Distance from Batumi: 10 km
Area: 356 sq / km
The population: 62 000 people
Khelvachauri is a place that keeps the history of Adjara. One of the local gorges, Machakhela, is a place where in the 18th century local gunsmiths made flint rifles. Here you can see the descendants of the old masters, visit their families and learn about the manufacture of the Machakhela gun and daggers. Khelvachauri also has a rich cuisine. The traditional mchadi is especially tasty here. In addition to all the above benefits, Khelvachauri is great for hiking. Hiking fans can explore Machakhela National Park, while history and ethnography lovers can visit the local thematic museum. Old wine presses, wineries, ruins of fortresses, etc. - all this can be seen in Machakhela. If you come to Khelvachauri on an off-road vehicle, then you can go to the Mtirala mountain and enjoy the panoramic views of Batumi from here.
What to do in Khelvachauri:
1. Visit Mirveti village;
2. Enjoy the views of the three gorges from the Gvara Fortress;
3. See the ancient stone wine presses;
4. Hike in Machakhela National Park;
5. To go on an off-road vehicle to the Mtirala mountain;
6. Shoot a Machakhelа gun;
What to see:
Stone arch bridges in Mirveti (13th century) and Tskhemlara (12th century) villages, Chkheri Bridge (9-10th centuries), Kokoleti Bridge, Maho Bridge, Gvara Fortress (6th century), Chikuneti Fortress, historical and ethnographic museum in Zeda Chhutuneti, a Sarfi Lazian Ethnographic Museum , as well as a monastery and church of the Holy Trinity, the church of Panteleimon in Ortabatumi and medieval Saint Andrew the First Called Orthodox Church.
Places where you can stay overnight, relax for a few days, feel the daily life of the Adjarian village:
Villages Zeda and Kveda Chhutuneti, Kostaneti, Chikuneti.
Approximate cost of accommodation / overnight with three meals a day - 40-50 GEL.
Active routes: «Machakhela guns road», Chikuneti and Kostaneti routes.
Shuttle buses depart from the old Batumi bus station (1, Mayakovsky st. ) every hour. The cost is about 2-3 GEL.