Svirskoje gorge: how to get there, route, photos

Svirskoye Gorge

Svir Gorge

Svir Gorge is an amazing natural landmark of the Krasnodar region, located near the village of Lazarevskoye. The territory of the rocky gorge is part of the Sochi National Park.

Here, in the shadow of steep cliffs, flowing river Svirka. Thanks to this small but powerful mountain stream, and actually formed a unique and picturesque canyon Sochi. Beginning its way in the upper reaches of the Boztepe mountain, the river descends into the Black Sea, forming on its way numerous waterfalls and creeks. The sightseeing trail provides an opportunity to examine in detail all the waterfalls, each of which is attractive in its own way.

Direct sunlight rarely gets to the depths of the gorge, so the water is always cool (no more than 15 degrees), but that does not stop tourists from the temptation to swim in one of the water bowls, especially in the summer heat.

Svir Gorge

Svir Gorge in Lazarevskoye is a place for people who love mountains and hiking. The roads are not always easy – sometimes there are quite steep descents and ascents. At the same time for tourists created all the necessary infrastructure: signs, signs with information, laid transitions, walkways, bridges and stairs with handrails. Since on the way will be not only equipped with paths, but also rocky and unpaved terrain, it is recommended to pick the appropriate shoes for the campaign – sneakers, shoes, etc.

To get lost on the road to the gorge will be quite difficult, all the way around you will come across signs made in paint – on boulders, gravel and trees.

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Svirskoy Gorge sights

The entire length of the gorge, and it is more than three kilometers, visitors accompanied by various natural attractions, lush flora and clean air. If only to see the waterfalls “Adam and Eve”, “Svirsky” and “Teziny Tears”, they are worth visiting.

Besides waterfalls tourists come to look at ancient trough-shaped dolmen, presumably III century BC, as well as a huge boulder of unusual shape – “Moon Stone”.

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Svirsky waterfall

The first natural beauty on the tourists’ way is the seven-meter high Svirskiy waterfall. It’s believed that you can wash away all sins by walking under this waterfall. Water comes down a deaf wall, with plenty of white foam and bright splashes.

At the foot of the waterfall, under the action of falling water, there is a small lake, about two meters deep. The water is crystal clear and cool, even during the season, the water there does not get warmer than 14 degrees Celsius.

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The trail leading to the waterfall, lies between the walls covered with lime deposits on which the water flows. Despite the presence of special platforms, during the rains the water in the river overflows, and as a result, in some places you have to wade.

Mother-in-law’s Tears Falls

Next, tourists will find no less spectacular waterfall – “Mother-in-law’s tears”. There is a natural water body under its broad streams that is suitable for swimming.

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Adam and Eve Waterfall

Last but not least in terms of beauty, the waterfall lies at the very end of the Svirsky Gorge. Hidden from view, the cascade consists of two different heights of waterfalls, thanks to which, apparently, and got its name.

Dolmen “Glory”

Among the beech bushes there is already a man-made sight – an ancient stone dolmen of a trough-like shape. The upper part of the dolmen is split, and it is half-covered with earth. Outside the construction is covered with ancient signs – petroglyphs. People not indifferent to esoterics attribute mystical properties to this place.

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“Moon Stone”.

Another famous artifact of the Svirskogo gorge – the mysterious Moonstone. The unusual stone block is shaped like a royal throne, and its height is about five meters. It is believed that in ancient times, the stone was processed manually, and therefore it is recognized as a historical monument, and now it is under the protection of the state. According to legend, if you touch the stone during a full moon, your deepest wish comes true.

Picnic Glade

In addition to postcard views with rocky landscapes and other natural beauties, Svirskoje gorge can please vacationers with plenty of places to relax and have a picnic. After walking about 200 meters along the riverbed, there will be a large grassy glade near the waterfalls. The place is equipped with all the amenities for a comfortable pastime – wide wooden tables, benches, barbecues for cooking on an open fire.

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How to get to the Svirskoje gorge by yourself

The way to the Svirsky Gorge begins in Lazarevskoye. From the center go along Pobedy Street to the stop “Cafe Minutka”, then turn right along Svirskaya Street. At the end of the street will be a ticket office. Along the way there will be signs to the gorge itself and to its waterfalls.

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From Sochi to the Svirsky Gorge is almost 70 kilometers. To get there you will first need to take a train to Lazarevskaya station, and then walk or take a bus.

From the center of Lazarevskoe buses 69 and 70 go to the bus stop “Cafe Minutka”, and from the Tuapse side – 159, 161, 162.

You can also take a cab, using one of the applications – Yandex.Taxi, Uber, Gett, Maxim.

Since the Svirskoye Gorge is an object of the Sochi National Park, you must pay the park ecological fee of 200 rubles to pass.

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There are many beautiful places on the short route. Waterfalls – THREE! Moonstone, dolmens and canyon here, too)

Beautiful landscapes in the Svirskaya River gorge, rich with waterfalls and water bowls, as well as breathtaking panoramas of rivers, mountains and cliffs. You can see all this even without leaving the village of Lazarevskoye.

Here, in the shadow of steep cliffs, flows the river Svirka. Thanks to this small, but powerful mountain stream, in fact, and formed a unique and picturesque canyon in Sochi. Beginning its way in the upper reaches of the Boztepe mountain, the river descends into the Black Sea, forming on its way numerous waterfalls and creeks.

This place is considered a natural reserve, so you have to pay symbolic 100 rubles per person for the entrance. For this money we are welcomed by many bridges, signs, marks of paint on trees and stones, garbage places and resting places with pavilions. In general this is the case when you can see what they charge for the entrance.

