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Medovye Vodopady (Honey Waterfalls)
June 4, 2015 15:38


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. They are called “honey” more for their beauty, but the waterfalls are quite real - five streams are running down the rocks in the Alikonovskoye Gorge, a twenty minute drive from Kislovodsk. There is a Castle of Treachery and Love in the same place, Alikonovskoye Gorge. 

Kislovodsk is a small town in the North Caucasus region of Russia located between Black and Caspian seas. Kislovodsk is best known for its unique walking trails and curative "Narzan" mineral waters. It is also renowned for crystal clean, dry air and plentiful sunlight all year round. The mountains around Kislovodsk are composed of sediment rocks accumulated millions of years ago at the bottom of ancient seas. These rocks are mostly limestone, clay/loam and sandstone. In Kislovodsk there exists a unique rock made of salts of mineral waters.

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”.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Honey Waterfalls Mineralnye Vody Stavropol Territory   

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