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 Location and transport links
Pudozhsky region (area - 12.7 thousand sq. km.) located in the south-east part of Karelia, the eastern coast of Lake Onega. In 2002 it was put into operation connecting section of the road between Pudozh regions of Karelia and Arkhangelsk Kargopol area. It is part of an international highway "Blue Highway", which will connect the northern and north-western regions of Russia with the countries of Scandinavia.

Nature peculiarities
Feature of the area is its very swampy. More than 10% of the territory occupied by rivers and lakes, the largest - Lake Vodlozero and Ileksa river, the main tributary Vodlozero, which is famous for its beauty and obstinate temper. Vodla River, the main waterway of the region. It originates from from the lake Vodlozero, the largest of the 64 lakes of Pudozhsky region.
 
Attractions
Pudozh - distinctive territoty, populated mostly by people from Veliky Novgorod, which was promoted the ancient trade route that connected the city by Lake Onega - r.Vodlu - its tributary casings - r.Onegu from the White Sea.
Pudozh is the third in the republic in the number of cultural and historical monuments, a total of 348, including 152 monuments of architecture, 13 - Art and History, 181 - archeology. This is a huge asset that, until recently, weakly demand.
Onega petroglyphs carved by ancient man on the rocky headlands and islands are the most popular tourist place. This extensive art gallery, with over thousands of pictures, is a monument to the world level. In the future it is necessary arrangement of the territory and to improve its accessibility. So far, the petroglyphs are visited predominantly by wild tourists, who do not always treat them enough carefully.
Holy Assumption acting male Murom Monastery, founded in 1350 is situated near by petrogliphs(25 km south of petroglyphs). It was closed in 1918 and restored in 1991.
On the territory of the region is situated Pudozh ancient cultural area, called Vodlozerye. National Park "Vodlozersky" was organized in 1991, in order to preserve the unique natural heritage Vodlozerie, doing scientific research, organizing environmental education and tourism. It is one of the largest in Europe, was the first protected object of this type in the European North of Russia.
Vodlozersky Park - a great place to travel and recreation for all ages. People who prefer a quiet holiday, offering rural tourism (recreation in cozy small houses on the lake or river, away from the noise), travel by motor boat to the islands of Lake Vodlozero visiting ancient villages and pilgrim tourism to the holy places of the Russian North. For lovers of active holidays there are hiking and ski trails of varying length and difficulty, snowmobile safaris, combined tours and tours - bird watching tours, sport fishing.
In the territory of the park created a variety of tourist infrastructure: two small hotels, hostels, guest houses, saunas, a network of hiking trails year-round, sailing ship "St. Elias" tourist village Varishpelda. Here you can see the sight of federal interest - architectural ensemble Ilyinsky churchyard (1798), is a monument of wooden architecture.
At present, the park developed various forms of eco-tourism, environmental camps are conducted for school children, there is environmental education, and active advertising natural, cultural and educational resources of the region.
There are some traditional holidays like City day (once every two years, June), Elijah's Day on Vodlozero and d.Pyalma (August 2), the festival of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God in d.Kubovskaya (August), "In the land of the epic" dedicated Pudozhsky narrator F.A.Konyshkovu St., Semenov (annually in June), competition ice fishing (annually, April), competition for sports fishing "Pudozhsky burbot" (annual, August) at Lake Vodlozero (NP "Vodlozersky").
 
Key lines of tourist development:
-           further development of tourism and ecological tourism in NP "Vodlozersky";
-           implementation of a complex of measures for the conservation and use of petroglyphs Besov Nos, to create the necessary infrastructure and the construction of the road to the galleries of ancient Onega petroglyphs;
-           improving transport links with Murom Monastery, more active use of its cultural and historical heritage;
-           improving the organization of the famous tourist route water Ileksa - Vodlozero - Vama - Vodla;
-           development of cultural, historical, water sports, scientific, educational, environmental, hunting tourism.