Melouri Cave Natural Monument – An Outstanding Natural Monument of the Imereti Region

Melouri Cave Natural Monument

The Melouri karst cave is one of the largest caves in Georgia, located in Tskaltubo Municipality, near Kvilishori Village. 

The cave has wide passages with high ceilings, stalactites, stalagmites, calcite layers, dripping walls, and sediments.

Helictites make up the lower layers and the light brown speleothems give the area a charm all its own. Mud stalagmites are also present and make sure to sharpen your eyes to the brisk movement of the air in the narrow cracks and lower layers. 

The entrance to the cave is at the base of a funnel which is eight to ten meters deep and drops to fifteen meters, among massive limestone boulders from a previous avalanche.  

At the end of the long passages, you will find a valley similar to a canyon, several kilometers in length. A stream of water flows through constantly and creates rapids, waterfalls, and siphon lakes.

It takes a total of eight to nine hours to fully explore the cave but there are still many unstudied passages and large spaces. 

Please note that for a trip to the cave, it is mandatory to obtain permission from the administration of Imereti Caves Protected Areas.

There is no tourist infrastructure in the cave.


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