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Turtle Lake, Tbilisi

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Turtle Lake is a direct English translation of Kus Tba (კუს ტბა), a small lake at the outskirts of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, so named due to the perceived abundance of turtles living in these places. The other, less frequently used name of this lake is K'ork'i (ქორქის ტბა).Turtle Lake is located on the wooded northern slope of Mtatsminda Mount at elevation of 686.7 m above sea level and fed by a small river Varazis-Khevi, a tributary to the Mtkvari (Kura). The area of surface is 0.034 km², while the catchment area is 0.4 km². Maximal depth is 2.6 m.The Turtle Lake area is designed as a recreational zone and is frequented by the Tbilisians on weekends. It is also a place where festivals and concerts are held. It can be reached either via a road or an aerial tramway leading from Tbilisi’s Vake Municipality - this began operating once more in October 2016, is open from 8:00 until 22:00 and costs 1 lari in each direction. West to the lake is the Open Air Museum of Ethnography, a large exhibition of Georgia’s folk architecture.
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  • Got there by taking a taxi from Rustaveli Avenue. The taxi ride cost us 6Lari. It's a nice place just to sit and relax, though i think you can take a walk around the lake or rent a paddle boat. I didn...  more »
  • Honestly the lake is very small and it could not be included in the must go places of Tbilisi. The walk around the lake is nice with trees around. There is a nice city view from the top which is good ...  more »
  • it's a good place you can see the lake widely, you ride the Chairlifts and see the whole place from top. there's many restaurants directly with lake view.  more »

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