Erin Ijesha Waterfalls also known as Olumirin Waterfalls is located in the inner heart of Erin Ijesha, Osun State. This amazing waterfall in the State of the Living Spring (Osun) attracts over 30,000 visitors annually from different parts of the globe. During the celebration of the popular Osun Osogbo festival and culture, the waterfall receives a high number of visitors than usual. Most visitors, after the festival, branch at the Erin Ijesha waterfalls to have a taste of the pleasant feelings of nature the waterfall provides. The entry fee is N500 and a guide is also available for hire to take tourists around the waterfall.
The Olumirin waterfall has seven layers beautifully positioned above one another with water flowing among the rocks which then plummet down to the base with a great force. The sound of the cascading waters that blends with the natural and idyllic environment of the waterfall will leave a tourist awed.
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Another exciting part of a visit to the Erin Ijesha waterfalls is rock climbing. Each of the seven layers is spiced with irresistible beauty and perfection that makes one admit that God is indeed an artist and architect.
According to the history of the Erin Ijesha waterfall, a woman, a grandaughter of Oduduwa and the founder of Erin Ijesha discovered the fall in the year 1140AD during the migration of the people from Ile Ife to Erin Ijesha. The natives see this waterfall as a sacred entity and a source of purifying the soul, body and mind simply because water is believed to purify almost everything.
A tour round Nigeria without a visit to the Erin Ijesha Waterfalls will remain incomplete as the waterfall remains one of the best natural tourist centres in Nigeria.