Unknown reservoirs of Ukraine: 14 waterfalls, lakes, canyons and bays
When traveling, there is always a desire to find places that are not polluted by the presence of civilization, where a person’s foot has not set foot.
But often the whole vacation is repeated at the same popular resorts in Turkey, Egypt and other countries, where it is always crowded, and at a particularly “successful” time - not crowded.
Ukraine boasts hidden corners, far from prying eyes, in connection with which, the search for an alternative is wide and diverse.
In our review: Buksky canyon, White Lake, Sholokhov (Tokovsky) cascade waterfall, Aktovsky canyon, Arbuzinsky canyon, Kobalar (Kozyrek) waterfall, Blue Lakes in Shchurovo, Silver Falls, Bakotsky Bay, Sinyuhi River Canyon, Soledar Lake, Dzhurin (Chogradsky Lake (Dzhurin) ) waterfall, Cahul Lake, Kok-Asan Canyon.
Buksky Canyon is rightly called one of the most beautiful places in Central Ukraine. Its stone shores, estimated at 2 billion years old, hang over the fast-moving Gorny Tikich river. This place has long been chosen by climbers. The winding and long Buksky canyon begins near the two-meter roll of the former dam of the hydroelectric power station, popularly called the Vyr waterfall. Here you can also see the picturesque ruins left over from the old water mill, which was built in the 19th century. You can admire the surroundings of the canyon at the very edge of the water, having a picnic or staying here with a tent for the night.
On the border of the two regions of Vinnitsa and Cherkasskaya, near the village of Buki, is one of the most beautiful canyons of Ukraine. Despite its small length - a little more than 5 kilometers, it attracts many tourists. Someone comes to admire the rocky shores of the Buksky canyon, while others arrange picnics in the numerous glades on both sides of the river.
The canyon was formed by the Gorny Tikich river and ancient cliffs. At the very beginning of the canyon, the two-meter waterfall Vyr is noisy, representing the remains of the first Ukrainian hydroelectric station. There was also a water mill built in the 19th century, and its ruins can be seen today.
The depth of the canyon reaches 20 meters, while the width is not more than 40 meters. The surrounding splendor is very little like the landscapes of Ukraine and resembles Switzerland. The canyon is popular among climbers, although the rocks are not very tall, they are sheer and perfect for training.
Where is: near the village of Buki, Mankovsky district, Cherkasy region.
Karst lake with clear and clear water. The bottom is mostly sandy. A bird's-eye view gives the impression that this pond is actually white. White Lake has healing properties, it is also called the "Lake of Youth". All this is due to the high glycerin content, the water here is even soft to the touch.
White Lake is located near the village of Rudka in Volodymyretsky district, Rivne region. The lake has the glory of a healing and unique reservoir. It is it that is the center of the hydrological complex, which combines forest and swamp areas. Its bicarbonate-calcium-magnesium water with a high glycerin content is considered healing. And the picturesque landscapes around do not leave indifferent any traveler.
The famous scientist Pavel Tutkovsky assures: during the largest in the history of the Earth Dnieper glaciation, the area where the White Lake is now located was the scene of the glacier. That is why there is such a rich relief with the only lake mounds in the Rivne region. According to the scientist, only here you can see unique plants of relics of the ice age. Located at 156.5 meters above sea level, the lake has an oval shape and ten meters depth. The water in the lake is very clean, and its transparency reaches 2.5 meters. Here you can see beavers, muskrats. And on the shore you can find unique plants, among which Lake Molodilnik, listed in the Red Book. Finally, this is the only lake in Ukraine with a high content of glycerin in the water, which makes it healing. They say that even under Poland a narrow gauge railway was laid to him to bring miraculous water to Warsaw to treat the wife of the head of the Polish state, Mrs. Pilsudski. The unusual water that healed the wounds is also mentioned in the partisan archives of the UPA.
They say that once a village was located here. But its inhabitants did not know how to have fun and enjoy life, did not go to church, did not believe in bright feelings. Only a poor guy and a girl from a wealthy family secretly met in a clearing, which locals now call the “Island of Love”. Once an angel came down to people and warned them of the danger that awaits them in case of disobedience to God, but the peasants did not believe. And then one day the village disappeared under a powerful wave of water. And two lovers turned into white swans, who are still returning to their islet in the spring, reminding people of the earthly joys of life. A romantic legend beckons to the shores of a healing lake and tourists. You can get to this place both from Rivne and from Lutsk by minibus.
Where is: the village of Rudka, Vladimir district, Rivne region.
