ABOUT AJARA / KHULO
Khulo is one of the high mountainous regions of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara. It is 600-300m above the seabed. Khulo is situated to the west of the Arsiani Range. The Region mainly consists of Ghorjomistskali, Skhaltistskali, and Acharistskali valleys.
Total area: 710sq.km;
Marvelous natural beauty of Khulo district and nearby villages is viewed from the Khulo-Tago 1700m cable railway, which is the second unique one in Europe with its architecture.
Khulo Region is rich in mineral resources. The Geological Department has only researched the Tsablana, the Khikhadzeri, the Danisparauli, the Diocnise, the Abanokeli, and the Kinchauri out of 25 mineral spas in the Region. The local population has used the spas for drinking and medical purpose since ancient times. The spas belong to hydro-carbon-sulfate-chloride-sodium water groups with average temperature 6-150C.
Thermal water of Boghauri village is known from ancient times. Water includes sulphuretted hydrogen carbonate. Its average temperature fluctuates 30-350C.
Chemical structure and mineralization of the abovementioned mineral waters makes them useful for medical purpose.
The main income source for the local population is potato grown on 1167h area. There was gathered 25 thousand ton potato in 2004. There is also developed corn and vegetable growing, tobacco growing, fruit, beekeeping there.
Cattle breeding are widely developed in the Region. According to statistic data there are 49 thousand cattle and 6000 livestock in the Region. 16000h of alpine zone area are used for summer pastures.
Among the historical monuments one should mention the Uchkho stone arch bridge (VIIIc), church remains in the villages Thkhilvana, Vernebi, Kaloti, Satsikhuri, Tikanauri, Vanadzeebi. Restoration works in the Khikhani Fortress made it possible to launch tourist routs: the Vardtsikhe (Khikhadziri) - Khikhani Fortress (XIIIc), and the Goderdzi Pass – the Green Lake – the Black Lake.
(Cholono area, 4km far from Khulo District centre) is known with
heavy snowfalls. The territory is surrounded by pine and mixed
forests. The area is rich in pure streams.
Shuamtoba and Tbeloba are traditional local festivals. They take place in the first half of August.
Governon: David Tschelidze
No 1 Abuseridze Tbeli Str.