The definitive article on Belaya Kalitva. It seems like a small town, but we did not stop driving around it and the surrounding area for 3 days from morning to evening. We could hardly persuade our tireless guide finish the tour and give us some rest in order to collect our thoughts and put our impressions into memory cells.
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Avilovy mountains are located right next to the town of Belaya Kalitva, across the river. Mountains, of course, is said loudly, but they are definitely rocks. Moreover, those from which a good view opens, and on which it is a pleasure to climb. There is also Avilova's cave, named after the monk who once lived in it. Perhaps all this is a legend, because I'm not sure if you can live in this cave..
About five kilometers away, there is the Popovskaya Cave, which is not particularly remarkable in anything, except for its 27-meter manhole. For those who are far from speleology, this is a good way to test yourself. At the end of the manhole there is a small chamber where a maximum of 3 people can fit.
Mountain Two Sisters
Mountain Two Sisters consists of two mountains, which reminded me from a certain angle of the ridges of two sleeping reptiles. Being directly on the mountain, you can see Belaya Kalitva from above, as well as the expanses of the Don steppes stretching into the distance. It seems not at all high, but the feeling of flight does not leave.
Every spring in the Pogorelov farm near Belaya Kalitva, the Kajal Readings festival takes place. Since we were at the end of the summer, we did not catch the action itself, and could just walk around the places where the event is held. Kajal readings are dedicated to the reconstruction of the battle described in the book «A word about Igor's regiment», which took place in these parts. Thousands of people come here, dress up in costumes of those years and the armor of Prince Igor's squad. In addition to the battle itself, there is a craft fair and other entertainment events..