Turtle Lake (Tbilisi)

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Ku Lake
კუს ტბა
Turtle Lake, Tbilisi (1).jpg
Ku Lake is located in Georgia
Ku Lake
Ku Lake
LocationOutskirts of Tbilisi
Coordinates41°42′01″N 44°45′15″E / 41.70028°N 44.75417°E / 41.70028; 44.75417Coordinates: 41°42′01″N 44°45′15″E / 41.70028°N 44.75417°E / 41.70028; 44.75417
Primary inflowsVarazis-Khevi River
Catchment area40 ha (99 acres)
Basin countriesGeorgia
Surface area3.4 ha (8.4 acres)
Max. depth2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Surface elevation686.7 m (2,253 ft)

Turtle Lake is a direct English translation of Kus Tba (Georgian: 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[1] 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.[1] 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.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "კურორტი კუს ტბა - Travel in Georgia". კურორტი კუს ტბა - Travel in Georgia. Archived from the original on 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  2. ^ Apkhazava, I., "Kus Tba". Georgian Soviet Encyclopedia, vol. 6, p. 88. Tbilisi, 1983. (in Georgian)

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