Idanre hill, also known as Oke-Idanre, is one of the leading natural tourist destinations in Nigeria. The Idanre hill is located in Idanre town which is about 24 kilometers southwest of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State, Nigeria. The beautiful and wonderful Idanre hill has been a home to the people of Idanre for over 150 years. History of Idanre has it that the early settlers of the Idanre people lived high up in the hill in a place now known as Old Oke-Idanre.
The Idanre hill is a collection of inslebergs (hills with steep sides and round top) that tower to the clouds and enclose the idyllic and rustic town of Idanre which covers a land area of about 900km2. Idanre town is laden with breath-taking attractions which include the colourful Orosun festival which draws the natives of Idanre to the Idanre hill to have fun and pray to their ancestors.
The idanre hill is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its physical features include shrines, palace, old court, Agboogun footprint etc. The Agboogun footprint was mystically engraved on the hill and it is said that the footprint will size any foot except that of witches and wizards. Tourists willing to reach the top of the Idanre hill will have to ascend 660 steps with five resting posts. The entry fee to the Idanre hill is N1000.
Another mystery of the Idanre hill is the unreadable writings scribbled in an unknown language on a steep rock in Old Oke-Idanre. This writing is called “The unreadable letters of the flood”, and ingeniously known as “Adiye kowe, Oyinbo kaati” which is translated as “a white man cannot read the writings of a hen”.
The Idanre hill is a wonderful and spell-bounding site nature lovers and tourists of all ramifications should visit in a lifetime.