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Prometheus Cave

A STALACTITE CAVE IN THE HEART OF GEORGIA

What is the Prometheus Cave?

The Prometheus cave (also knonw as Kumistavi Cave) is a stalactite cave located near Kutaisi in the Imereti region. It’s full with stunning stalactites and stalagmites illuminated with really cool lights. The cave has different halls (6 are open for the public) where you can see the lights, mirror pool, stalagmites and stalactites. It opened for tourists in May 2011 and is a really cool add on to your Georgian travel itinerary.

Opening Hours

Everyday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Monday closed)

Entrance Fees

The current entrance fee is 20 GEL to enter the cave and walk through it, including a tour guard. The boat ride costs 17 GEL.

Visit Duration

One to two hours, depending on your tour guide, as some of them take their time to explain some things.

The Prometheus Cave is located about 20 km from Kutaisi.

Tips for your visit

Arrival

At the location of Prometheus cave, upon arrival, you can easily spot a café to get a drink or snack, a WC and a gift shop. 

 

Taking pictures
The cave has very uncommon features, as you can find blue lights, orange lights, even red and pink lights as you walk through the cave. Although some places are colorful, there are other places that are dark. Taking pictures with phone cameras will come out a bit dark, due to the lights, so a camera is a better option if available.

 

When to visit

Best time to visit the cave is during the summer, as it is the best place to be in after being under the hot Georgian sun. The caves are cold.

 

Dress

As you walk down the cave, you need to be careful because the ground is very slippery, and one could fall easily. Make sure to wear good shoes.

How to get to Promethaus Cave

Kutaisi to Prometheus Cave

If you are at Kutaisi it takes about 50 minutes to get to the cave, depending on how long you have to wait for the minibuses. 

Take a taxi to Kutaisi Main Bus Station and from there, ask for the Marshrutka (Minibus) No. 30 which goes directly to Tskaltubo stop. The cost of this trip is 1 GEL, and you can pay with a metro smartcard or coins. The duration from the main bus station to Tskaltubo is 30 minutes.

From Tskaltubo, take another Mashurtka (Minibus) No. 42 that goes straight to Prometheus cave. The costs are the same, 1 GEL. It takes around 20 minutes to get here.

The second option would be to hire a private taxi from your location straight to Prometheus cave. This may cost between 50- 100 GEL, depending on your exact location. 

Tbilisi to Prometheus Cave

  1. Take a Marshrutka from Station square or Didube station that goes to Kutaisi Main station. The cost for this is 10 Gel and duration is 3.5 hours. Check Tbilisi Transport article for more details on how to get from Tbilisi to Kutaisi. 
  2. Board a train from Didube station that goes to Kutaisi. The cost of this is 10 GEL and duration is 5 hours.  
  3. You can a hire a private taxi which will cost about 130- 150 GEL. You can negotiate with the driver to take you straight to Prometheus cave.

More Transport Options

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