Neda River, which is the natural boundary that divides the prefectures of Messinia and Ilia, springs from Mt. Lykeo. It forms a 32 km route and is one of the few rivers throughout the country that has a female name. Before it flows into the Ionian Sea, Neda River crosses the Neda Gorge at the northern part of the region. This is an area with unparalleled natural beauty, which is worth visiting during your stay in Messinia.
You will have the opportunity to experience a unique, adventure between the lush vegetation, which comprises of plane trees, wild oak trees, holly and wild hazelnut trees. The descent starts from Kouvelas village, while many choose to start from Platania. On the route to Karyes you will also come across three beautiful waterfalls.
The route continues in a westerly direction (following the flow of water) and passes through the narrowest part of the gorge, the first large waterfall, the church of Panagia, the Figaleias stone bridge (there is also a homonymous archaeological site further on), the second waterfall and finally the position Stomio, the starting of the 200-300 m natural dark tunnel (it is a normal cave with stalactites). Just after the third waterfall the gorge opens and passes by a meadow with crops and vegetable gardens.
Note that natural ponds are created at the bottom of the waterfalls where you can enjoy your swim.
The gorge is ideal during the summer months and in September.