Tawi Atayr


This deep sinkhole (1 million cu metres), known as the Well of Birds, gapes without warning in a corrugated landscape of rock, covered in thicket. A small path leads from the car park to a viewing platform, but the sinkhole is really only accessible with a guide, available from a tour company in Salalah.

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