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Idanre hills with the highest peak reached by six
hundred and sixty seven (667) steps remain one of the
wonders of nature and a marvelous tourist destination.
Estimated to be over 800 years, they are located in
the ancient town of Idanre, Ondo State, South West,
Nigeria. It is found to be fifteen kilometres (15km)
South West of Akure, the State Capital. The ancient
town is on the hill top while the new settlement is at
the base of the hills. Idanre hills, in the past offered
protection against invaders and are appeased annually.
FEATURES OF IDANRE HILLS
The Idanre hills are steep-sided, smooth and dome-
shaped in nature. The hills, named after some historical
figures in the socio-cultural evolution of Idanre land,
form an inspiring sight. Examples are the Olofin and the Orosun hills named after the pioneer Oba (king) of Oke Idanre and his Olori (queen) respectively. The hills are surrounded by evergreen undulating landscape
EVIDENCE OF PREVIOUS HUMAN
HABITATION ON IDANRE HILLS
1.Owa’s (king) palace courtyard with carved
figures and doors believed to be built in the
seventeenth (17th) century. Also present are

2. Old primary school buildings
3. Native court building
4. The tombs buildings (mausoleum)
5. The Secretary to Owa’s (king) office building
6. The quarters of Oloris (queens)
MONUMENTAL FEATURES
The Agbagba Hill : This hill became popular because of
Agboogun, mysterious footprints that are found on it.
Tourists are allowed to put their feet into the
footprints. Surprisingly and mysteriously, the footprints
contract and expand to accommodate all feet put into
them. It is believed that anybody whose feet do not
exactly fit into the footprints is considered to be a
witch or a wizard.
The Carter Hill : This hill was named after a former
colonial Governor who signed a peace treaty with the
Oba (king) of Idanre dated back in 1891.
The Ajimoba Hill : This hill was named after a dedicated King’s gateman.
The Ilesun Hill : This is 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.
The Arun River: It is a small river found on the hill. A
swim in the middle of the river gives a mysterious
frightening and bustling experience. Arun is a crystal
clear river where crabs and some other aquatic creatures are found.
Cultural features : gods, goddesses and traditional arts
are present on the hills.
ASCENSION TO THE HILL TOP
To get to the top of the hill, tourists would have to
climb six hundred and sixty seven (667) steps with five
(5) resting posts along the steps where tourists can
take rest. The steps and the resting places have been
reconstructed while the notable historical monuments,
such as the old primary school buildings, native court
building, the mausoleum, the Owa’s secretary’s office, the Oloris’ quarters and the ancient palace have all
been rehabilitated for conservation.
In order to complement the tourism potentials of Idanre hills, Ondo State Government has embarked on the construction of an eighteen inches hole-golf course at Atosin-Idanre and a forty bedroom hotel in collaboration with private investors. Idanre hills has been enlisted on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. Looking for an adventurous destination in Ondo State?
Visit the Idanre Hills. You can also get the best hotels in Akure , the capital city of Ondo.

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