attraction of this beach is the driving along the coastal side among the lush greens of Salalah.

#3 Al Mughsail Beach

Al Mughsail beach is also the white sand beach with blueish waters surrounded by mountains and rivers. The blowholes at the Mugsayl beach is the main attraction here. The tides from the sea entered into the natural holes of the rocks causing it a splash to the outside. The beach is 6 km in length making it picnic spot for the families overlooking the seas.

#4 Museum of the Frankincense Land

A must visit museum for the lovers of history and culture. This museum features various halls with exhibitions about the history, culture and the famed Frankincense of Oman. The replica of the Fortress of Bahia of pre Islamic period, the display of boat building tools, the stone balls of 16th century and the Park were great things to see in the museum. There is a meteorite on display, make sure to touch before you leave.

#5 Sumhuram Old City

Sumhuram Archeological site is listed in World’s Heritage site by UNESCO on the year 2000. This city has rich histories which is centuries back. The frankincense storage found here remarks the usage of it where the trade may have happened before. Another interesting discovery is the Temple. As per the research done by the archeological department, the temple in the city represents that the people who lived here are the worshippers of Mesopotamian Moon god.

#6 Marneef Cave

The rock formation of the Marneef cave is marvelous and the location is very near to Mugsail blow holes. This is the nice place to enjoy the khareef weather with a view on the outskirts of Salalah city.

#7 Anti-Gravity Road

This is one of the most controversial in the planet where the earth’s gravity is defying. If you park a car in neutral on the correct spot, the car will go upwards the slope instead of downwards. Some people checks with a water bottle with half of water. Better to take the ride before the evening. This route is filled with mist and greenery and such awesome scenery that takes your breath away.

#8 Nabi Umran A.S Tomb

Do you ever see a tomb which is about 41 feet long? Visit Nabi Umran A.S Tomb and know about the history behind that. This is one of the most visited place in Salalah and every year tourists from different parts of the world come here and visit. A small mosque has also been constructed with a pleasant garden that adds to the spirituality and goodness of the place.

#9 Jabal Samhan

Jabal Samhan is a cool place to experience the winter of Dhofar. On one side, the sunlight and the clouds are playing hide and seek and on the another side. the far sky is kissing the ocean. It is located 50 Km from the city of Salalah and it is the highest peak in the Governate of Dhofar. If you are planning a trip with friends, Jabel Samhan trekking would be a great experience.

#10 Ayn Razat

Ayn Razat is the natural spring where the plethora of natural springs found during the monsoon season. The weather in the monsoon season is great for the outdoor picnic and explore the amazing landscapes. The road from Ayn Razat goes up to the beautiful valleys, one of them is As San valley from where to view of the Salalah city is stunning. This natural spring gushes out from the base of Jabal Qara, which is one of the three series in Dhofar mountains. This ayn is located 23 kilometer east of Salalah city and the drive will take around 25 to 30 minutes. During the other seasons of the year, from September to June, the garden is only open on weekend (Friday and Saturday) from 9 am to 6 pm.

Dhofar is amazing place and most probably the best view will be during the monsoon months. GTS offer you the best tour packages to Salalah at best price. Our offers are being posted on Social Media. Grab & book yours and experience the best of Oman with Global Travel Solutions.

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