Sholokhov (Tokovsky) cascade waterfall
The Sholokhov waterfall is popularly known as the "Red Stones". This name was given to the area due to the red granites characteristic of this landscape. It is noteworthy that this granite can be found throughout the Dnipropetrovsk region, they are found in architectural elements or monumental buildings. The Sholokhov waterfall itself is small, its length is about 14 m with drops from a few centimeters to several meters. The waterfall begins from a tributary of the Bazavluk River. This cascading waterfall originated in the Mesozoic era. Imagine, he witnessed the birth of human civilization.
The cascade waterfall, known as the "Red Stones", is one of the most beautiful places in the Dnipropetrovsk region. An oasis spread among picturesque hills attracts many tourists every year.
Enjoying the contemplation of a noisy waterfall, whose length is about 14 meters, is best in spring, when stormy streams are especially deep. The waterfall consists not only of cascades, the height of which reaches one and a half meters, but also of rapids, and granite "baths", which is its highlight. Near the waterfall is a picturesque lake.
In Soviet times, the waterfall was almost destroyed. It got its name - “Red Stones”, because the granite rocks, among which the waterfall flows, have a characteristic reddish tint. Previously, a stone crushing plant was located in these places; traces of development can still be found to this day. The granite mined here was used for the construction of many buildings. For example, they faced Moscow bridges and metro stations. Due to the subversive operations that were carried out during the extraction of stone, the waterfall was damaged. And the rare plants that grew in this area have disappeared. This hydrological natural monument is located 55 km from Nikopol and 100 km from Dnepropetrovsk.
Where is: Tokovskoye village, Apostolovsky district, Dnipropetrovsk region.
Aktovsky Canyon is a unique place where the ensemble of steep rocks and granite boulders is combined with the world of plants. It is called "Devil's Canyon" or "Lesser Crimea". Its landscape reminds of the famous canyons of North America. The flowing river Dead Dead is saturated with hydrogen sulfide and has a strange color, but there are places for swimming with clean clear water. Next to the Aktovsky canyon is another amazing place - Tricratsky forest-labyrinth.
You can see a piece of North America with its world-famous canyons in the Nikolaev area. Granite boulders, steep cliffs, huge stone blocks hanging over the Dead Dead River, were called "Devil's Valley."
The Aktovsky canyon, which is part of the Bugsky Gard National Natural Park, is included in the list of seven natural wonders of Ukraine and is considered one of the oldest Eurasian land areas. The depth of the Ukrainian canyon reaches 50 meters, and the area it occupies is 250 hectares.
Due to the difficult terrain, tourists are not able to go rafting on the Dead Dead River, but climbers loved the local places. The valley is of interest to lovers of antiquity and those who are fond of esotericism. After all, the canyon was the sacred center of Scythia, where in ancient times people performed rituals and offered prayers to their gods.
Where is: with. Aktovo, Voznesensky district, Nikolaev region.
Arbuzinsky Canyon is the younger brother of Actovsky Canyon. The name was given to him by the small, but stubbornly making his way through the boulders, the river Arbuzinka. According to estimates, granite-basaltic rocks of the Arbuzinsky canyon formed about 4 billion years ago. Due to its volcanic origin, there is no winter in this area, because the volcano that gave life to this region has not yet cooled down. Both canyons - Aktovsky and Arbuzinsky are part of the Bug Guard.
Arbuzinsky Canyon is located near the villages of Aktovo and Tricrata and is part of the Bugsky Gard National Natural Park. Arbuzinsky Canyon is located near the Aktovsky Canyon, therefore it is often called the Small Aktovsky Canyon.
The rock of Arbuzinsky Canyon was formed more than 4 billion years ago due to volcanic activity, which in ancient times acted on almost the entire surface of the Earth. Rocks that stand hundreds of years, surprisingly, have minimal destruction. For centuries, the Southern Bug River and many adjacent rivers have made their way through the stones, gradually forming rocky gorges with a river below. So Arbuzinsky Canyon was formed. Locals claim that the volcano that formed this miracle of nature has not cooled down - almost always violets bloom in the middle of winter. Arbuzinsky Canyon is truly beautiful: the rocks washed by water for centuries have become smooth and overgrown with green moss; every corner is overgrown with all kinds of trees and flowers. On the territory of the canyon live such animals as: moles, bisons, muskrats, wild boars, deer. By the way, stones were installed in Vienna that symbolized all continents, and the stone of Europe was taken from this place.
