Kerman is not on many travellers’ lists of travellers to visit Iran.
The people of Kerman‘s hospitality, is well-known among any traveller visiting this city.
Explore Kerman in Iran and enjoy an amazing part of the world on your next adventure.
These are 15 reasons to visit Kerman but there are countless more.
- UNESCO heritages
There are 5 UNESCO heritages in Kerman province, including Shahzadeh garden, Meymand village, Qanats,and Lut desert. It makes Kerman a unique place for visitors from around the world. Kerman has number one place in Iran with the highest number of registered UNESCO Heritages. Visitors will miss something if not visiting Kerman.
- The Tomb of shahnematollah vali
Known for its poets and beautiful gardens, shahnematollah vali shrine in Mahan , near Kerman, is must-visit in Kerman. Mahan is places the tomb of Shah Nur-eddin Nematollah Vali, poet, sage, Sufi and founder of an order of dervishes, has twin minarets covered with turquoise tiles from the bottom up to the cupola. There are many highlights in the Tomb of shahnematollah vali ; the splendour, beautiful and most spectacular works .
- The Mosques
No matter your religious affiliation it is hard to deny mosques are some of the most beautiful structures to photograph. The Jame Mosque and Imam Mosque in Kerman are among the most well known ones.
The architecture of Iran is impossible to summarize in one photo but mosque is one of the major highlights when visiting Iran. The Persian domes, the minarets, and colourful tiles are only a few of the amazing examples of architecture you will see in Kerman mosques.
- The Kaluts
The Kaluts is a desert in south-eastern Iran located 75 minutes drive northeast of Kerman. This desert is filled with sand castles towering 5-10 stories high. It is a perfect place for a morning hike to catch the sunrise over the desert or just sit back and enjoy the view. Many people prefer an off-road trip to dept of this desert and enjoy a night staying at kaluts under a wonderful sky full of stars. Away from crowded, noisy cities, all people looking for a Kerman province became one of the most important touring poles of Iran. The full-star sky of Kerman its full-secret kavir.
It is validated as UNESCO Heritage as part of Lut desert in July 2016.
- The Citadels
The ancient citadels of Rayen and Bam are located in the Kerman province of Iran. The citadel in Bam was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 2003 but the mudbrick citadel of Rayen still stands after more than 1,000 years.
- The historical villages
Meymand is a village of troglodytes – cave dwellers – located in the province of Kerman. Meymand village has been continuously inhabited for 2,000 to 3,000 years making it one of Iran’s four oldest surviving villages. The village is a UNESCO world heritage site and was awarded UNESCO’s 2005 Melina Mercouri prize.
- Hiking to the mountains
Kerman is considered a favourite place by many nature lovers in Iran. It has mountains, canyons, desert and green landscapes all in one province. With 4 season weather around this province, many rivers run through the villages around Kerman city, make it special place for people camping, hiking, trekking in nature.
Masjed ghaem mountain isn’t the tall mountain but makes for a nice morning hike to look over the city. It will take around 2 hours to reach the top. The signs aren’t well marked but old hiking paths make it an easy walk and offer great views from the top. Also many other well known mountains among hikers such as , Jupar, Hezar, Lalezar, Palvar and kuh-e shah .
- Old Caravansary
The caravansaries of Iran are relics from the past and display a traditional architecture of the times. These structures besides being temporary resting areas or similar to inns for weary travellers, were also a political, economical and social axis. Alike the other provinces of Iran, the Province of Kerman too, has its own share of this valuable and historical vestige, with many caravansaries. Vakil caravansary is one , in the centre of Kerman city. Vakil caravansary is located in the Vakil Bazaar of Kerman. Eighty one chambers were constructed on the ground floor, and thirty nine on the upper floor. The structure is adorned with plaster and tile works. It seems surprising to know that there are about 14 caravansaries in the city of Kerman, many of them are now used a s bazzars.
- The Gardens
There are a lot of desert landscapes in Kerman void of green and water which must be exactly why they value their gardens so much. In Mahan,near Kerman city, streets are lined with green trees making it a very picturesque city but one of the tourist’s favourite green spaces is placed in Mahan, named Shahzadeh garden. Shahzadeh Garden is the ninth Iranian garden that has been registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Shazdeh Garden meaning Prince’s Garden is a historical Persian garden located near (6km away from) Mahan in Kerman province, Iran.
- Mountainous countryside
Around Kerman city , with driving 30 to 60 minutes , you will reach wonderful Mountainous countryside’s, with rivers and water falls in mountains valley, with many fruit trees. In spring and summer these several close Mountainous countryside, near Kerman, people enjoy their weekends in nature. It is excellent for eco tours and nature lovers will enjoy the views and activities.
Kerman mountain countryside
- Visiting Nomads
If you like to see and even have a short living with nomads in Kerman province , if you are lucky and visit Kerman in a proper time, you have this opportunity to see their daily life and even test their traditional food and traditional customs. Even how they weave beautiful Gelims.
If you like to see what are the handicrafts of Kerman, you will many nice hand works of Kermanies people such as Kerman carpet which has world fame and also pateh, shal, copper works and many other nice works.
- Unique Natural Phenomenon
There is unique Natural Phenomenon in Kerman such as kaluts and also Rage Canyon. The Rageh canyon is one of the unique and beautiful natural phenomena of Rafsanjan County. This valley is created by Guivdary River, its floods and soil erosion of it during several thousand years. This valley was unknown till some a few years ago. Some features of the valley are sharp conical peaks, blades and strip wise walls.Rageh valley is about 20 km in length which contains beautiful shapes which made by several thousand years of erosion.
- Kerman Province: Four Seasons
Kerman in all seasons have Four Seasons in the wide province. in the north, south, west or east of this province there are different weather. any season you travel to merman province , there are attractions to visit.there is no limitation of time of travelling to kerman province, any time you come to visit there are many valuable attractions to visit.
- ancient civilization
You can see traces of the oldest civilizations of the ancient world in this province. From the world oldest civilization as ancient civilization of Jiroft to the world’s oldest flag in Shahdad