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Sadakhlo (Georgia)

Practical information about Sadakhlo

  • Off the beaten track
1 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1 hr 30 min from Tbilisi by car or public transport
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Sadakhlo

Nicolas Landru Travel writer
117 travel articles

Sadakhlo is a village in the extreme south of Kartli, peopled mainly by Azeris, and home to the main frontier post with Armenia.

My suggestion:
On the roads of Kvemo Kartli you can easily see the distinctive cultural signs of the Azeri minority - the highly decorated and carved metal roofs on practically every house, and the Muslim cemeteries outside the villages.

I went through Sadakhlo several times when I was going by marshrutkafrom Tbilisi to Yerevan. As it's the main frontier post between the two countries, it's almost inevitable you will go there.

Apart from the long hours spent waiting to obtain a visa from the Armenian guards, the sunflower seeds shared with the other passengers who were also waiting, or a few jokes we exchanged with the soldiers, I don't have any memorable souvenirs of the frontier village of Sadakhlo.

The contrast between the transfrontier comings and goings, often from capital to capital, and the deprivation of the region's Azeri peasants, with their donkeys and carts, made a real impact on me, not to mention the village's frontier market which was very lively but also very poor. For visitors, Sadakhlo is just a somewhat strange short stop, a bit of Azerbaijan to have a stamp between Georgia and Armenia,the south Caucasus in miniature ...

A roundabout welcoming visitors to Georgia