Summer Dream in Beshumi
14 August, 2018
Summer Dream in Beshumi
“If you drink local milk for 25 days, even if you are a blind, you will see the stars in the sky at midday”. “If you want to buy a cow, you can do no better than to buy a black cow from the valleys of Big Adjara.”
“There is wild duck, dwelling in the marches near the green lake. However, they are not killed even during the hunting season, as
the locals love them”.
You can hear similar conversations on the mini-bus, from Batumi to Beshumi.

Resort Beshumi is situated at 2000 metres above sea level, and 30 km from the townlet of Khulo. Traveller should know that the way is uneven and very tiring. It takes around 4-5 hours to get to Beshumi from Batumi.

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Beshumi, village in Mountainous Adjara

Another tip is not to turn up without an advanced accommodation booking otherwise it will be quite difficult to find somewhere to stay there. Nearly all the huts will have their own holiday makers and so it would better off to reserve your accommodation before travelling.

When you go through Iails – you will encounter settlements of shepherds. They stay in the mountains during the summer, take care of the cows prepare the milk products and leave the settlements by autumn. Life is very joyful in the Mountains of Adjara in summer.

After the Goderdzi Pass, you will reach Beshumi quite soon. There are the wooden cottages everywhere. The place is full of holiday makers , travellers and tourists.

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Wooden huts in Beshumi

Everything looks like something from a dream in Beshumi: small houses, signs written witha child’s hand, strange banners on café-bars, arranged spontaneously. These banners might inform you that there is “Disco” on Friday, or that at 14:00 p.m. there will be an “Indians’ Day”.

Dreams also fill the nights of Beshumi, with sparkling lights from the huts until the late night, with its fresh air, and the breeze bringing with it the scent of nearby spruces.

Beshumi is a specific resort. There are no big and luxurious hotels and cottages are mainly rented by families. The price of a cottage varies between 350-700 GEL monthly. Or 400-600 $ for well-furnished cottages, where 2 or 3 families might be allocated.

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Cottages for vacationers, Photo courtesy: https://commons.wikimedia.org

If a traveller goes for two-three days or one week, it will be quite hard to find a place to stay. However, if you are enough lucky, someone might let you stay in their own family cottage. One night might costs around 40-50 GEL (without a meal).

Another option for finding a place, is to stay in Iails, at the houses of farmers. The price will vary between 24-30 GEL per night or the shepherds might not take any money. However be aware that with this option, there may not be any bathrooms and the cows will be living near you – you should be ready for it. Despite this discomfort, you will be able to see how the locals prepare their cheese, Khuruti, and Nadughi. You can buy their dairy products for a very low price.

A third option is to try staying at one of the nearby villages of : Rikheti, Shuasofeli, or Daisparauli, where the price of rooms are between 30-50 GEL.
After you have been in Beshumi, you can visit Iails nearby. You should taste the local dairy products, such as milk, cheese, Kaimaghi or Khuruti. They are all home-made and natural. Khaimaghi looks like a yogurt but it is very fatty. Khuruti is similar to cottage cheese, but kneaded into the milk and dried on wooden plank. This latter is usually accompanied with beer.

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Khuruti, Photo courtesy: http://ajaratv.ge/news/ge

Farmers of Iails are particularly hospitable and attentive people, even if you ask just the way they invite you in for a coffee with them.

There is a house in Katridzira, where Natela Abuladze spends her summers with her children and grandchildren. They have six cows. She makes cheese daily, Kaimaghi and Matsoni (Georgian Yogurt). The walls of the hut are covered with embroidered flowers. Old women are very talented in embroidery in Adjara.

Natela Abuladze says that dairy products are very cheap in Iails and tourists also prefer to buy everything from locals. For instance, in kilograms Kaimaghi costs 5 GEL, cheese-8 GEL, one Khuruti – 1 GEL, etc. Prices of other products are also similar to Batumi market prices. 

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Vacationers

Children are also very communicative in Iails. The Grandchild of Natel Abuladze, Vefxia is our guide. He is 13 years old. He shows us a big green valley from the window and explains that there will be a Festival in the first week of August, which is called Shuamtoba. Many activities take place there: horse racing, dances, various games and other entertainments.

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Children's painting

Near to Beshumi, there is a very beautiful alpine garden, where you can find wild flowers. In Beshumi, you can also frequently meet to other holiday makers , with buckets in their hands, off to collect mushrooms, which have grown after the rain.

You are urged not to leave Beshumi without visiting the Green Lake. It is 6 kilometers from Goderdzi Pass to the lake. It can be reached by either taxi or on foot. The taxi should cost about 30 GEL, to go there and back. Sometimes, travellers stay near the lake to camp.There is also a shop there .

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Green Lake, near Beshumi


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