Not far from Kutaisi there is a unique Sataplia Reserve skillfully hidden in the mountains. This place has preserved a prehistoric nature with relic woods, labyrinths of karst caves and fossilized tracks of dinosaurs that lived there in the Mesozoic era, 160 mln years ago. “Sataplia” means “honey place” in Georgian. The naming is related to the fact that in ancient times, wild bees nested in numerous hollows of these caves and the primitive people were used to treat themselves to honey there.
The karst caves are equipped with backlight and acoustic system that will add up to your impressions from Sataplia brightness and make it lifelike. The central point of the touristic part of the labyrinth is a “Stone heart”. A huge heart shape stalagmite attracts romanticists, who make a wish near the “sculpture”. Next to the “Stone heart” is a hall for patients suffering from bronchial asthma. The permanent temperature in the caves is approximately 14 degrees Celsius and the cave has a healing air.
You can find observation decks at the highest points of the Sataplia reserve, built on the rock in the form of a horseshoe with a transparent floor, which will make you feel as if you are hovering over the abyss. It opens up a breathtaking view of the surroundings of Kutaisi.