Tsutskhvati Caves – The Hidden Mistery

Only few know about Tsutskhvati Caves near Kutaisi. The hiking trail is recently marked and opened from July.

Only few know about Tsutskhvati Caves near Kutaisi. The hiking trail is recently marked and opened from July. The one way route is 15 km hike from Gelati Monastery to Tsutskhvati Village, from where through dense forest you will reach Maghara Caves (local name). The 13 level cave, is preserved without signs of human appearance. In the lowest levels of cave river flows and some chambers keep ancient ecosystems alive. Visiting all the chambers is impossible, however walking/climbing through tunnels with stalactite and stalagmites is worth it. It’s not recommended to explore the place without local guide due to undeveloped touristic infrastructure.

On the way to Tsutskhavti village ruines of 12 – 18th c. shrine could be explored with interesting emblem on the stone from reign of King Solomon.  18th c.

The route could be more diversified by visiting local family workshops of Georgian jet in Satsire village and wooden glass rings when returning back to Gelati village.

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