Jermuk & Shaki Waterfall

Jermuk & Shaki Waterfall

Jermuk, is a mountain spa town and the center of the urban community of Jermuk in Vayots Dzor Province at the south of Armenia. Characterized by a mild climate and clean air, where you can find picturesque spots, mountains, healing mineral waters, sanatoriums, and more. It was considered one of the popular destinations for medical tourism in the Soviet Union. Whether you are an adventure seeker or simply want to explore another town in Armenia, Jermuk is a great stop for every type of person.

Here you can find Gndevank Monastery which is an ideal place to go for the enjoyment of being surrounded by the harmony of nature. Even though Armenia might not be home to the most magnificent waterfalls in the entire world, it does nonetheless have its share of beautiful ones. Jermuk Waterfall is the second largest waterfall in the country, situated at 2,000 meters above sea level and the height of the falls is 70 meters.

As the town is known for its healing waters, Jermuk’s “Water Gallery” consists of several pipes that come out from the walls, from which natural mineral water runs right into stone containers. Each pipe shows the water temperature, so you know what to expect before trying it. Each water is also different from the others, and they are believed to have various properties that cure different health issues.

Shaki Waterfall is a waterfall in Armenia, with a height of over 18 meters situated in Syunik Province, 6 km from the town of Sisian. On the left side of the river Vorotan's gorge, basalt lava flows have solidified to form a ledge 18 meters high from which the waterfall cascades down.

Shaki Waterfall is a beautiful spot and was loved much like any other natural attraction until the 1990s, when someone built a small hydroelectric generator nearby and began diverting most of the water from upstream to generate electricity.

In 2017, the Armenian government decided that at least during tourist season, the waterfall should flow uninterrupted and free of charge for much of the day. They set regular opening hours, and now anyone can enjoy the full splendor of the falls – as long as you get there at the right time.

Helpful tips

Markets. In Jermuk as in every other location on the world enjoyed by tourists you will have a chance to buy overpriced souvenirs. However, Shaki is more remote area and there we did not find anything similar.

Transportation. To get to both Jermuk and Shaki waterfall you can use car, bus, train or taxi whichever you think is more convenient for you. We hitchhiked and it went perfectly well. Also, witnessed many people using their own or rented cars, also, bus and taxi tours.

Best of luck planning your holidays in Armenia!

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