Post Gonio Asparos Fortress, we were in for a visual treat as there was more nature to be seen. We went to Batumi Botanical Garden which claims to be one of the largest and richest botanical gardens in the whole world. The Batumi Botanical Garden is a 108 hectare area of land 9 km north of the city of Batumi, capital of Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia.
The Batumi Botanical Garden was started by the Russian botanist Andrey Nikolayevich Krasnov (1862-1914), brother of General Pyotr Krasnov, in the 1880s and officially opened on November 3, 1912. He was aided by two skilled gardeners and decorators – the French D’Alphonse and the Georgian Yason Gordeziani. Krasnov died in 1914 and was interred at the garden which still houses his grave and statue.Under the Soviet Union, the garden was further expanded and developed, since 1925, into a principal institution for the study of Caucasian maritime subtropical cultures.
Note : Entry fees for Batumi Botanical Garden is 6 GEL per person. You will be given a map of the entire garden to assist you for your navigation. Another helpful information if you are not ready to walk then you can rent an electric car inside the garden to avoid excessive walking.
As mentioned in my previous posts that Batumi was rain kissed that day. We started our tour to witness enormous collection of plants and trees. It’s location overlooking the Black Sea only makes this attraction even more striking! . A spectacular view for photography lovers.
As you continue your Journey, the view of the black sea keeps getting better and you will be highly tempted to get onto the beautiful sea. The desire to embrace the sea for us had just begun.
Currently, the garden consists of nine florist sectors, those of Caucasian humid subtropics, East Asia, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, and of the Mediterranean. The garden collection comprises 2037 taxonomic units of woody plants, including 104 of Caucasian origin.
As you get near to the Black sea from the garden, the view gets more enticing 🙂
When our journey was beginning to end, there was something incredible awaiting us. We had just reached the sea side view of the garden. We noticed a small gate which looked like a pathway to the sea. It was actually a railway station. We were skeptical about going near to the gate as we thought it might be locked. We just gave it a try and went near it and fortunately it was not locked.
Once we entered it, It was a like a dream come true when we started embracing the mesmerizing view of the wonderful black sea.
It was something charming we had ever witnessed being nature lovers as the black sea had completely made us fall in love with it. We stood there stunned looking at the view of the sunset from the sea shore. This incredible view brought us to the end of a blissful tour of botanical garden.
I hope these pics will make you visit Georgia whenever you plan your next travel. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here.
How to Travel to Batumi by Bus from Tblisi ?
Buses and minibuses (marshrutkas) operate regularly between Batumi and Tbilisi. Travel time is 6 hours and the minibuses are more comfortable than the local marshrutkas in the city. The fare is 18 GEL. The scenery along the way is breathtaking.
PHOTO CREDITS : PALLAVI RAVINDRA
TIPS & INFORMATION
If you have plans to visit Georgia , Please check if you have an on-arrival visa to Georgia from this link https://www.evisa.gov.ge/GeoVisa/en/VisaApp
Please Note that there is no visa fees If you are exempted from getting visa to Georgia.
For the food, Georgia offers varieties of foods and restaurants from different countries. You can always check online. For Breakfast, We were offered usual stuffs Salads, Cheese Bread etc.
To reach Tbilisi , You can take any of these flights from GCC countries Air Arabia, Fly Dubai and Gulf Air. I happened to see only these options.
If you are a Resident of Saudi Arabia or any GCC Country, Please know yours and your family’s Residence Permit Expiry Date in prior so that you can inform the Immigration Authorities in Georgian Airport for the on-Arrival Visa as they do not speak any other language apart from Georgian, Russian and English.