Kobuleti

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Kobuleti train station

Kobuleti (Georgian: ქობულეთი) is a town in Adjara, western Georgia, situated on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. It is a seaside resort, visited annually by Georgians and many former Soviet Union residents. The Region is situated in the south-western part of Georgia, i.e. the northern part of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara. It borders with Ozurgeti Region to the north. The Regional centre is Kobuleti City, which stretches along the Black Sea shore.

Kobuleti Region consists of one municipal, two district and seventeen village councils. There are 48 villages in the Region. Representatives of 24 different nationalities live together with Georgians in the Region. Kobuleti is known with its traditions, hospitality, climatic areas, mild subtropical climate, ionized maritime air, bright shining sun and warm sea. The unique sandy beach widely inclined to the sea is noted with its marvelous views beautified by sky-scraped endemic pine trees, eucalypts, bamboo, cypress grove, date and cocoa palms.

The Kintrishi and Tikeri reserve areas are unique with their bio diversity. One can find rare flora in the Ispani marsh.

There are great many archaeological monuments in Kobuleti dated back to the Stone Age, early Feudal Age and Ancient times. The monuments prove existence of a significant town settlement in the ancient Kolkhida along the eastern Black Sea coast.

The Region has diverse soil: seashore lowland is rich in peatbog soil. There are alpine rocks in the highlands, red soil is found in the hill areas. The mountainous area is good for subtropical species.

Kobuleti is rich in rivers. The most important ones are the Kintrishi, the Chakvistskali, the Acharistskali, the Ochkhamuri, the Achkva, the Dekhva, etc.

The Kobuleti Central Park area consists of 6h.Template:Clarifiy In 2004 attractions and pools were restored and new plants and trees were planted in the Park.

There are eleven churches (thirteen are under construction) and two mosques, four parks, twenty hotels, great many restaurants and cafes, maternity hospital, clinics, and policlinics in the Region. During the summer season lots of private hotels and hostels serve over 300 000 tourists.

The main source of income for the population is agriculture and tourism. The regional economy depends on small and medium business development.

Kintrishi Protected Areas[edit]

Kobuleti Protected Areas (Kobuleti State Reserve and Managed Reserve) was established in order to save unique waterfowl habitat wetland ecosystems of international importance, as natural heritage of high values, which have been recognized by the Ramsar Convention. The mentioned wetlands are located in Achara autonomous republic and include north-eastern part of Kobuleti coastal plain and are distinguished by diversity of birds and plants.

Kintrishi Protected Areas is located in Adjara Autonomous Republic (Kobuleti Municipality) with a total area of 13,893 ha. It is located in picturesque valley of the river Kintrishi, between village Tskhemvani and Khino Mountains, at an altitude of 300‒2,500 meters above sea level. Protected areas are bordered with Kobuleti forest administration from the north, Shuakhevi municipality area from the east, Qeda municipality from the south and Mtirala National Park from south-west. Kintrishi Protected Areas Administration manages two different types of protected areas – State Nature Reserve and Protected Landscape. Kintrishi State Nature Reserve was established in 1959 and its purpose is to protect relict forest and endemic species, flora and fauna of Shuamta.

Protected Landscape was established in 2007 on basis of Kintrishi State Nature Reserve: the total area of nature reserve is 10,703 ha, and protected landscape amounts to 3,190 ha. Kintrishi PAs offers their visitors two tourist trails, both on foot and on horse. Tourist trails are located 300-2,000 meters above sea level. Picnic and camping places are arranged along trails, fire spots are also allocated. Visitors can visit the area at any time of the year. Visitors center of PAs will help you to organize guide, horse and local transport.

Kobuleti Protected Areas is an important habitat for migrating, nesting and wintering water bird species. Existing species are great interest of botanists: the white sphagnum moss and carnivorous drosera.

Kobuleti Protected Areas include sphagnum peat of Ispani 1 - and Ispani, with arranged trails where visitors can carry out educational-scientific tours. Visitors center is combined into administrative building. It is also possible to rent skis and walk along sphagnum peat. Coordinates: 41°49′12″N 41°46′31″E / 41.82000°N 41.77528°E / 41.82000; 41.77528