Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city. Situated 221 kilometres (137 miles) west of Tbilisi, on the Rioni River, it is the capital of the western region of Imereti. Historically one of the major cities of Georgia, it served as the capital of the Kingdom of Georgia in the Middle Ages, and later as the capital of the Kingdom of Imereti. The Parliament of Georgia moved to Kutaisi in 2012, in an effort to both acknowledge the status of the city, and to decentralise the Georgian government.Kutaisi is surrounded by deciduous forests to the northeast and the northwest. The low-lying outskirts of the city have a largely agricultural landscape. The city centre has many gardens and its streets are lined with high, leafy trees. In the springtime, when the snow starts to melt in the nearby mountains, the storming Rioni River in the middle of the city is heard far beyond its banks.
Kutaisi has an ancient cultural tradition and has so many museums and other cultural institutions,for instance: Kutaisi State Historical Museum. Kutaisi Museum of Sport., Kutaisi Museum of Martial Art, Museum of Zakaria Paliashvili Kutaisi State Historical Archive, Kutaisi State Scientific-Universal Library. David Kakabadze Fine Art Gallery. Art Salon,Akaki Tsereteli State University.On the other hand,there are so many theatres and cinemas, for example:Kutaisi Lado Meskhishvili State Academic Theatre. Kutaisi Meliton Balanchivadze State Opera House. Kutaisi Iakob Gogebashvili State Puppet Theatre Cinema and Entertaining Center “Suliko” .
David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport is an airport located 14 km (8.70 mi) west of Kutaisi. It is one of three international airports currently in operation in Georgia.Kutaisi Rail Terminal has a direct connection with Tbilisi (Central). Line is served by Georgian Railways