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3 best adventures in Georgian nature

27 Sep 2021

Ranging from the soaring Caucasus mountains to the mystical Black Sea, gorgeous ski destinations like Gudauri, as well as numerous hiking trails, there is no dearth of adventure places in Georgia to lure adrenaline junkies. Hop on to this rollercoaster ride as we traverse through the length and breadth of the country in search of some of the top adventure places in Georgia. 

1. Vashlovani National Park

Vashlovani National Park is a wild and remote area of eastern Georgia, known for its unique badlands, sharp cliffs and abundant wildlife.

Vashlovani National Park is distinguished from Georgia’s other protected areas by its semi-desert ecosystem. The views of the landscape with the snowy Caucasus Mountains in the background are unforgettable for visitors. It is the best destination for bird watching lovers, since the places is specific with its unique species.

When is the best time for hiking in Vashlovani?

The best season for trekking Vashlovani is spring and autumn. It is too hot in the summer and too cold or rainy or in the winter. Apparently, you can see lots of endemic flowers in the spring, but we also enjoyed the colors of October.

2. Kolkheti National Park

The first natural site in Georgia is nominated on the UNESCO World Heritage List, for its Colchic forests and wetland. 

Established in 1998, Kolkheti National Park is located in western Georgia. It includes east coast line of Black Sea and Lake Paliastomi basin. National Park is created in order to protect and maintain Kolkheti wetland ecosystems of International importance.  

Kolkheti National Park offers a wide variety of boating tours, bird watching and eco educational tours. You can enjoy tours whole year round. The best period for bird watching: early spring and late autumn.

3. Borjom-Kharagauli National Park

Borjom-Kharagauli National Park is the first national park is one of the biggest park in Georgia,with the total area is 104,099 hectares, which is more than 1.5% of country’s territory.

Borjomi, famous with its mineral water directly from the tap in a fresh air is looking forward to your visit. The unique and fresh climate stipulates the limpid water. Do not hesitate to plan a trip to Borjom-Kharagauli National Park, enjoy hiking and spend week-end, vacation or even a holiday in a diverse nature.

When is the best time for hiking in Borjom-Kharagauli?

The tourist season lasts all year, allowing visitors to experience the stunning variety of flora and fauna, including alpine meadows full of flowers, as well as stunning views and a broad network of twelve trails through the ancient woodlands. 

Activities to do in Autumn in Georgia

  • Explore Tbilisi on foot
  • Attend "Rtveli" in Kakheti
  • Drive through the mountains
  • Enjoy velvet season on the black sea

Autumn in Tbilisi is short but pronounced. The trees along the riverside and in the city’s parks turn shades of bronze and chestnut, while the hills take on a honey-colored glow. This is the perfect time to get out and explore on foot.

In early fall, there are numerous outdoor events – markets, live music performances, and the like – happening almost every weekend. Add to that special festival, seasonal produce, and the Rtveli wine harvest, and there’s no doubt in my mind these are Tbilisi’s golden days.

Mountains are beautiful anytime, and we always remind you of multiple shades of green, as you travel there in summer, but autumn slowly brings more and more colors into this palette. Traditional purple and gold are just a few of them!

Batumi and the beaches along Georgia’s Black Sea coast reach peak levels in July and August, however, there is a short window where the crowds disperse and the conditions are still ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Locals call it the ‘Velvet Season’. 

The skies are blue and the water is warm in the middle and end of September. This is the most humid month of the year in western Georgia, so swimming is a welcome reprieve.

Autumn – grape harvesting season

Autumn in Georgia means one thing: Harvest time. Rtveli, AKA Georgia’s ‘fifth season, is the most festive, joyous time of the year in the country. Rtveli is a celebration in Georgia that celebrates the harvesting of wine and is considered one of the most critical events in the fall. It begins at the end of September and continues until around the middle of October.

Rtveli is a custom that dates back to ancient times and has been passed down through generations. This is when vintners reap the fruits of their labor and families head to their ancestral vineyards to collect grapes, top up their Qvevri, eat and toast, and enjoy the last days of summer sunshine.

Tbilisoba – the biggest event in Autumn

Tbilisoba is the biggest event on Georgia’s cultural calendar. This traditional ‘ day of’ festival is held in villages and mountain regions across the country throughout the summer months. In October, it’s Tbilisi’s turn!

Tbilisoba is a massive two-day event that celebrates the capital’s diversity and Georgian identity and heritage in general. People from the regions descend on Rike Park for a Gastronomic Festival, showcasing their best autumn produce, wine, and regional food specialties. Handicrafts such as feltwork and pottery are sold at pop-up markets.

Where to see autumn foliage in Georgia:

  • Sabaduri Forest & Tbilisi National Park
  • Ateni Gorge (near Gori)
  • Gombori Pass (between Tbilisi and Telavi)
  • Tsalka & Dashbashi Canyon (and the entire
  • Kvemo Kartli region)
  • Borjomi National Park (best from the end of October)
  • Shaori Lake & Racha (from the end of September in Upper Racha)
  • Bateti Lake
  • Lagodekhi National Park
  • Martvili & upper Samegrelo

Weather in Autumn in Georgia

A short answer to the question: “What is the weather like in Georgia country in autumn?” will be this: “Different”

Georgia is a small country, but extremely diverse in terms of relief and climate. In any season, especially in the off-season, the weather in one region differs dramatically from another one. It all depends on the relief, elevation, the presence of reservoirs in the area, wind, and dozens of other factors.

Also, don’t forget that Georgia is also a mountainous country. Although it is small, the climate varies greatly depending on where you are. The Caucasian ridge provides mild, comfortable weather throughout the country with often cold and snowy Novembers in the mountains.

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