Lake Tour in Javakheti
Your trip will start in a volcanic/tectonic forest, continuing through Poka Monastery, which carries the name of St. Nino of Cappadocia, who spread Christianity to Georgia. You will come across the gorgeous Saghamo Lake and the village of Gorelovka along the way, ending at the mystical Madatapa Lake, where an unbelievable landscape awaits you.
1Saghamo Lake - A Magical Sight in Samtskhe-Javakheti
The amazing sight of Saghamo Lake is situated in Samtskhe-Javakheti region, and specifically in Ninotsminda municipality. Wide open spaces, mountains, tranquility, and clear water make this a perfect spot for camping.
2Paravani Lake - Perfect for Fishing
Paravani Lake is the largest lake in Georgia in terms of water surface area. It is located in Samtskhe-Javakheti region, 2,073 meters above sea level, and is frozen all winter. The thickness of the ice cover reaches 50 to 70 cm and when frozen the lake is a particularly amazing sight, resembling a white desert.
3Madatapa Lake
The Samtskhe-Javakheti Region's Ninotsminda municipality is home to the blue-glowing Madatapa Lake. This lake's stunning surroundings are recognized as Wetlands of Worldwide Significance. Due to the lake's location along the African-Eurasian flight route, migratory and nesting birds are frequently seen there during the warm months of the year.
4Poka Monastery
On the shores of Paravani Lake in Samtskhe-Javakheti region there is a small place, where Saint Nino who brought Christianity to Georgia, rested for two days and nights on her long way from Cappadocia to Mtskheta. This is now St. Nino Monastery in Poka.
5Gorelovka Village-Museum
Often called Georgia’s most colourful village, Gorelovka in Samtskhe-Javakheti region remains vibrant and beautiful despite having to endure some of Georgia’s most severe climate conditions and some of its longest winters.
6Birdwatching in Javakheti Lakes
The Javakheti volcanic plateau, where the Lesser Caucasus Mountains begin, is the only place in Georgia with multiple lakes in such close proximity to each other. The Kartsakhi, Bugdasheni, Madatapi, and Khanchali Lakes, as well as Suldi Swamp, are all located on the territory of Javakheti Protected Areas and are strictly guarded.
Ninotsminda is a favorite nesting place for the Siberian Crane, which visit the town and its surrounds every year to breed. Here you will not see a lamppost or telephone pole without a crane's nest on it. Indeed, the nests woven into these poles, with a diameter larger than one meter, are incredibly beautiful.
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