Of course, upon learning of such an amazing place, there is a desire to immediately get there. However, the path to the canyon is not easy. It is best to go here by car. You can get to Arbuzinsokm canyon either by road through the village of Berezovka, or through the city of Nikolaev. You can get to the canyon through Berezovka faster, but still it is better to go through Nikolaev - the road will be a little longer, but smoother and easier.
Where it is: near the villages of Aktovo and Tricrata, Voznesensky district, Nikolaev region.
Kobalar Waterfall (Visor)
Among the waterfalls, the so-called ephemeral waterfalls are distinguished - those that appear only in wet weather. Cobalar is just that. From a height of 14 m, the stream falls into a small lake, creating a transparent water curtain. You can admire this spectacle only in spring and winter, in the summer season, the spring usually runs low. The name Peak was given to this place due to the unusual shape of the ledge, from which a small brook falls.
On the Kobalar-Su stream, three kilometers from the village of Peredovoye, there is one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the Crimean peninsula - Kobalar Waterfall. On the way to the Baydar Valley, a stream flows through the Kobalar Dere Valley, which is surrounded on all sides by mountains, hiding picturesque places in its nooks. From a height of about 14 meters, the stream enters a crystal clear lake, forming a screen from the water under the stones. Due to the peculiar protrusion of the waterfall from which the water falls, tourists gave this beautiful place their simple name - Kozyrek. Translated from the Turkic language, "Kobalar" means "cave ravine."
A magnificent stream can be admired only in winter and spring. Unfortunately, with the onset of summer, a waterfall with a stream usually dries up. After all, the waterfall "lives" due to the meltwater that descends from the snowy peaks. From time immemorial and almost to the 18th century, many snails were found in the vicinity of the waterfall, which at different times were practically the food of local residents. Soon the markets of cities such as Yalta, Balaklava and Sevastopol were filled with these mollusks. During the Great Patriotic War, soups were cooked from snails at a waterfall and thereby entire families escaped from hunger. From Kozyrka you can take a walk to several more beautiful waterfalls that are located upstream in the tributaries of the stream.
A hiking trail leads to the waterfall, and in its vicinity there are places equipped for relaxation, in which you can not only enjoy the magnificent view, but also grill the barbecue.
Where is: the village of Peredovoye, Sevastopol district, Crimea.
Blue Lakes in Shchurovo
The name " Blue Lakes " speaks for itself. The water in them is really clean, blue and never stagnates. This is due to underground sources providing a constant circulation of the water stream. The area is surrounded by pine forest and sandy beaches.
This amazing attraction is located near the village of Shchurovo in the Donetsk region. It is amazing because it has crystal clear water. A few years ago, quarries were located here. In the 1960s, quarries were filled with water from a spring, and the Blue Lakes began to exist. Another active quarry remained on the lakes, with the help of which sand is mined.
Many tourists dream of visiting this place, breathing in clean air, and plunging into the natural world. It is very beautiful here, it seems that the human hand did not touch this beautiful place at all. Pine forest surrounds the Blue Lakes, so the air here is as clean as the ponds themselves. Tourists who first arrived on the Blue Lakes are impressed by the fact that the water is really blue, even after a long time it does not stagnate. Sandy beaches are always clean.
This is a great place for families. Having been here, you will gain energy and strength, and you can also admire the amazing nature.
Where is: the village of Shchurovo, Krasnolimansky district, Donetsk region.
This Crimean attraction is unusually beautiful at any time of the year. Waterfall Silver jets or just Silver is an overhanging cap of moss, which flows silver threads of water. Look at it carefully in the sunlight.
This incredibly beautiful waterfall is located in the Crimea near the village of Sokolinoe. Silver Jets Falls cannot leave anyone indifferent; foreign tourists come to see this miracle of nature.
The appearance of the waterfall resembles a huge musical instrument, and the escaping water is like silver strings. Looking at him, one gets the impression that someone is really playing on him, and his melody is heard by all the inhabitants of the forest. At the top is a huge hat of green moss. This gives the Silver Falls a certain originality. You will be lucky if you find this charming landmark after heavy rains or filled with melting snow. Then the discharge water is a delight.
The waterfall is especially beautiful both on hot days and on frosty days, so at any time of the year it is an impressive sight to watch. Silver Falls is located next to a beautiful forest, which blows clean and pleasant air. This place causes only positive emotions and impressions, so it is definitely worth a visit.
Where it is: near the village of Sokolinoye, Bakhchisaray district, Crimea.
The emergence of the Bakot Bay is associated with the flooding of four villages in the Dniester Valley after the completion of the construction of the Novodnistrovskaya Hydroelectric Power Station. Now, coming here, you can admire truly cosmic landscapes. The uniqueness of this place lies in the fact that it is surrounded by rocks, so a special microclimate has formed here, which is more likely characteristic of the southern latitudes. An inexperienced traveler will always find something to his liking in this amazing region.
