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Location of Görmeli within Turkey.
|• Total||20 km2 (8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||(+90) 338|
Görmeli is located in the Karaman Region’s Taurus Mountains range, on the slopes of Taurus mountains. It is on the south-east side of Ermenek town, in the Karaman province. It is 18 km. from the center of Ermenek and 90 km. from the touristic towns of the mediterranean region Anamur. The Map coordinates are 40° 42° North parallels and 30° 10° East meridians. The village is on the main road of Ermenek and Gülnar. It is surrounded by forests and high mountains. The area is very productive, due to watery fields and soft soil. Almost all vegetables and fruits are grown locally. Görmeli presents quite a spectacular sight with its meadows, streams, plants, trees, animals, and the traditional lifestyle of its people.
The time in which the area first became inhabited is still unknown. However, it is said that people were brought from Adana by the Emirate of Karamanid hundreds of years ago. Ala Köprü is also called Görmel. Köprüsü is a bridge 5 km (3 mi) away from the village. It was built by the Karamanid Emirate. It is a masterpiece that could have reached this time. Its length is 27m. and its width is 4.70 m. Sadly, the future of this historical bridge is in jeopardy as it is going to be submerged by the Ermenek Dam, currently under construction. There is a historical building called Mennan Castle in the Nısa Neighbourhood near Görmeli. Mennan means "place to shelter in". The castle was built with rocks on a perpendicular mountain. It is also known as the castle that Karamanid from the Ottoman Gedik Ahmet Pasha, as a result of which Pir Ahmet Bey committed suicide within it. Sadly The castle is in ruins, dilapidated by treasure hunters. Some blame the authorities, whom, they say, did not attach enough importance to this historical building to protect it, with the result that the construction has been suffering from years of neglect.
Visitors can taste a traditional water-prepared meal called 'Batırma'. It consists of small wheat pieces, tomatoes, pepper, parsley, sesame, and walnuts. These ingredients are mixed and kneaded with cold water. The meal is served accompanied by fresh peppers, cucumbers, boiled cabbage, eggplants, tomatoes and boiled grape leaves. Another traditional local food is called 'Tarhana'. It is prepared with either minced meat and potatoes. The ingredient is mixed with wheat, tomato sauce, onion, pepper, and parsley. The mixture is kneaded and then shaped like a palm. The pieces are grilled on oak coal. The people get up so early and most of them go to their fields or take their animals to pastures or mountains.
The hills and lower sides of Görmeli are not suited to farming. The inhabitants mostly support themselves by growing and selling fruits,vegetables, dairy products, or breeding livestock. "Görmeli's Grapes" are very famous, there are many grapevines in all fields, as well as apple, fig, walnut, and pomegranate trees. Every family has animals, several goats, a cow, and chickens. Sheep aren't suitable; they can not adapt mountainous land. In addition the peasants don't eat mutton. Recent years,people grow vaccinated-special fruit saplings on the higher plateaus of the village. This economic activity also contributes budget of village box.
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Görmeli village is divided into six neighbourhoods: