This ancient town of Idanre is divided into two; the new settlement which is at the foot of the hills and Oke-Idanre – the old settlements on the top of the hills.
Added to its beauty which fires human curiosity is the fact that the entire people of Idanre lived on these boulders for almost a millennium.
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As a natural and cultural landscape, Idanre Hills stands out tall among all other places that have been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a cluster of intimidating and imposing hills housing some wonderful things which confound the senses. The hills surround the town, envelope it and dominate life in the town.
From any angle, one sees the hills and virtually every activity revolves round this collection of hills. Apart from that cultural role, the town pulls the wealthy and the commoner. There is a perceived mystical aura and excitement for nature lovers when they surmount the steep, daunting climb to the top.
At the top, you’ll witness a spectacular view of the new town and adjoining hills in a breath-taking manner. The flora and fauna of the place had been under scientific study for several decades.
Its physical attributes include Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun foot print and others. The panoramic view of Idanre town from atop the Aghagha Hill is a view that takes one’s breath away.
When it rains, mist covers the hills like a heavenly umbrella shrouding the town. Visitors can find some considerably good hotels to stay while they explore the many beautiful features of the hills.
The town is also home to a large cocoa growing community. Its restaurants make some of the best pounded-yam meals in the country. According to guides, it takes between four days and a week to fully climb all the hills and see the impressive works of nature.
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Idanre is a rural community so visitors should expect to sight untarred and unmarked roads and other features that are commonly spotted in developing world.