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Martvili Canyon - Places to visit in Georgia

25 July 2017

Martvili Canyon is located on the river Abasha.

The length of the canyon is 2400 m, and the depth is 20-40 m, there is 12 m high waterfall in the middle part of the canyon. There are fossilized bones of animals inhabiting the land 75 million years ago. Owing to this, it is the third discovery in the world, on the territory of which parts of dead bodies of animals of pre-historic era are presented in great number. In some grottos of the canyon there are traces of existence of cave human. Besides, there are bones of extinct animals, including those of cave bears and bison.

There are boat tours through Martvili Canyon, waterfalls, even a camping area. Scuba diving is available.

Martvili is located in Samegrelo region of Western Georgia, 280km from Tbilisi. On its highest hill there is a monastery. The site upon the hill where the monastery stands today was used in ancient times as a pagan cultural center and was a sacred site.

Martvili canyons used to be a bath place for the Dadiani family. Now people visit it to enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river with deep green color.

New visitors centre was built in Martvili in the summer and conditions are as follows: Entrance 15 gel, boat trip 10 gel per person. There are walking routes in Martvili Canyon (around 300-500m) and boat trip including stop times lasting around 15-20 minutes. Walking routes are  a must and not less impressive than a boat trip. 

Work hours: from 10 AM to 6 PM; every day except Monday.

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