Martvili Canyon

Martvili Canyon

Every region in Georgia boasts its own famous natural landmarks, and Samegrelo is no different, as it is home to the stunningly beautiful Martvili Canyon. A popular tourist destination with locals and tourists alike, this breathtaking natural monument is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts.
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What is There to See at Martvili Canyon?

Historically, the area was part of the summer residences of the Dadianis, the ruling family of the lands that are now Samegrelo. Covered in verdant Colchic forest, the canyon’s visitor’s centre is in the village of Inchkhuri, where a 700-metre-long round trip path will take you into the very depths of the forest. This path has two natural bridges that you’ll cross along the way, fifty steps made from limestone boulders, and three viewing platforms from which to soak in nature’s splendour.

Boating on the Abasha River

On the shore of the Abasha River, you will find rubber boats and guides waiting for you. Each boat can seat six people, and you will be provided with special equipment, such as life vests and helmets. Once you’re all set up, you’ll start moving down the 300- to 350-meter-long section, and, if you wish, you can even direct the boat along with the captain. 

The boat will follow the river’s course between moss-covered cliffs, and in the middle, there are small waterfalls flowing down, which are a magical turquoise colour.

You can take a boat through the canyon every day of the week,  but keep in mind that it should not be raining. The most active season is from April until November. Safety measures are strictly followed: you cannot take the boat in rainy weather, enter in an inebriated state, bring children without a caretaker, swim, fish, smoke, collect natural materials, or pick flowers.

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