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Things to do in Samegrelo
Written by Nigilesh on July 28, 2020 Share on

Things to do in Samegrelo

Samegrelo is the natural hub of a place with some stunning waterfalls, valleys and all sorts of water bodies. This place also has some serious historical sites, castles and is hugely a cultural related destination. This place was inhabited by a subcategory of Georgians. They are commonly referred to as Megrelians. Let’s take a look at the list of best things to do in Samegrelo.

Samegrelo province includes Zemo Svaneti as well. Zugdidi is the capital of the province. The bordering provinces are Guria, Svaneti, Imereti and Abkhazia. This place has a considerable coastal line towards the Balck sea on the west. Imagine the scope of things to do in Samegrelo, when it’s gifted with such wonderful geography.

Best time to visit Samegrelo

The climate of Georgia is quite different and has everything, hot sunny days, snowfall, rainfall and what not. You can experience all kinds of weather if you are a Georgian. But for now, let’s look to make the best out of our time in Georgia. The ideal time to visit this natural paradise is between May and October. This is when the temperature is mild and not too hot and not too rainy at the same time. 

The Highest temperature is around 30-degree celsius during the month of August and the lowest being January with temperature ranging around 9-10 degrees the whole month. There will be some downpours at odd times around the west coast. This is due to the presence of the vast black sea.

Top 5 things to do in Samegrelo

  • Dadiani Palace
  • Enguri Dam
  • Kolkheti National Park
  • Mortvili Canyon
  • Anaklia-Ganmukhuri pedestrian bridge

1. Dadiani Palace

The province of Samgerlo was under the Dadiani dynasty for a very long time. This was the house of the royal family comprising of the 4 major attractions. Queen’s Palace, Botanical gardens, Kari Church and finally the massive Prince’s Palace. In 1921, this prestigious house was converted into a museum and was opened for Public access. This place showcases some of the rarest and unheard items. In fact, the death mast of the emperor Napolean is stored is displayed here. 

Dadiani Palace
Source: Google Images

The house is also known for creating some of the noblemen for the country. Starting from Writers, poets, statesmen and even some athletes. There are three main sections in the gallery. The first one shows the geography and the role of Samegrelo in the nation’s history. Their lifestyle paintings and some of their spiritual things are showcased in the second section. Also, the third section is solely for the paintings of the noblemen from this province and Dadiani family.

Also read: These Museums in Tbilisi are a Must Visit in your next trip to Georgia

2. Enguri Dam

Nikita Khrushchev the Soviet president, formulated the plan of building a massive dam for the purpose of harnessing the water energy. The initial plan was to build it on the Bzyb River, but then the scientist who had done deep research found out that it would lead to a disastrous landslide. Because of this, the plan was moved to Enguri. The construction began in 1961 and was already in the operational stage by 1978. But the complete operation with all its systems working was in 1987. 

Enguri Dam
Source: Google Images

Nowadays, this place has turned into a significant tourist attraction due to its stunning views of the waterbody and the greenery surrounding it. The place has recently been added to the list of cultural heritage places in Georgia. This also holds the title of the second-largest dam in the world. The total construction and maintenance cost was around 130 million Euros. The list of things to do in Samegrelo won’t be complete without Enguri Dam.

Also read: Best Things To See In Batumi When On A Vacation in Georgia

3. Kolkheti National Park

Georgia, in general, is known for its rich natural resources and the abundance of wildlife. This is one of the best national parks in Georgia. The Kolkheti is the perfect example to showcase Georgia’s variety of wildlife. This park is located on the west coast of Georgia along the Black sea. In fact, this massive park covers few regions of the capital, Abasha and Senaki spanning for about 742 square kilometres. In terms of sights and activities, you can try boating in the Lake Paliastomi – one of the water bodies found in the forest ecosystem.

Kolkheti National Park
Source: Google Images

Hiking, diving and horse riding are the other activities that are famous among travellers. This place has got all the aspects of tropical and subtropical regions. With the likes of marshy lands, scenic lakes and even sand dunes as well. This is also home for a lot of bird species from Africa and parts of Europe and Asia. This surely is one of the best things to do in Samegrelo if you are into nature.

4. Mortvili Canyon

Visiting this place is one of the best things to do in Samegrelo for people who want to try out adventure activities in Georgia. This is one of Georgia’s stunning spots. In terms of activities, you have the boat ride in Abasha river which is world-famous. The Boatride takes you past the massive cascades along with the greeneries on both the sides of the river. 

Mortvili Canyon
Source: Google Images

The water in this river has a unique colour that you might not be able to see quite often. The tranquil water is in emerald green colour and researches say that it is because of the reflection of the greenery and also the minerals that are deposited on the river banks. Apart from this, there is a Monastery located nearby this attraction which dates back 10 – 14th centuries.

Also read: Natural Landscapes in Georgia That One Should Visit

5. Anaklia-Ganmukhuri pedestrian bridge

This place houses another architectural marvel in the form of the Pedestrian bridge. The bridge spans across the Enguri river on to the town Anakila. This was initially planned to be built using steel. But due to some unforeseen financial crisis at that point in time, the Architects had to look out for an alternate material with low cost.

That’s when the partnership between the local and the international architects started turning the table. The result was a 552-metre bridge built using timber hung by just cables. This surely is one of the best things to do in Samegrelo.

Finally,

Like I mentioned before, Georgia is one of the very few places around the globe with such gifted geography. Get ready to be blown away by some of the breathtaking views in the whole of Europe. In addition to this, the culture, typical European people make your vacation even more fantastic. What are you waiting for? Get in touch with the destination experts form Pickyourtrail who can help craft your next vacation to Georgia according to your needs. Check out our guides page for more insights on the destination or leave a Whatsapp inquiry for more options.

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