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Astonishing waterfalls and canyon of Martvili
24 October, 2016
A photographer’s job is quite difficult and dangerous in many ways, especially if one travels in wild nature on his own. The story of Georgian photographer Giorgi Nikolava who has traveled in Georgia’s western Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region to capture country’s fairytale canyons and astonishing waterfalls, serves as a testimony to that. As author of the images told Georgian Journal his trip was quite adventurous and simultaneously fascinating, since he had to find the way by himself and walk several kilometers
on foot to get to his destination. As he said, a local monk from 17th-century Balda Monastery showed him two roads, but he lost the right route anyway, that should have led him to the waterfall he was searching. After exhausting walk through destroyed road in the forest and many rises he finally came to the field dotted with shepherds’ huts. From there a waterfall, he was searching could be seen. Despite all the obstacles, he came to the waterfall and managed to capture it. On his road Giorgi also shot famous Martvili Canyon and its surrounding nature.

Martivili Canyon is one of Georgia’s most beautiful and rare nature spots that one should see and experience while staying in Georgia. The site is located in Samegrelo region of Western Georgia, 280km from Tbilisi. Many years ago Martvili canyons used to be a bath place for Georgian nobles, Dadiani family, but now it represents a touristic site where people walk around, enjoy the incredible scenery of the waterfalls, emerald-green river and take a boat trip on it. Oniore Waterfall is located in Martvili Municipality, at the right tributary of Abasha River, 680 meters above sea level. The waterfall pours from Toba Cave and creates amazing scenery. The river that flows through the cave creates 67-meter Oniore Waterfall.

Balda Village, Martvili
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Tobba Waterfall
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Oniore Waterfall
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Oniore Waterfall
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Kaghu Waterfall
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Martvili Canyon, Abasha River
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Photo courtesy of Giorgi Nikolava

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