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Salalah, the largest city of Dhofar Governerate is the main tourist attraction for people from other parts of oman and also from other GCC states, during monsoon/khareef season mainly due to the pleasant weather, drizzling, greenery and waterfalls which spans from July to September every year.
This year (2018), during Eid-ul-Adha holidays, we planned to visit this beautiful place and I would comment it as one of the best escapade till now.

Burj Al Nahda, Salalah

We headed from Muscat to Salalah in Mwaslat bus. Mwaslat offers special discounted rates during full Khareef season to promote tourism in Oman. It’s a very long drive, almost 12 to 13 hours with around 2-3 breaks of 30-50 minutes every 4 hour, so the passengers can get relaxed and have food if they want.

Next day we got up early as most of the places become crowded by midday so our plan was to cover most places early in the morning. I am not a man of words and prefers my pictures to speak. Here is a brief description of places I visited, mostly waterfalls and beaches because of the pleasant weather we preferred instead of museums and historical places.

Ayn Khor
Ayn Khor was our first view point, located on the western side of Salalah, near Raysut cement factory. There is not proper road leading to ayn khor and you have to do a bit of off roading so it is preferred to go there by a 4WD. You can also walk there by parking your car a little far for the actual waterfall. We took a little bit of risk to drive our sedan 1.6 till the waterfall and it’s totally worth it!

Ayn Khor Salalah

Ayn Khor Salalah

Ayn Khor Salalah

Ayn Khor Salalah

Google maps directions was not fully up to the mark for this location, but the pinned coordinates are perfect! You may have to take some decisions against google map when you reach dead end to reach this beautiful destination.

Mughsayl Beach

This area is one of the most affected area from the Cyclone Mekunu appeared in May 2018, leaving the sea still very rough. But still it’s good to stop by and enjoy the noise of the waves hitting the shore.

Marneef Cave & Blowholes

Marneef cave is in close proximity to Al Mughsayl Beach, which one of the most preferred picnic spot by Salalah locals, residents and tourists. Road from mughsayl beach towards marneef cave is broken by the cyclone, then Govt. of Oman built a new alternate road to reach marneef cave. The water rising from the blowholes created by strong sea waves is extremely thrilling.

Beautiful Mountain in Salalah by Sheikh Haris on 500px.com

You can stop by at any of the roadside vendors selling ice creams, corns, mishkaak (bbq sticks) etc. There are also some portable washrooms for tourists’ feasibility.  

Ayn Jarziz
It is located just besides Ittin Mountains. It has a good spring wooden canopies. It’s a good spot to stop by and spend some time in the water. You can also get its aerial view from the mountain top. There is a small track from the side in between the trees which leads to the top.

While taking photographs on the top, I was just about to step on this different type of lizard

Wadi Darbat

It is a must see destination of dhofar region. We reached there early in the morning. I was literally speechless as I was lost in the serenity and the beautiful scenery of picturesque forest. It has a small lake which has turned into a boating delight. It is clearly mentioned there that no life guards are available, however life jackets are available there, so it’s good to have precautions if you don’t know swimming.

Wadi Darbat Salalah

Wadi Darbat Salalah

On one side of the wadi, we found a friendly family who drove all the way from KSA and were cooking food. I got attracted by the aroma of their food. They told me they were cooking Pakistani food from famous “Shan Masala”.  

If you are looking to have a peaceful and quite time, I would recommend to go early in the morning to escape the crowd as on our way back in the afternoon the entrance to the valley was totally jammed with traffic.

After leaving from Wadi Darbat, on a few minutes’ drive, there is a beautiful picnic spot which is “Gift of Mekunu” and so far no name is given to that place. It’s a perfect picnic spot with mesmerizing view of many small waterfalls under which you can also sit, enjoy and capture the moments with waterfalls. The way to these waterfalls is uneven due to rocks so you are advised to wear a reliable pair of joggers.

Wadi Darbat Waterfalls Salalah

Wadi Darbat Waterfalls Salalah

Wadi Darbat Waterfalls Salalah

Ayn Athum

One of the most beautiful and versatile waterfalls in Salalah located on the eastern side of the city. Multiple waterfalls make a beautiful natural spectacle, which surely is a treat to eyes and soul. 


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.


Jake Simms
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