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Telavi city | © Константин Александрович / WikiCommons
Telavi city | © Константин Александрович / WikiCommons
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Best things to See and Do in Telavi

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Updated: 13 April 2018
The central city of Kakheti region, Telavi, is a historical city boasting stunning mountain landscapes, beautiful architecture, ancient monasteries, and picturesque valleys. Aside from being a famous tourist destination, Telavi, and the whole region, is recognized as the center of traditional Georgian wine-making. The city is not big but has some interesting sights for you to check out.

Explore Batonis Tsikhe

Building
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City walls in Telavi
City walls in Telavi | © tomasz przechlewski / Flickr
Batonis Tsikhe, or the Fortress of the Master in English, is one of the best-preserved medieval royal palaces in the country. Built by King Archil in the 17th century, the fortress was the residence of Kakhetian kings during the 17th and 18th centuries. King Erekle II expanded the area of the castle in the second half of the 18th century. Today, the area houses a museum dedicated to King Erekle II, where you can see the bedrooms, the king’s throne, and his sword.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Historical Landmark, Architectural Landmark, Indoors

See the Giant Plane Tree

Forest
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plane tree
Giant Plane Tree | © Daniel-tbs / WikiCommons
This tree has stood here for almost a century now, making it one of the oldest and most unique attractions of Telavi.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Dog Friendly, Kid Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair)

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Scenic, Historical Landmark

Relax at Nadikvari Park

Park
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View over Telavi from Nadikvari Park | © Seif Sallam / Flickr
Once you get tired of walking, you can relax at Nadikvari Park. Enjoy beautiful nature, an open-air theater area, walking trails, and views of the city.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Kid Friendly, Family Friendly, Dog Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Scenic

Visit Museum of Qvevri Jars and Wine

History Museum, Winery
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Twins Wine Hotel is home to qvevri wine museum, situated in the village Napareuli. Here, you’ll learn all about the different phases of qvevri wine-making as well as well as the production of the vessels themselves.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Outdoors, Scenic, Instagrammable

Explore the Estate of Prince Chavchavadze

Winery, Building, History Museum
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Chavchavadze Family Estate | © Donovan Driver / WikiCommons
Prince Alexander Chavchavadze (1786–1846) was one of the most significant figures in Georgian history. His palace and garden in Tsinandali is a must-see place in Telavi. Only 9 kilometres away from the city, the palace showcases the unique memorabilia and relics of the royal family of the 19th century. The courtyard, laid out in English style, has unusual plants and ancient trees. You can also visit Chavchavadzes winery and try some of the locally produced beverage on-site.
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Indoors, Instagrammable, Scenic, Photo Opportunity