There are places that you visit that leaves an imprint on your mind and make you ponder in awe of the beauty of life. One of these places is the awesome waterfalls – an unending downpour of water from a source you can’t see, clear liquid gushing down with a deafening sound. That is what you get from nature.
Such a natural scene can be found in Enugu state, in the Eastern part of Nigeria. It is officially known as Awhum waterfalls.
Situated at Amaugwe village of Awhum town in Udi Local Government Area, the waterfalls, located close to the Awhum Monastery, is as a result of massive outcrop of granite rock with water cascading over the top forming a stream.
A section of the falls, which is 30 meters high, is said to be warm through the seasons. People in the community and some tourists claim that the water is curative (has healing powers) and is capable of dispelling evil forces if and wherever it is sprinkled. It is for these reasons the falls have become a place of spiritual pilgrimage and a prayer centre. It takes about 45 minutes walk from the parking point to the exact spot.
Asides the falls, the community hosts a monastery and the mystic auras from Awhum’s caves emits on her a unique kind beauty. You’ll feel like you’re back in the early age.
Indeed, the waterfall is unique for its peculiarity; humbling for its dignified peacefulness, and mysterious for its miraculousness.
The valley town also boasts of numerous pristine lakes, some of them with beautiful white sand beaches, beautiful rolling grassy hills, majestically adorned in green.
Because of the large attraction of both locals and foreigners, there are numerous affordable to premium accommodation available for visitors to enjoy their stay.
Thankfully, the skies are open. So, if you’re in love with nature, when next you are in West Africa or Nigeria, make out time to visit Enugu State, home to the popular Awhum Waterfalls. The beautiful experience will not be forgotten in a hurry.
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