DESTINATION OF THE WEEK: Ondo
Is Ondo in the South-south or South-west geopolitical zone? This is one question that reveals the diversity of Ondo state. In this region, there is the Yoruba, Ijaw and Ilaje communities who have gone a long way in determining the political, economic and social coloration of the state.
In addition to this diversity, the state is blessed with undulating scenery, virgin forests and graveyard peace that makes it a proper getaway for tourists and visitors.
The state was created on 3rd February 1976 with 18 local governments’ areas and a population of 3,440,000. It has evolved to become a leading tourist destination in Nigeria with a steady rise in the number of tourists it welcomes yearly. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal rounds up places and destinations to visit, relax and have fun.
Top 3 sites
The Idanre Hill is undoubtedly the number one tourist destination in Ondo state. It is located in the ancient town of Idanre. While tourists soak in the scenery and inviting lush landscape, the hill which is above 3,000 ft. above sea level awaits them for a climb will definitely leave grasping for breath.
Aside from the Idanre Hills other features of the Hill are the mysterious writings on the hill and Agbogun Footprint- a mystic footprint that fits any foot no matter the size.
If you are able to make it to the top of the Hill, it give tourists a panoramic view of Idanre. Tourists will be dazed and awed by the sight.
Mare literally means ‘don’t fall’. Hence, to celebrate the heritage and history of the Idanre people and Ondo at large, an international climbing festival was launched in 2009 for this purpose. The festival which is usually held at the end of the year is an opportunity for tourists to check the tourist destinations in Ondo especially the Idanre Hill.
This lake is enmeshed in mystery as it described as a bottomless lake. In other words, the debt is infinite. According to the locals, the lake has spiritual and protective significance as people of Ipesi in Akoko-South West local government believe that the lake can protect them from any harm. The lake is circled by rocks and untapped forest which adds more beauty to the lake.
Ondo state is home to many hotel brands. These brands range from 2, 3, 4 and 5 star hotels. There are also chalets located in the countryside which are affordable and inexpensive. The hotels are Sunview hotel, Lapoint hotel, Royal Parklane Hotel & Suites, Emperor Hotel & Suites, Roberts Inn and Winners Guest House. Travellers can find and book these hotels and more by visiting Jovago.com.
If you relish good food and want something nice to fill your belly, then there is enough for you to eat in Akure, the capital of Ondo to eat. Pupuru is a cuisine that is popular among the Ilajes, Ikales and Apoi people of Ondo state. It is a fermented Cassava meal. Some of them include Ise Oluwa unique restaurants, Concord restaurants, and Ola oluwa food canteen among many others.
From traversing the nooks and crannies of Ondo state, you will discover many shopping centres, markets and stores. Tourists can purchase souvenirs goods as well as perform some essential services. There is the trendy malls in Akure and the shops on the street, you can walk into anyone of your preferred choice. Eagles Resources Centre, Ijapo Market, and Olufunmilayo Shopping centre.
The Ebomi Lake is a believed to a bottomless lake and possesses spiritual powers. It is believed by some Ipesi villagers that the lake offer gifts of fowl to visitors. The truth behind the this make curious tourists to visit the lake.