Bakotsky Bay is located 50 km from the city of Kamenetz-Podolsky. It is not inferior in landscape to either the Crimea or Croatia. Previously, the village of Bakota stood on this site, but the construction of the Dniester hydroelectric power station had negative consequences and the whole village went under water. In this unique place you will see amazing pictures of nature, you will be charmed by the Bakotsky Bay area. The climate here is quite warm due to the rocks present, which withstand all wind gusts and create quiet weather, which tourists especially like.
Kievan Rus left its memo here - a rock monastery. Visiting tourists can not resist and are primarily in a hurry to get to St. Michael's Monastery, which is located inside the rock. Near the monastery there are springs with mineral waters. Rumor has it that they have healing properties and are able to positively affect human health.
It is best to stay in Kamenetz-Podolsky, there is a wide selection of housing for any wallet. At the bay you can stop in tents, there is also the opportunity to rent a trailer. You need to take food with you, although a small tent is often opened on the territory where you can buy something to eat. The nearest store is two kilometers away. Tourists often come here for one day. Here you can get plenty of fun. There is a wooden pier, a catamaran and several boats. For the evening, it is better to bring warm clothes and mosquito repellent. This paradise will allow you to plunge into the world of pure, beautiful nature, get a lot of positive emotions, forget all everyday problems and completely relax.
Where is: Bakota, Kamyanets-Podilskyi district, Khmelnitsky region.
Sinyuhi River Canyon
Another little-known place in Ukraine is the canyon of the Sinyukha River . It should be said that the total length of the Sinyukha River is more than 100 km, it is considered one of the cleanest rivers, because you will not find a single industrial enterprise on it. The canyon itself occupies only a small part of the reservoir, but at the same time this site is one of the most beautiful.
The picturesque place, formed by granite rocks that came to the surface, is located on the territory near the village of Ternovka at the mouth of the Sinyukha River, a tributary of the Southern Bug. Cyanosis runs more than 100 kilometers, but only in this place creates an amazingly beautiful view. The landscape in this area is represented by a rare deciduous forest, mainly occupying the coast almost at the very edge of the water. A granite rock stands above the river, rising above the water to a 20-meter height.
The Sinyukha River is considered one of the cleanest rivers in Ukraine. This is all due to the excellent biosphere and the lack of significant runoff. From the canyon, upstream, there is a hydroelectric power station. If you have time, you can go to her. In the canyon is another local attraction - the building of the old water mill, built in these places in the 19th century. Be sure to visit this place. Here you can take great pictures. In addition, only in this place you can cross the river. At the confluence of the Sinyukha River and its tributaries Yatran, the Kogutovka landscape reserve was organized. To get there, you need to go from the mill to the tributary Yatran. There you will see granite rocks of different heights: enchanting landscapes. Here passes the ecological path.
You must use the highway Kiev - Odessa, a turn near the city of Uman. The village of Ternovka is 50 km from the highway. It is better to use private transport or as part of an organized tour.
Where it is: near the village of Ternovka, Novoarkhangelsky district, Kirovohrad region.
The next reservoir is rather unusual and even mysterious. The Soledar Lake has an abnormal water temperature, it is also called the "heated" lake. The fact is that, descending to a depth, the temperature rises, although it should be exactly the opposite. The catch is that it is not possible to explore this mystery of nature. In an attempt to go down to the bottom, scuba divers noticed that the water was condensing, turning into "liquid glass" and pushing anyone who tried to go too deep to the surface.
A small lake near the city of Soledar, Donetsk region, was formed due to mineralized mine waters. Previously, salt was mined in the lake area, but then the mines were closed, this happened in the middle of the 20th century. Lakes were discovered by divers in 2011. The surrounding lakes were also examined, however, none of them have similar properties.
Soledar Lake may have remained unexplored, but its unique properties were accidentally discovered by local divers who found that the deeper it goes down to the bottom of the lake, the higher the temperature of its water rises. On the surface, the water usually does not warm more than 20–25 ° С, but at a depth of 4–6 meters the temperature rises to 30–40 ° С. This unusual phenomenon raises many questions about the nature of this phenomenon, because the existence of a geothermal water outlet in this place is impossible, there remains the assumption of unique underwater currents and water density in the lake at depths of 6 meters, and the liquid consistency is rapidly changing to a state that divers describe as "liquid glass". The depth of the lake reaches 100 meters, but its study is seriously difficult due to the unique properties of water and a strange temperature anomaly.
