Zhinvali Reservoir is an artificial lake located on the river Aragvi, Dusheti Municipality, in 70 kilometers from the capital Tbilisi on Georgian Military Road. Zhinvali Reservoir is created by a dam at the confluence of Pshavi’s Aragvi and Mtiuleti’s Aragvi (White Aragvi). The total surface area of the lake is 11,5 km². Lake is surrounded by the forests on the slopes of the mountain ridges of Kartli, Alevi, and Gudamakari.
Construction of the dam was completed in 1985, and Zhinvali Hydroelectric Power Plant (130 MW total power) went into operation in the same year. In addition, Zhinvali Reservoir plays a crucial role in the supply of water for the capital Tbilisi.
Ananuri Architectural Complex is located at the shores of Zhinvali Reservoir. It is worth noting, that reservoir covered a 12th century Church of the Holy Cross that was standing here before the construction. As the level of the lake changes during the year, for 6 months the ruins of the church remain underwater, and for 6 months it can be seen standing on the lake bed.
Aragvi Adventure Center and Adventure club Jomardi offer rafting, kayaking, camping and cycling tours around the area. Rope-park and zip line are favorite place for adventure lovers.
Driving distance from Mtskheta is 40 km(37 min); from Gudauri 68 km (1 h 15 min);
To book a private tour, please, contact the travel expert here or book the itinerary below:
Rafting Tour & Adventure Park
Full Day Mtskheta-Gudauri Tour
Kazbegi Winter tour - Day Trip from Tbilisi
2 Day Tour to Kazbegi
5 Day Glimpse of Georgia
7 Day Visit Georgia
11 Day Georgia-Armenia
15 Day Caucasus Pearls