One of the things that distinguishes Georgia is its breathtaking nature. It’s a paradize for those who love hiking, tracking, camping and spending time in the countryside. Here, you’ll find some of the gorgeous caves, limestone formations, canyons and national parks.
Georgia has three cave towns scattered across its territory. They are all different and worth a visit. The closest to Tbilisi is Uplistsikhe, famous for a unique blend of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Iran and Anatolia.
Another remarkable cave town is Vardzia. Often called the Georgian jewel of medieval architecture, the city is carved into a steep wall of the mountain at the altitude of 1300 meters.
The David Gareji monastery complex, located in a desert in Kakheti region, was established in the 6th century by St. David Gareji, one of the 13 Assyrian Fathers to spread Christianity in the country. The complex includes 13 monasteries built on the hills bordering with Azerbaijan.
Considered one of the impressive natural landmarks of Georgia, Martvili Canyon is located in the Samegrelo region. The canyon boasts the emerald-green Abasha river and splendid scenery for a small hike. Alternatively, you can also take a boat ride on the river and walk up to the waterfalls.
Tskaltubo municipality is rich with natural monuments, and one of them is its caves that are part preserved territories of Imereti province. The administrative office of those caves is in the Sataplia reserve territory. One of the most significant of them all is the Prometheus Cave near the village Kumistavi, at 100 meters above the sea level. Discovered in the 1980s, the cave is one of the must-see attractions while in Kutaisi. This karst cave is rich with stalactites, stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, purified falls and suspended stone curtains spread across the 46,6 hectares. There are two exits in the cave; one continues with the underground river where you can hire a boat or exit with a pedestrian trail.
One of the tallest waterfall of Georgia – Kinchkha together with another water abundant waterfall nearby, Okatse Canyon natural monument (just a few km from Kinchkha in Gordi village) with recently built high quality tourist infrastructure – stairs, footpaths offering magnificent views to the canyon and its surroundings make a nice day out in the nature especially in spring when water levels are high and nature is in blossom with flowers all around and smell of yellow azalea and with still snowed Askhi Pleatau ; Also in summer when you can swim, relax or just find a really cool place for picnic.
You need to enter from Dadiani Garden in Gordi. After the checkpoint there is little walk down (then up!) to arrive to Okatse bridge. The bridge is 800m long and you are about 50m above the canyon so make sure none of you are so afraid of heights. From there you can continue to explore the area by visiting Lomina small waterfall/lake in the forest, which is perfect place for camping, just 2km from the main waterfalls site.