Western Georgia attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Western Georgia

Gelati Monastery

This Unesco World Heritage–listed monastery complex, on a wooded hillside 8km northeast of Kutaisi, is an outstanding example of Golden Age architecture and one of Georgia's most important churches. Gelati was a cul…
Cathedral in Kutaisi

Bagrati Cathedral

Kutaisi's cathedral was built in 1003 by Bagrat III, with a tall drum and pointed dome resting on four freestanding pillars. In 1692 a Turkish explosion brought down drum, dome and ceiling to leave the cathedral in …
Canyon in Western Georgia

Okatse Canyon

An exciting 700m-long walkway projects from the edge of this 100m-deep canyon and culminates in a viewing platform that hangs right out over the middle. It's a 2.5km hike from the visitors centre near Zeda Gordi vil…
Fortress in Western Georgia

Nokalakevi Fortress

Nokalakevi is an ancient Colchian fortress built on the banks of the Tekhuri River. It's been mooted as one of the (many) places to have housed the Golden Fleece, and is well worth a detour to explore, not least for…
Museum in Zugdidi

Dadiani Museum

The castle-like palace of the Dadiani family (old lords of Samegrelo) is now a museum set in beautifully maintained grounds. As well as interesting 19th-century paintings of the Caucasus and a fine collection of ico…
Canyon in Western Georgia

Martvili Canyon

The attractive Martvili Canyon has been comprehensively adapted to the needs of tourists and now contains multiple walkways and bridges giving lovely views, although between the crowds and the built environment, it …
Waterfall in Western Georgia

Kinchkha Waterfall

This impressive waterfall cascades 88m down the side of a huge limestone cliff, runs through a narrow gorge and then crashes down again to a pool below and on into the Okatse River. It's a gorgeous spot, made totall…
Museum in Kutaisi

Kutaisi Historical Museum

The history museum has superb collections from all around western Georgia, but a guided tour is a good idea as labelling is poor. The highlight is the Golden Fund section, with a marvellous exhibition of icons and c…
Archaeological Site in Western Georgia

Vani

You'll need to use your imagination to get much out of this ancient city site, which was one of the main centres of Colchis, flourishing from the 8th to 1st centuries BC. Some speculate that it could have been the c…
Nature Reserve in Western Georgia

Sataplia Nature Reserve

The star features of the 3.3-sq-km reserve, 9km northwest of Kutaisi, are a couple of dozen 120-million-year-old, fossilised dinosaur footprints (well displayed in a protective building), and an attractively lit 300…