Idanre Hills Ondo State: The arrays of beauty mystery and majesty
Idanre Hill is one of the most awesome and beautiful natural landscapes in Nigeria, otherwise known as ‘Oke Idanre’ is situated in Idanre town in Ondo state and is said to have existed for over 800 years.
It is one of those rare places where beauty, mystery, and majesty speaks with the voice of silence. A cluster of intimidating and imposing hills housing some wonderful things which confound the senses.
Located in Idanre Town, about 24 kilometres southwest of Akure, Ondo State capital, the ancient Idanre Hills had been a home for the Idanre community for hundresd of years. The hills consists of about 667 steps along which have five resting post along the steps to the top. At the top, there is an intriguing footprint, the Agboogun footprint, which is widely believed that can be enlarged to accommodate every foot.
It is equally believed that everybody whose foot does not exactly fit into the footprint is considered to be a witch or wizard.
The Agboogun Footprints
Idanre Hills also consists of high plain with spectacular valleys of about 3,000ft above sea level. Its physical attractions include Owa palace, Shrines, Old court, Belfrey and many others. As a natural and cultural landscape, Idanre Hills have been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this was done in October 2007.
One of the numerous artifacts is the ‘Art of Noah’ an ancient wooden structure made in form of a ship like the one talked about in the bible and placed on a relatively flat hilltop, we also have the Ilesun Hill named after a great warrior who killed his daughter in fulfillment of his vow to sacrifice the first living thing that would come his way if he should win the war he went into. The girl was buried at the base of the Ilesun Hill. Annual commemoration ceremony is observed on the hill by children of her age.
Idanre is that place that makes you realise we have so much history and beautiful scenery in Nigeria. Looking forward to an adventureu ? Idanre Hills should definitely top your list.