Sights Around Kutaisi

Two beautiful and historic monasteries stand a few kilometres northeast of Kutaisi and you can easily visit them both in one outing.

Worth a Trip: Martvili

Boat rides in the canyon near the small town of Martvili (მარტვილი) are hugely popular with locals. For less of a crowd experience head to the monastery, or – north of town – take a hike up Balda Canyon to Oniore waterfall (7km or 11km round-trip depending which route you take), or visit Salkhino, the former summer palace of the Dadianis, where the monks at the adjacent monastery may open their wine cellar for you to taste their excellent Ojaleshi wine.