There are thermal radon sources in Tskhaltubo (33-35 Celsius degree). The water is used for treating the diseases of extremities,cardiovascular and gynecological systems, skin, poliomyelitis,rheumatism and even cerebral paralysis. There are also karst caves here which have beneficial influence over asthmatic, those sick of stenocardia,neurosis,hypertension etc.
Tskhaltubo is not only a health center but also a town.Despite the fact that about 11thousands people live in it it’s still considered as an abandoned and deserted territory. Wonderful buildings represented the greatest examples of Soviet architecture are slowly overgrown with vegetation. But the more interesting it is for photoshoots or walks. This town is bewitching…
In Tskhaltubo suburbs there is a place you definitely should visit , which is the cave of Prometheus (or Kumistavi). It was opened 1984 and realized immediately that the cave had to be seen by everyone. Indeed its underground rivers, waterfalls and lakes ,stalactites and stalagmites are just amazing. You can see that all making the journey by walking or going by boat.
Backlighting and classic music playing on and on in the cave add the special charm. According to the legend the Georgian Prometheus, Amirani, whose liver every day had been eaten away by an eagle ,was kept in the cave.
In 4 hours far from Prometheus cave there’s Sataplia Park. There are a lot of karst caves. In one of them artifacts of Stone Age have been recognized. But which most interesting, the petrified remains of dinosaurs have been kept here. Besides the rare trees grow here such as laurel cherry,yew,ilex, kalkhid boxwood,red beech and staphylea. You may like the stone dinosaurs’ monuments scattered over Sataplia.
Okatse canyon is located about 50 km far from Kutaisi. It’s long enough-16 km length,- and divided into high part and low part. The most beautiful waterfall Kinchkha is In High Okatse . And there’s bilevel bridge with an observation decks in the Low Okatse. Its height is 140 meters. You can view from there the lakes and waterfalls dig-out by the river Okatse in the limestone. Not far from canyon there is Martvili canyon. It is remarkable with its turquoise color and cascade waterfalls.
Imereti gave the Georgian cuisine the various food with the one common ingredient which is walnut. You have to try satsivi( the chicken with walnut sauce),lobio (bean with walnut,garlic and coriander),pkhali(walnut,green and garlic), eggplants and walnuts, kharcho(soup made of beef with rice, cherry, plum and purée of walnuts), salad with tomatoes and cucumbers with walnuts again. Chakhohbili (beef with estragon plus chicken with green) and mchadi ( corn cake) are separate for no walnut in them. Three types of khachapuri are baked here :imeretian with cheese,khachapuri on spit (suluguni cheese beaded on the spit muffled by dough) and lobiani( cake with bean). Imereti is the homeland of suluguni ,imeretian cheese and tkemali-sour-sweet sauce from plum. Also it’s popular here to serve marinated vegetables.
As you’ve already guessed the journey around Imereti can’t be boring . The best decision is to come here.