During the declining period of the Selcuk era, Karasi Bey, one of the officials of the Selcuk army, set up a residential area here in 1350. The leader of the first inhabitants was Kemal Bey who brought 300 settlers to the village. There is a mosque dating from 1382 and a Turkish bath here in Kemalli. The buildings are good examples of early Ottoman architecture. The village is named after its founder Kemal Bey.
Canakkale is 55 km away and Ezine is 10km away. The main economy of the village is agriculture and farming. The current head of the village ( Muhtar ) is Ziya Erkol. The village benefits from a primary school, mains water and sewage and a Post Office ( PTT ) agency. There is a tarmac road servicing the village and established electric and telephone supply.
Geyikli is one of the administrative towns of the Ezine District in Canakkale. The most important feature of the town is its port which provides a ferry service to the island of Bozcaada. This service used to be provided through Odunluk Iskelesi but is now serviced through Yukyeri Iskelesi.
There are lots of summer houses or holiday homes around the shores of Geyikli. The sea is very clean but there are no important large scale tourist facilities in the area. Opposite Bozcaada on the mainland the seashore is famous for its association with Achilleus, and his soldiers, who landed here for the invasion of Troy. Olive and pine trees grow here. Part of the film ‘Eyvah Eyvah’ was produced here in 2010
Ezine is the largest town near Tavakli and is approx 22 km away. It has a population of around 17,500 an is 39 metres ( 128 ft ) above sea level. Ezine is very famous for its white cheese which is made with cow or lambs milk and which is referred to locally as Ezine Peyniri.
Definately worth visiting are the Ottoman mosques, Abdurrahman or Sefer Sah Mosque. The 14th century hermit Ahi Yunus is buried nearby. The mosques were constructed using stone and building materials from the ancient ruins of Neandreia, upon which Ezine is built.
Ezine has everything that a good sized town can provide. It is therefore one of the main areas for shopping in this region. It also benefits from the main highway passing from Canakkale to Izmir.
About Ezine as a District
Ezine is not just a town but a district. This district is an administrative district ( 2nd level administrative division ) in Turkey. It is in the province of Çanakkale. This is a region very much unspoiled by mass tourism. There are no ugly high-rise concrete buildings along this coastline. The temperature is more moderate and less stifling than the south coast and the waters of the Aegean are clean and sparkling and a treat to swim in.