|Kolkheti National Park ready to welcome tourists|
|April 25, 2008|
April 25, 2008
In 1996, the law on the system of protected areas was adopted by the Georgian parliament in an effort to create a legal base to keep our unique cultural-natural environment.
Kolkheti National Park, created in 1998, is one of those protected areas that is especially interesting for its landscape, flora, fauna and location. Located in western Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea, the park covers 29,704 ha of land and 15,743 ha of marine territory. Wetlands of the park are the natural heritage of great value. With its relict forests and peat bogs, the National Park gives its visitors the real feeling of going to the jungle, and the wild inhabitants of the area even make the sightseeing more impressive yet. It is a perfect place for bird watching, as not only can you meet the local birds here, but many species of migratory birds as well. Many of the species in the national park are included in the Red Data Book of Georgia as they’re considered to be on the edge of extinction (the great white egret and crane are two of the examples).
But generally, the Kolkheti region is not a simple geographical area for Georgia. It has its great historical importance as well. Also known as Kolkhida, Egrisi, or Lazika, the place has been mentioned in chronicles of different countries since time immemorial. Approximately in 2000 BC, the first Georgian state was created here and the first Georgian money “Kolkhuri Tetri” was produced. The famous myth of Argonauts is also connected to the Kolkheti region, where Georgians knew the technology of making gold strings or Golden Fleece and well-known Jason was sent exactly here to get one.
Today, the Kolkheti National Park is also ready to accept many guests, as it can provide the complete infrastructure for tourists. It offers various interesting tours to different directions like: sea-boating or river-boating, bird watching, fishing, hiking and boating to Churia block, historical-cultural excursion to the palace of the Dadians. During the tours the visitors can see Lake Paliastomi, enjoy the unique coast of the Pichori river, or just have picnics and relax in the beautiful environment.
Besides tours, visitors are also provided with the chance to have a comfortable rest in Visitors’ Center of the Kolkheti National Park. On top of that, there is a special center for bird watching, where visitors can find special watch-towers for observing, informational desks and a shelter for the night.
In 2007, the year it was officially opened, Kolkheti National park hosted 1000 tourists, and this year the number is predicted to increase twofold. As the park can host many visitors, anybody can see the very green “Georgian jungle” this summer. For further information, visit the park’s website at www.knp.ge.
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