Geographical Position, Kerman
The province of Kerman covers an area of 181,714 sq. km. and is located in the south east of Iran. The said province is the second largest after Khorassan, and includes 11% of the total area of the country. The main townships of the province are as follows: Baft, Bardseer, Bam, Jiroft, Rafsanjan, Zarand, Sirjan, Shahr-e-Babak, Kerman and Kahnooj.
In the year 1996, the province of Kerman had a population of approximately 2,000,000 of which 52.9% dwelled in the urban areas, and 46% in the rural vicinities, the remaining 1.1% accounted as non residents. The city of Kerman is the provincial capital, and embraces about 80% of the urban population, being one of the most developed and largest cities of the province.
The altitudes and heights of the province are a part or the continuation of the central mountain ranges of the country. The same prolong from the volcanic folds beginning in Azarbayjan, and by branching out in the central plateau of Iran, and terminating in Baluchestan. These mountain ranges have brought about vast plains in the province of Kerman. The Bashagard and Koohbanan Mountains are the highest in this region, and include peaks such as, Toqrol, Aljerd, Palvar, Sirach, Abareq and Tahrood. Other ranges that stretch out from Yazd to Kerman and Challeh-ye-Jazmoorian, include peaks like Medvar, Shahr-e-Babak, Kooh Panj, Chehel Tan, Lalezar, Hezarbahr, Aseman and ... that rise majestically upwards.
The climate in the province varies in different regions depending on the relief of the land. The north, northwest and central areas experience a dry and moderate climate, whereas in the south and southeast, the weather is warm and relatively humid. The city of Kerman and the surrounding regions have a semi-moderate and dry climate, with a maximum and minimum temperature of 39.6° C, and -7° C respectively. The average temperature during the months of March - June has been recorded as 20° - 25° C. These months are the most suitable period for travel to the said region.
History and Culture, Kerman
The history of human settlements in the territory of Kerman dates back to the 4th millennium BC. This vicinity can be considered as one of the ancient regions of Iran, and with the passage of time, valuable historical vestiges have in turn amassed here. The same throwing light on the culture, history, mode of living and governing powers of the past. In regards to natural attractions, this region boasts of sites such as, thermal and mineral springs, recreational areas, verdant spaces, altitudes and peaks, lakes, pools, protected areas and the special desert features which can be spell -binding! Tourism centers can aid at demonstrating the potentials entailed in the province.