What we will meet on the route:

  1. Svirskoje Gorge
  2. Svirsky waterfall
  3. The part of the canyon “Snake”
  4. “Mother-in-law’s tears” waterfall
  5. Moonstone
  6. Adam and Eve waterfall
  7. Dolmen
  • Itinerary

This map is at the entrance to the ticket office. The arrows on the map show our route. Pink arrows – there, blue – back, also marked on the map section of the canyon “Snake”, I do not know why there are no signs on the map, but it is the most fascinating place along the way.

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I recommend to follow this route if you set a goal to get to all waterfalls. First, you should go to the second clearing and turn right to the waterfall “Svirsky” and walk literally 100 meters to it. Then you should go back to the glade and follow the signs to the waterfall “Teeshin’s tears”. The road is mainly made of broken stone or the forest path, the only difficulty is that the route is uphill. The campaign on endurance turns out, to climb and climb nowhere will not have, only to walk a lot.

All way judging by the map is 9.5 km. We walked from about 12 to 15, ie just to look at everything and everything + cool pictures 3 hours is enough (the required minimum). But because there are glades for rest and places for swimming rest can be increased indefinitely).

There is a ring on the route. When you get to the fork in the moonstone to the left, and the dolmen to the right, I recommend that you go left, to climb the road there is much more comfortable. And through the moon rock we come to the final point of the route waterfall “Adam and Eve”. But back we go on another trail through the dolmen and come out to that very fork.

Red marks on trees and stones will help not to lose your way, because sometimes there are forks leading into the woods.

  • Svirsk gorge and Svirsky waterfall

The first waterfall on the route, which is only 100 meters from the area of rest – glades with pavilions and barbecues. You can reach the waterfall by wooden bridges along the Svirsky gorge.

Even if you are with children, in bad physical shape or simply do not intend to walk almost 10 km along the mountains, you should visit this place anyway if only for the sake of the Svirsky gorge and the waterfall.

This place can be visited in any weather. In the heat through the tree crowns is far from penetrating the sunlight everywhere, so it is comfortable to walk, after the rain there is no mud, as the paths are mostly made of gravel or crushed stone, I don’t know how to read it correctly. But after the rains, the probability of seeing spectacular waterfalls, rather than small trickles, is much higher.

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That’s how we came to the waterfall. It is located among the rocks, these huge rocks overhang you and even from there water drips as if it is raining.

There is also a spring with clean mountain water.

And here is the “Svirsky” waterfall itself. The height of the waterfall is only seven meters, but it does not affect its beauty. They say that even in summer the water in a bowl of the waterfall is not warmer than 14 degrees. Brrr!

Unfortunately, photos do not convey even half of what we see there in reality. I must say that there is a popular belief that if you stand under the jets of the waterfall Svirsky, he will wash away your sins).

As I wrote above, for some reason, this place is not marked on the map, but when you go to the forest trail can be seen that the bottom is something beautiful, and then will be landscaped steep descent to the river. You should definitely go there.

When you get to the river you have to go to the right, there will be a kind of mini waterfall and a big bowl for swimming.

And to the left, there is just a beautiful place with narrow bends and layers of rocks. This is the kind of place that fascinates me the most. It reminds me of Tashtay river canyon (I’ll leave the link to the review below), but it was much harder to get there. And here is almost in the “city” on foot and such beauty.

Usually for such views have to go somewhere far, far away.

And here’s the place where the bowl fills up.

From here you can walk up the river and get to the bowl of the waterfall “Mother-in-law’s tears”, or you can go back to the hiking trail, then we will approach it from above.

I will not bore you with a long wait, enjoy)

Statistically, married men reach this place 27% faster than unmarried men. Auntie’s Tears is quite a high waterfall of unusual shape. It flows into a small lake in which you can also swim.

There is also a sign at the top of the waterfall to the moonstone and the Adam and Eve waterfall.

As we walked through the woods to Moonstone we caught an optical illusion.

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With full confidence that the road goes along the bluff, we went to see what was down there. And as we began to get closer our minds began to realize that there was no cliff, but an ominous lake in which the trees were reflected.

The gloomy lake, which looks like an optical illusion. (Svirskoye Gorge in Lazarevskoye Sochi – review)

Unusual stone boulder in its shape resembles a royal throne, and its height is about five meters. It is believed that in ancient times, the stone was processed manually, and therefore it is recognized as a historical monument, and now it is under state protection. According to legend, if you touch the stone during a full moon, your most cherished wish will come true.

This is the furthest point of the route, but thanks to the looping of the route it is not the last for us. There are at least two versions of the origin of the name. One of them, and as for me, more logical, says that the cascade consists of two different height waterfalls, and the second that up to this waterfall a few come, so those who come may feel like the last or vice versa the first people on earth, because no one around.

Among the beech bushes there is already a man-made sight – an ancient stone dolmen of a trough-like shape. The upper part of the dolmen is split, and it is half-covered with earth. Outside the construction is covered with ancient signs – petroglyphs. People not indifferent to esoterics attribute mystical properties to this place.

Purpose of the dolmen scientists have not established, but there are suggestions that it has or religious purpose or is an ancient tomb. None of these assumptions scientists have not been able to prove. Time has not spared the dolmen and he cracked the top plate and now a tree is growing through it.

I have shown you all the sights and beautiful places that are in this place. Which of them to visit, and which not, the choice of everyone personally according to the desires and abilities. But this place is definitely worthy that you come here and enjoy the mountain stream, waterfalls and just good views.

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