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Turtle Lake, Tbilisi

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Turtle Lake is a direct English translation of Kus Tba, 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 could be reached either via a road or an aerial tramway leading from Tbilisi’s Vake Municipality, but it is now defunct. West to the lake is the Open Air Museum of Ethnography, a large exhibition of Georgia’s folk architecture.
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  • Have not been here in summer, people say this is the best season to be on Turtle lake. Was not impressed at all though this is one of sightseeing spots for tourists in Tbilisi. Lots of garbage, people...  more »
  • Seeing somewhere on otzovikah about this Lake definitely agreed to go there. On the way, made a few mistakes. First Went on foot. Walked through the Park, on the road up the Hill (overlooking Tbilisi, of course) without water, without understanding whether there go. The second walked uphill in cold weather. In November, there is snow and pretty cool. In the end reached the Lake pretty razgorjachennaja, tired and obnoruzhila Lake is not as that expected. In late autumn, at the beginning of winter is poluzamerzshee Lake, to which you approach was not particularly because of the wind, the cold. It is a good Cafe overlooking the Lake. Of course there is cold as the PFI, blows, but perfection, tea, kind-all good.
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  • Just a lake. Nothing out of the ordinary. There are several cafes, entertainment and boat rentals, and more. There are a few but the Explorers: 1. don't wait for "wow!". It will not be. This is the standard Lake, like most in Russia, but cleaner. 2. Get here on foot-unreal. I do not know whether geroyiv transport here. We came by car and way, frankly, are not quick. 3. The Lake is located on a mountain, or a hill, do not know how to properly. 4. If you are by car, there are 2 options it there leave: paid and free parking. At both places a little. We were in April. It's not yet bathing season, so as to take water procedures there don't tell. And here's to go around the Lake and enjoy nature-welcome. By the way, the ascent to the Lake is gorgeous. There is an opportunity to see from the city. There are blooming lovely trees. View wonderful.
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