You really can never overemphasize the beauty of our great country, the sheer number of tourist destinations in the different regions portrays this fact. These natural havens are spread evenly across Nigeria. Unique destinations and special sites that will help in boosting the tourism potentials of the country and the economy at large. The North central region and Kwara State precisely boasts a number of these special sites. The “State of Harmony” is one place to cherish. Lots of exciting destinations and fascinating places to visit. They are destinations one will savour. Remarkable places that will leave indelible memories for all time. Let’s take you on an amazing ride to the evergreen state of Kwara. Here are five fascinating tourist attractions in Kwara State;
How did they get there? What did they do? Are these human beings that were turned into stones when the Ifa held sway? These questions and more are sure to populate your thoughts when you visit the house of stones. Esie museum is referred to as one of the must-see museums in Nigeria. Established in 1945, it’s also the first of its ilk in Nigeria. It’s located in Esie, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara state. It is known to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
The wonder in the wildness is an amazing sight to behold. Surrounded by a potpourri of rocky escarpments and thick vegetation in the Owa-Kajola axis, the Owu falls drops graciously from 120m above the ground into an ice cold pool of water ideal for swimming and other activities. The melodious music that accompanies the fall and splashes in perfect harmony with billowing trees creates a fascinating scenery and peaceful atmosphere.
The Pategi beach lies along the banks of the River Niger and features a long stretch of land used by both fishermen and holidaymakers. The beach offers an annual carnival and boat regatta which attract lots of tourists to Kwara state.
Mungo Park Monument
Kwara state is home to a cenotaph erected between the twin Jebba bridges in memory of Mungo Park. He is the famous European explorer who is credited in history for discovering River Niger. Tourists visiting the monument also have an opportunity to see the boat that Mungo Park used in one of his explorations on the River Niger.
Hidden deep within the heart of Okelele quarters in Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara State is Dada Pottery workshop. It is one of the largest traditional pottery workshops in Nigeria. For those patient and persistent enough to delve deep and look past the unflattering environment is a wonder of art and culture. Free advice; make sure to take your wallet along with you so as not to miss out on the beautiful pots on offer.