Places to Visit in Ondo State

Ebomi Lake

Ebomi lake is often regarded as bottomless because the depth is unknown. This 1.5km long expanse of water, is located at Ipesi-Akoko, along the north-eastern boundaries of Ondo State. According to the inhabitants of Ipesi Akoko, has supernatural powers for protecting the villagers in times of war by providing invisible soldiers that fight for the Ipesi people. These are some of the reasons Ebomi lake is now considered a tourist site in Ondo state.


Deji of Akure Palace

Deji of Akure Palace


The Deji of Akure’s palace located in the state capital of Ondo state in Nigeria is one of the notable places to visit in Ondo. The palace is the traditional home of the town’s ruler. Here, you will find the cultural heritage that perfectly explains the people’s story. Tourists and visitors have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the people and historical monuments relating to the establishment of Akure in this palace.


Idanre Hills

Idanre hills

Idanre Hills are one of the most beautiful and awesome landscapes in Ondo state and Nigeria. Otherwise known as ‘Oke Idanre’, these hills are perhaps the most popular travel destination in the sunshine state. A fact that fires curiosity of visitors and tourists is that the entire people of Idanre lived on these rocks for almost a millennium. There are several myths, lore and legends tied to these hills which are told to visitors by the local tour guides.

As a natural and cultural landscape, Idanre Hills stands out well among other places that have been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The nine wonders on the hills include; the Great steps with 660 steps and five resting points set at least 100 metres apart leads up into the hills; the unreadable signs; the wonderful mat; Agboogun’s Footprint which fits any foot size except those who are considered to be a witch or wizard; the Thunder Water; a mystical dilapidated building; a blackened slate; the Orosun Hill from which the Arun river reputed to have healing power flows from and the Art of Noah.

Looking for an intriguing adventure in Ondo state? Idanre hills should top your list.

Cave of Ashes


The Cave of Ashes is located in Isharun. It is referred to as the home of the oldest pre-historic man in West Africa as its skeleton was discovered by Professor Thurstan Shaw, an archaeologist from the University of Ibadan.


Igbokoda Waterfront


The Igbokoda waterfront is situated in Ilaje Local Government Area of Akure in Ondo state. It is one of the longest territorial water in Nigeria.

At this waterfront lies a fishing terminal which would pick the interest of any tourist or visitor. The waterfront also offers activities such as boating, swimming, picnic, boat regatta, diving and much more.


Igbo Olodumare


Igbo Olodumare translated to mean the ‘Forest of the Almighty’ is a thick evergreen forest preserved for its beautiful and fascinating nature. It is situated in Oke-Igbo near Ile-Oluji. Some of the fun things to do in this mystical forest include shooting a movie; having a picnic; camping; bird watching and meeting other persons visiting while being treated to the folklores and tales surrounding the forest.

The forest is significant for its spiritual value. It was believed in the past that demons and spirits existed in the forest. This forest has sculpted creatures somewhat similar to the Oshogbo groove tourist attraction in Osun state.


Owo Museum of Antiques


The Owo museum of antiques is a national museum that has many wood and ivory carvings, brass and bronze works. The museum has been preserved to serve as a place for visitors to have a taste of historical values of the people of Owo and the neighbouring towns and villages.

The Olowo’s palace in Owo is also one of the best places to tour to get a firsthand history of the cultural heritage of the Owo people. This palace is the largest in Yoruba land covering about 99 hectares of land. There are over 100 ancient courtyards of which 17 are still intact today.