Waterfalls, lakes and mineral springs
Keiv falls, one of Sochi’s natural gems, is located in the city’s Adler district, tucked away among dense mountain thickets in the picturesque surroundings of Krasnaya Polyana village.
The waterfall owes its name to Elmar Keivu, the Estonian tourism instructor who discovered it in the Sochi mountains back in 1967. Since then, the waterfall has become one of the key destinations for visitors to the Krasnaya Polyana area and at the end of the last century was regarded as the most popular attraction in this forested region. Today it is a favourite spot for many photographers.
A unique feature of the falls is that its waters do not dry out in the summer heat nor do they freeze in the depths of winter.
To get to the falls, visitors need to get to the Krasnaya Polyana tourist center of the Russian Ministry of Defence, the starting point for the long hiking trail that leads to the falls. The distance from the tourist center to the waterfall is about 2.5 kilometers and takes at least 1.5 hours to hike.