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Samegrelo is a region in Northwestern Georgia.


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Samegrelo is inhabited by the Megrelians, an ethnic group of the South Caucasia.

Samegrelo's climate is subtropical with frequent rains. The coastal areas have many marshlands despite the Soviet Georgian authorities' efforts to dry them up. These marshlands contain many rare birds and animals not found in other parts of the country. For this reason, substantial part of the territories is protected by the Georgian law as part of the Colchetian Nature Reserve.

When Georgia gained independence from the Soviet Union, its first president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, was a Megrelian. After the violent coup d'etat an the end of 1991, Samegrelo became the centre of a civil war, and Gamsakhurdia's Megrelian supporters we're defeated. The central government struggled to control the region throughout the presidency of Eduard Shevardnadze (1992–2003). Stability in the region is further undermined by an influx of refugees from the Abkhazian war zone are mostly Megrelians.

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  • Kuaokantsalaia (Shaking Rock): Intsira ravine - Kuaokantsalaia is a huge shaking rock near the town of Jvari with 14km of hiking through the forest and valleys.
  • Tobavarchkhili Lake is located 2500m above sea level. It is located on the southern slopes of the Egrisi ridge. Lake Tobavarchkhili as well as other nearby lakes is unknown for most people, but anyone who has ever seen it knows how beautiful it is. This is a difficult trek and you can only visit this wonderful place from the end of July til the end of September, because at any other time pouring rains and thick fogs make this impossible. See Jvari for more details.
  • The Enguri hydroelectric power station is a Europe's largest concrete arch dam. Located near Jvari it is a beautiful place with a wide panorama of the mountains and blue lake.
  • Nokalakevi arkheoplis (fortress Tsikhegodgi) - Chkondidi (residence of the head of the Orthodox church, a unique monastery, the centre of royal land from the 10th century (near Martvili) - Gachedili (it's in Martvili, a place of waterfalls, where you could swim, and the footprints of dinosaurs)- Dadiani summer palace in Salkhino (near Martvili).
  • Skuri caves and mineral water springs - Mukhuri caves in the middle of the wild Georgian woods with moss rocks and river (swimming place) - Shurubumu caves - Lugela waterfalls.
  • Chkhorotskhu region: Chakvindji fortress - Lebarde resort with mineral waters (near Chkhorotskhu).
  • Rukhi fortress - Lia fortress - "Dida Kirsa" archeological place with nice site seeing panorama - Enguri HES (one of the biggest hydroelectric station in the world, and the biggest ark of the HES, near by waterfalls and huge water reservoir.
  • Anaklia-Ganmukhuri: Black Sea villages nearby Zugdidi (34km). During the last few years these villages have become fancy, touristic resorts. Some high class hotels, pubs and casino were built. It's a good place to enjoy the Black Sea.
  • Kheta fortress - Monastery of Khobi - Nodjikhevi (archeological area with an old fortress and traditional Georgian village atmosphere) near Khamiskuri.
  • Tsaishi - Traditional village life: has hot mineral sierra springs, where you could take a bath or swim, the Museum of Iona Meunargia, a Georgian poet and well known public person, Old Tsaishi Church, picnic on the mountain Urta with amazing views of the Great Caucasus chain, and Djegeta mountain with old church and impressive nature.


  • Tsaishi (hot mineral sierra springs, where you take a bath or swim. Museum of Iona Meunargia, Georgian poet and well known public person, Old Tsaishi Church, picnic on the mountain Urta with amazing view to the Great Caucasus chain) - Papantskhvili (lake in mountains where according the legend local priest house with his family drowned. Old Soviet villa of politicians).
  • Mountain Urta with more than 200 caves and waterfalls, mountainous rivers.
  • Urta mountain - Pokori river with waterfalls where you could swim.




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