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15 Incredible Natural Landscapes in Georgia That Should Be on Your Bucket List

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Updated: 30 December 2017
The landscape within Georgia’s boundaries is diverse. Western Georgia’s scenery changes from lowland marsh-forests, temperate rain forests and swamps, to permanent snows and glaciers, while the eastern part includes a small portion of semi-arid plains. Forests comprise around 40 percent of the country’s territory, and only 10 percent of the land is the alpine zone. Therefore, Georgia offers some of the best natural landmarks you should put on your bucket list.
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Alazani Valley

Alazani Valley, located in Kakheti region, is 200–470 meters above the sea level and divided by Alazani River. Mountains surround this 160 kilometer long valley from almost every side. The best way to enjoy the spectacular landscape is to visit the town of Sighnaghi, situated 790 meters above sea level. From here you get a splendid view of the valley and the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia

alazani valley

Alazani river and valley | © Amo Jazzme / WikiCommons

David Gareja

The David Gareja is a monastery complex also located in Kakheti region. This rock-hewn Orthodox monastery is set on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja and borders Azerbaijan. Founded by one of the 13 Assyrian Fathers who spread Christianity in Georgia in the 6th century, the surrounding area of the complex is incredible, offering beautiful views of the desert and canyons.

David Gareji Monastery, Rustavi-Jandara 12th km., Kakheti, Georgia

Davit Gareji Monastery Complex
Davit Gareji Monastery Complex | © Baia Dzagnidze
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Abudelauri Lakes

Abudelauri Lakes is famous for its three different color lakes located near the village of Roshka in Khevsureti. These blue, green, and white lakes lie at 2,812 meters above sea level and involve a day of hiking to see all three. However, if you’d like to take your time and enjoy the scenery, you can set up your tent at the Green lake for as long as you desire.

Colorful Lakes of Abudelauri, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Georgia

Blue lake of Abudelauri Lakes | @ Tai Dundua

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Gergeti Trinity Church

Stepantsminda is a popular destination for many tourists, due to its incredible views of Mount Kazbegi and gorgeous setting of Gergeti Trinity Church at the elevation of 2,170 meters above sea level underneath the Kazbegi mountain.

Gergeti village, Kazbegi, Georgia

Holy Trinity Church in Gergeti | © Baia Dzagnidze

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Black Rock Lake

Located in the alpine zone of the country, the Black Rock Lake is another natural landmark of Georgia that is not very well known among travelers. Getting there involves a two-day hike in Lagodekhi Protected Areas, offering incredible views of centuries-old forests.

Lagodekhi Protected Areas, Georgia

Black Rock Lake at sunset | © Baia Dzagnidze

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Vardzia

Vardzia is a cave town created in the 12th century by order of Queen Tamar. The complex has 13 levels and around 600 apartments, a church with a bell tower, and a throne room.

Vardzia, Javakheti, Georgia

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Martvili Canyon

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.

Martvili Canyon, Samegrelo, Georgia

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Mestia

Mestia is the central town of Svaneti, 128 kilometers away from Zugdidi. Ethnographically and historically it has always been considered a leading community of Zemo (Upper) Svaneti. Even though the town is small, it has played an essential part in Georgian culture for many centuries. Its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval defense towers, churches, and picturesque mountain ranges should be on your bucket list for Georgia.

Mestia, Zemo Svaneti, Georgia

Meastia | © Baia Dzagnidze

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Tobavarchkhili Lakes

Similar to the Black Rock Lake, Tobavarchkhili Lakes, or Toba for short, is not a popular destination for many—either locals or tourists—as it involves an intensive hike of at least three days and a proper physical preparation. However, the scenery both on the way to the lakes and after is worth every sweat. Located in Samegrelo region, the lakes got their name from Megrelian language spoken here. Tobavarchkhili translates into English as ‘silver lakes,’ and they lie in the center of the Egrisi mountain range.

Tobavarchkhili Lakes, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia

Tobavarchkhili | @ Tai Dundua

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Ushguli

Another essential village of Svaneti, Ushguli is a popular destination for those who would love to see the incredible landscape of Shkhara, the highest mountain in the country. Moreover, Ushguli is considered one of the most upper settlement villages of Europe.

Ushguli, Zemo Svaneti, Georgia

Village Ushguli in Svaneti | © Baia Dzagnidze

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Dartlo

Dartlo is a tiny village in Tusheti, dominated by medieval defense towers typical of the area. Located at 2,000 meters above the sea level, Dartlo is almost deserted most of the year. Due to the hard climate conditions, the Tushs head into lowlands during winter months and go back only in summer.

Dartlo, Tusheti, Georgia

Village Dartlo in Tusheti | © Baia Dzagnidze

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Dashbashi Canyon

Characterized by its biodiversity and rarity, the Dashbashi Canyon is a two-hour drive from Tbilisi. Created by the Khrami river within the Dashbash volcanic plateau, the ecosystem here is unique. The flora on the steep slopes of the canyon and impressive waterfalls create several micro-landscapes.

Dashbashi Canyon, Georgia

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Abastumani

Abastumani is a perfect spot for romance and star-lovers due to the Astrophysical Observatory located in the town since 1932. The place was chosen explicitly for the observatory due to the coniferous forest around the Mount Kanobili, stable weather, and no air pollution. You can visit the observatory open every day until 3am to look at the galaxy, or have a romantic late-night picnic under the stars.

Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, Georgia

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Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Being one of the biggest national parks of Georgia, Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in the Lesser Caucasus featuring stunning panoramas, and impressive landscapes along its 11 different, well-marked trails. You can stay at the cottage or set up your camp at a designated campsite.

23 Meskheti St, Borjomi 1200, Georgia

Bakhmaro

Bakhmaro is a small mountainous resort in Guria region, located at an elevation of 2,000 meters above the sea level. Locals often call it a ‘small heaven on earth’ due to its gorgeous landscape adorned with pine forests, panoramic views, and alpine meadows. This climatic resort of Georgia has been quite popular in the past and is now regaining its fame after an extended period of neglect. Besides enjoying a view of small cozy cottages scattered on the green valleys, one of the most incredible views here is watching the sunrise from a hill, as if the sun was coming up from a thick wave of clouds.