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Honey Waterfalls Resort
June 5, 2015 00:37


The sweet name “Medovye Vodopady” (“Honey Waterfalls”) attracts visitors at any time of the year - this place is included into the list of the main tour objects of the Caucasian Mineralnye Vody. 

These waterfalls cannot be called an outstanding natural attraction like Chegemskie Waterfalls in Kabardino-Balkaria. And there is no story associated with them, except for a legend about honey. It’s just a very beautiful place. The viewing platforms offer wonderful views of the water flows (each of the five, of course, has its own romantic name and a legend; the height of the biggest one amounts to 20 meters), the Alpine meadows, mountain ranges rugged with narrow ravines.

You can swim in the natural water pools formed by the waterfalls. However, if you will enjoy the swimming or not depends on your personal taste - the water is no warmer than 16 degrees even in the hottest summer. But people happy with wine, barbecue and the Caucasus are rarely stopped by this fact. However, they come here not because of that. In recent years “Medovye Vodopady” turned into a full-flex tourist complex, one of the best ones in terms of service and opportunities for outdoor activities in the North Caucasus.

A tourist shelter was built here even during the Soviet years, but it was abandoned during the reformation period of the late 1980s - early 1990s. The nearby stud farm was also going to disappear, until a local businessman Mussa Batashev decided to rent the land in order to organize a horse rental. The horses were taken just from the stud farm - Karachai breed is ideal for horse rides, as well as Kabarda breed. The new rental pretty quickly gained recognition among Russian horsemen, getting in a row with the same institutions in Adygea, Bashkiria and the Altai - these places are considered the best in the country for horse riding.

The stables were complemented by a tourism centre (now 35 people can accommodate in cottages, but the centre is to be expanded by 2014), a large cafe, pavilions, a mini-zoo, an ethnographic museum, tea houses and souvenir shops.

There are also guided tours to these places (mainly from the resorts of the Caucasian Mineralnye Vody), independent tourists go here on a weekend or on a vacation. Organized groups are usually accompanied by their own guides, because almost any guide from the resorts of the Caucasian Mineralnye Vody can provide a full tour of the facilities within a radius of 150 km.

The tours to the surroundings for individual tourists are delivered by the workers of the ethnographic museum “Karachaevskoe Podvorye”. This museum contains original objects of traditional life from the remote villages of the republic and interesting old photographs. Mass “brand” events of national importance are often held in “Medovye Vodopady”.

For example, the world’s largest khychin (a flat cake with meat) that aimed at the Guinness Book of Records and surely got there, was baked here. A big ayran festival was organized here in the autumn of 2013.

The residents of Karachay-Cherkessia and Stavropol come here for weekends in order to fish (river trout live in the river), barbecue, take a steam in the Russian bath and cheer up with herbal tea with the legendary mountain honey. All in all, a trip to “Medovye Vodopady” is something like a brief immersion in a “real Caucasus” with all its beauty and entertainment, just a half an hour drive from the main regional airport in Mineralnye Vody.

For tourists it is important that the popularity of the tourist complex does not inspire its owner to relax and earn money for the “brand”, but stimulates him to further development.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Honey Waterfalls Mineralnye Vody Stavropol Territory   

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