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Sataplia is a famous karst cave in Georgia . Besides breathtaking speleothems, it is famous for archaeological findings - dinosaur footprints. The cave is located approximately 6 km from the town Tsqaltubo . The name Sataplia is derived from the Georgian word "tapli" i.e. honey as the locality is well known for bees.

Basic Facts

The Sataplia karst cave is situated within the Sataplia preserve. It is 300 m long, 10 m high and 12 m wide. During the tour around the cave interiors you can admire magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. The Sataplia was discovered in 1925 by P. Chabukiani, local teacher and naturalist. The dinosaur footprints, aged 120 million years, were found in 1933. Two different layers of the Cretaceous limestone revealed nearly 200 dinosaur footprints. When in the Sataplia cave, you will come across footprints made by other species as well. For example, there are 30 cm long footprints in the lower layer that belong to an unknown predator, while the upper layer offers a view of 48 cm long footprints of the ornitopod herbivore.

Practical information

The Sataplia karst cave is open to public. The tours are offered only in Georgian language. There is a speleological museum near the cave and it is worth visiting as well. The Sataplia cave is best accessible by taxi from the main square in the town Kutusai (the ride lasts approximately 45 minutes) .

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GPS: 42.3101, 42.6476
Altitude: 204 m
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Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:16:29 PM

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