Diving unprofessional divers unaccompanied by local instructors into the lake is undesirable due to the danger posed by the unique nature of the water, which can be compared with the waters of the Dead Sea.
Where is: Soledar city, Donetsk region
Dzhurinsky (Chervonogradsky) waterfall
Dzhurinsky waterfall is the largest plain waterfall in Ukraine. They say he arose artificially. Legend has it that during one of the Turkish raids that took place more than 4 centuries ago, the invaders changed the course of the Jurin River. The enemy army hoped that the inhabitants of the city would be tormented by thirst and that they would remove the defense of the fortress. By the way, near the waterfall are the beautiful ruins of Chervonogradsky Castle. A city with this name has long ceased to exist, but you can take a look at its remains.
Dzhurinsky waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Western Ukraine. The aquatic handsome owes his name to the river of the same name Dzhurin.
Locals love to tell an old legend about how, during the raids of enemy troops by the Turks, the townspeople hid in the walls of a medieval fortress. Water flowed into it from the Jurin River. The enemy, knowing this, cunningly redirected the course so that the impregnable citadel was left without a vital source. And the result was a delightful waterfall, the cascades of which reach a height of several meters. Today, the length of the Dzhurinsky waterfall is 16 meters. The water pressure is so great that, being near the falling water, it is difficult to hear other sounds. A beautiful addition to the flowing waterfall is a beautiful forest landscape.
In addition to the miracle of nature, travelers should also see the creation of human hands - the nearby castle of Chervonograd. More precisely, these are the ruins of a castle-fortress, which have been preserved from the ancient city. After the Second World War, the city disappeared from the face of the earth, there were only two abandoned towers that preserve the memory of historical events of 12-13 centuries.
Where is: Nyrkov village, Zaleshchitsky district, Ternopol region.
Cahul is a Ukrainian lake that is impossible to stop looking at. In addition, this is the southernmost point after the Crimea. It is here that birds fly in to wait out the winter, their numerous nests can be seen among the rocks. The area around the lake is quite typical for the south. It is hot and there are no people nearby. In other words - the perfect place to take a breath from the hustle and bustle of megacities.
The lake is located near the village of Nagornoye, Odessa region. Part of the lake is located in Moldova. Scenic views and warm water with wild beaches attract vacationers from all over the area. The maximum depth of the lake reaches 30 meters, the bottom is silty, turning closer to the shore into sand. Not far from the reservoir there is a canyon that crosses a small hill with a wonderful view of the surrounding nature. Basically, Lake Cahul enjoys attention in the hot summer months, at other times of the year on its shores you can meet fishermen from among local residents. Catfish, pike, bream, silver carp, grass carp, and other species of fish are found here. This is the nesting place of many birds. In the limestone rocks you can see their nests.
There are several places for swimming, but it is better to ask locals about them - so save time in finding a suitable parking. The infrastructure is very poorly developed. If you want to come here with an overnight stay, it is worth taking tents and non-perishable food. There are shops in the village of Nagoronoye, but you still need to get to it.
With small children, you should not go here, as there are rocks, cliffs, and the water is opaque. But the rest here is still wonderful. What is the sunset on Cahul Lake worth!
Where it is: near the village of Nagornoye, Reni district, Odessa region.
Kok-Asan Canyon is the most unspoilt, waterfall and cascading attraction of the Eastern Crimea. It is formed by the Kuchuk-Karasu River, in its possessions there are 4 impressive waterfalls with many cascades-rapids - the famous Cheremisovsky waterfalls. The highest of them is called the Russian roller coaster, where water flows down a zigzag rock mass. Do not forget about the "bathtubs of youth" - small lakes with clean and cool water.
The young canyon, which is not even 10 thousand years old, was formed by the Malaya Chernaya River, previously called Kuchuk-Karasu. Numerous small and large waterfalls flow down from the rocky mountains and hills, which are the exit of basalt to the surface.
The area around is overgrown with dense deciduous forest, partially hiding it from the observer. The terrain in this area can cause difficulties for an inexperienced tourist, so you must follow the signs or ask the locals for directions.
The opening view of the canyon and waterfalls makes it possible to feel harmony with nature. Going down or going upstream, you can see not only waterfalls, the largest of which is located at a 20-meter height, but also small flowing lakes formed by rocky ledges. The lakes here are quite shallow, so the temperature in them rarely rises above 8–10 ° C even on the hottest day.
Where is: the village of Povorotnoye, Belogorsky district, Crimea.