Wondering if you should visit Georgia at the end of fall? The answer is yes. Though every season has its unique charms, there is something really special about autumn in Georgia. In November, the colors come out in the forests and you can watch glistening reflections in the beautiful lakes. The landscapes become really mesmerizing and give an aesthetic pleasure. Instagrammers would definitely agree – no filters are needed here.
There are other good reasons why you might enjoy autumn in Georgia. You would get a more ‘authentic’ sense of the country as it’s less crowded with tourists than in summer, for example. And of course, it’s the wine season – you can taste the best natural wines Georgia can offer.
To give you some ideas where to enjoy fall foliage in Georgia, we are going to suggest the most beautiful places to visit for autumn fun.
Autumn in Georgia: The places to Visit for fall Fun
Georgia’s north-western region of Racha is one of the most stunning places in the country. High mountains, wild nature and fresh air are the reasons they sometimes call it “Georgian Switzerland”. It becomes unusually beautiful in autumn as the forests change their color. The region is great for horse riding, wine tasting and stargazing. Try a glass of Khvantchkara and visit Nikortsminda – one of the oldest Georgian cathedrals which is on Tentative List for an UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Lopota Lake and Kakheti region
Lopota resort in Kakheti has been one of the fanciest weekend getaways for awhile. The place “where time stands still” is famous for its peaceful atmosphere and lovely landscapes. If you don’t crave deluxe spa and fine cuisine, feel free to visit any other place in Kakheti. After rtveli (grape harvest) locals will meet you with churchkhela and a glass of delicious wine wherever you go. Sighnaghi, the city of love which is a popular tourist destination might be your second option. Also consider visiting Chavchavadze Estate in Tsinandali and spend a night in Chateau Mere – a hotel that looks like a stone castle for an ultimate authentic experience.
Botanical Garden, Tbilisi
Located in the center of Tbilisi, near Narikala fortress, the Garden is the best place to avoid the city noise. It represents the flora not only from the Caucasus region, but also from the Mediterranean, Siberia, China, the Himalayas, North America and other places. Read a book, join an outside yoga class or simply take a slow walk inside to enjoy one of the most amazing fall foliages in the country.
You have never heard of Svaneti? Its exceptional landscapes, medieval villages and tower-type houses make an unforgettable impression on everyone who visits this place. This mysteriously beautiful region with its painting like forests should be on your “must see” list if you enjoy history and architecture as well as trekking and horse riding. Try Kubdari (pastry with chopped meat) while enjoying those stunning landscapes.
The lakeside is considered one of the most beautiful fall foliage spots in Kartli region. Bateti lake has been a popular destionation for local hikers for a reason – it is surrounded by mixed forests and has a great picnic area as well. The stunning reflection of fall colors on the water will inspire anyone who enjoys photography. The area of Dzama gorge is full of old monasteries so this trip might turn to something even more interesting than a picnic outside the city.