MONUMENTS OF NATURAL ORIGIN

The village of Mukhuri is rich with monuments of different types of natural origin. The following natural sights must be visited on the way to Mukhuri.

River Khobistskhali

The 150 km long River originates from the Egrisi ridge and flows into the Black Sea. The river is mostly characterized by a deep bed and creates special spectacular views. Downstream to the bridge, it is possible to engage in extreme water tourism - Kayaking. The local breeze “Maskuri” is directly connected to the Kobistskhali River, which originates in the Khobistskhali valley in the evenings and follows the direction of the river flow until the morning. The valley is open and the combination of mountain and sea air makes the air exceptionally light and ionized. In the very center of Mukhuri, there is a beautiful Island formed by the river Khobistskhali. It is possible to go to the Island by crossing the river.

Shurubumu Cave

Shurubumu Cave is located 3 km from Mukhuri village, on the left bank of the River Khobistskhali. The 250-meterlong cave has existed since ancient geological times. It is a horizontal, three-storey hollow, the entrance of which opens in the Northwestern direction. The second and third floors (from top to bottom) are impassable. Only the upper first floor of the cave is accessible, the main corridor of which is characterized by narrow holes and exits, the cavities between which are closed by a siphon lake , although it is possible to pass through to the end. Different parts of the cave walls are decorated with “fossilized waterfalls”. As a result of archeological findings, cultural layers containing Stone Age remains were traced in the cave.

River Ghunji / Ghunji Waterfall

The Ghunji River is the most water-rich tributary of River Khobistskhali, with a length of up to 20 km, and originating from the Egrisi Ridge. Ghunji Waterfall is also nearby. Photographing the waterfall is only possible from the left bank of the River Khobistskhali; however, the cascade of waterfalls, which can be seen from the road, is no less spectacular than the Ghunji Waterfall. On the slope to the Northeast of the waterfall, it is possible to see a young Colchic Cyclamen, which is endemic to the local flora and begins to bloom in August.

Khirzala Waterfall

On the way to Tobavarchkhili, the 15-meter-high waterfall forms the right tributary of the River Khobistskhali. The waterfall is located in the Northeast of the driveway. Its bed is built with stones and boulders of ancient times.

Marls / Mergelians

Marls are sediments from a distant age, which are found in the form of a narrow strip (Migaria Massif). It is represented by alternating greenish-gray calcareous marls and greenishgray clayey marls. It is located in the village of Mukhuri, in the Eastern part of the Letolorde district (the road is on the right from the center of the village, and it is easy to reach by any type of vehicle).

Vaucluse of Deidzakhi

Vaucluse of Deidzakhi flows at the level of Khobistskhali on the left side of the river. It is characterized by intense flooding, which is entirely related to heavy rains and snow melting. During the heavy rains, the underground basin of Deidzakhi fills up, the water level rises significantly and a series of siphon channels, tunnels, and corridors come into action. Powerful streams of water begin to pour out of the boulder-strewn dry bed, fissures, and rocky mass. Thus, the sudden birth, growth, and disappearance of the river takes place in front of our eyes. This event is a rare phenomenon in nature. In dry weather, the area maintains sufficient amount of moisture, so that limestone boulders are massively covered with moss. Therefore, the area is surprisingly interesting both times (with and without water). Studies have shown that the area of Vaucluse of Deidzakhi, Shurubumu Cave, and the surrounding forest strip, can be used for the purposes of Iontophoresis and Speleotherapy (using the specific microclimate of caves for healing purposes). The most favorable months for tourism in these places are from March to November, and all months of the year are acceptable for medical and wellness tourism.

The Boulder of Deidzakhi and “The Whale Monument”

The Boulder of Deidzakhi is a large volcanic fine-grained boulder with a circumference of 16 m and a height of 5 m. As for the “Whale” statue, it is presented in a slightly smaller size near the boulder of Deidzakhi. The boulder is partially buried in the ground and shows signs of human impact. More specifically, it is shaped like a whale, as a dragon-like, cult statue for the locals which protects the fish. There is a fishing place by the river, where, according to a legend, large amount of fish used to be caught. The Whale statue carved out of the rock would have served to protect the area for the local communities. In addition, according to local narratives, locals caught such a large amount of fish there that it was not only enough for the local population, but also was sent as a gift to married daughters from the village.

Lugela Mineral Water

Lugela mineral spring is located 4 kilometers from Mukhuri village. It creates a 9.5% calcium chloride solution with easily absorbable calcium. It can be used externally as well as for drinking. It is actively used for the treatment of external inflammations. Due to the Lugela water and the local breeze Maskuri, Mukhuri has been recognized since the 1970s as a resort, especially for people with various lung and bone diseases.

Mukhuri (Kokho) Cave

It is located on the left bank of the Khobistskhali River, 1.5-2 km from Mukhuri, in the territory of the village’s cemetery. The entrance opens to the West. The cave is an ascending hollow, which maintains a typical tunnel shape almost till the end. The total length of the cave exceeds 1 km. A constant stream of water flows out of the cave, which is used for water supply in the village. From the climactic point of view, the cave belongs to the warm and windless type. It is an ideal place for Speleodiving.

Gvalashara Waterfall, Gvalashara River

Gvalashara River is a 15 km long right tributary of River Khobistskhali, which joins Khobistskhali at a distance of 5 km from the village of Mukhuri. The valley is covered with a mixed-leaved forest, where we find such species as Chestnut, Pontic Rhododendron, Colchic Holly, Hornbeam, Alder, Lime, and others. The whole valley of the river is characterized by a cascade of waterfalls of different heights and falls. The Gvalashara River and waterfall are marked and ideal places for Canyoning of easy difficulty (a type of hiking in the mountains that involves walking through Canyons).

Karst Outcrop (Bareness of Karst)

Outcrop Karst is found mainly on the Migaria Massif (on the right side of the Khobistskhali River) and includes natural outcrops - river beds, valleys, and slopes. The closest and most spectacularly impressive typical Karst Outcrop can be found also in the village of Mukhuri (at the beginning of Kokho Village - a place to the right of the bridge), from North of the bridge, in the bed of River Khobistskhali.

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