In the rustic town of Ikogosi-Ekiti is one of the nation’s most mythical tourist attraction. Flowing side by side is a warm and cold spring from close proximity. They come to a meeting point, and flow onward still retaining its thermal identity. The meeting point of the warm and cold springs is a unique attraction to tourists.
There are a few legends surrounding the origin and discovery of the Warm Spring and have been passed down generations for centuries. One such myth says that the warm and cold springs were the two wives of a great hunter. One of his wives was said to be temperamental while the other was a quiet woman. One day, the two wives had a fight and after being rebuked by their husband, the temperamental wife changed to the warm spring while the quiet one turned to the cold spring. Another myth says a powerful hunter, who was hunting for animals in the bush, discovered the warm spring. After the discovery, the people of the town discovered that the warm water was curative, curing many diseases among them. Hence, the people started to worship the water.
The volume of water coming from the springs remains constant and warm from morning to evening. A strong steam is noticed when one pays a visit to the warm spring source early in the morning. During the Harmattan period (a dry period which occurs usually from November to late March, including the period of dry, dusty Harmattan winds in December), a fog is also noticed at the source of the spring. Scientifically, the reason for the hot and cold springs is that the further water travels underground the warmer it becomes. If by chance the water is pushed through an earth fault creating a spring, the flow will remain relatively high. The cold water comes from an adjoining hill. The warm and cold springs of Ikogosi flow parallel and meet somewhere down to form a confluence, with each maintaining its thermal quality. This is the first of such an occurrence in the world. The warm spring has a temperature of 70°c at the source and 37°c after meeting a cold spring. The meeting point of the warm and cold springs is a unique attraction to tourists.
The whole environment of the area is left untouched by the government for ecotourism appeal, while the source of the warm springs have been provided a canopy so that tourists and visitors can relax underneath.
The Ikogosi warm spring, according to tourism experts, is one of eight of such warm springs discovered in the world. Adding to the natural beauty, there is a tree and a palm growing from the same source at the meeting point area of the warm and cold springs. Another attraction of the Ikogosi Warm Spring is that it is believed to be curative.