7 TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN ENUGU
Popularly known as the coal city state, or in recent times “042” which was coined from the state’s dialing code, Enugu is a sweetheart of the East. Asides being a hub for harnessing creative talents of Eastern origin and the home of the legendary ‘Okpa’ meal, the coal city is a well-organized city, making it an ideal tourist destination. Coined from two Igbo words, “Enu” and ‘ugwu’ meaning ‘top’ and ‘hill’ respectively, the state was named in tune to its hilly topography.
Whether you’re a food lover, an adventurer, or someone who just loves to lay back and relax, Enugu will create a special place in your heart. Here, we will explore seven places you should visit in Enugu, which will leave you completely satisfied.
NIKE LAKE RESORT
Situated on the banks of one of the largest lakes in the region, the Nike lake resort is an internationally acclaimed five-star resort center that provides exceptional comfort and luxury as well as a most serene and breathtaking environment. Named after Nike lake, the resort has a tennis court, a swimming pool, and an art gallery for art lovers. It also has a walkway and gazebos which overlook the lake. A sit out on one of these gazebos will earn you a breath of fresh air and a clear view of the sparkling lake. You can also enjoy other activities like boat ride, sport fishing, swimming, and other fun activities.
NGWO PINE FOREST AND CAVES
Being in Enugu and not visiting the pristine Ngwo Pine forest and caves would be missing out on a fantastic experience. Located in Ngwo, a town situated on one of the many hills gracing Enugu, the pine forest is like a gateway to the caves. There, you would find so many pine trees arranged in symmetry that will remind you of a love scene in the woods. Moving on past the pine forest, you would meet the Ngwo cave, which is naturally sculpted in limestone and is adorned by an enchanting waterfall pouring from an opening at the roof of the cave. The waterfall forms a shallow pool at the floor of the cave and flows out as a small stream. There are smaller caves within the large cave that could be climbed into and explored.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF UNITY
The museum of unity was established at the end of the Nigerian civil war in a bid to foster unity. Here, you’ll find a lot of military artifacts that were used during the Nigerian civil war. With three galleries, this museum is home to the diverse representations of the Nigerian cultures. The first gallery displays the arts representing common models of the principles of the ethnic groups of Nigeria. The second gallery exhibits the cultural practices of the Igbo people and a chronology of their way of life, while the third gallery tells the story of the development of the state right from the discovery of coal and how coal was tilled, excavated, packed and carried for use.
AWHUM CAVE AND WATERFALL
This is one of the mysterious tourist attractions in Enugu as the waterfall is believed to have healing powers. One of the reasons which informed this belief is because waterfall sits in the confines of the Awhum monastery. Thus, it is not just a tourist center, but it is also a pilgrimage destination for religious people.
The 30 meters high waterfall is located at Amaugwe village of Awhum town in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu state. The waterfall is formed out of a massive projection of granite rock with water cascading over the top to form a stream, and some part of it is usually warm through the seasons.
POLO PARK MALL
Asides its beautiful layout and magnificent Architecture, one other feature that makes the mall unique is the big Ferris wheel right in front of the mall. Never miss a chance to gain an exhilarating experience with a ride on the Ferris wheel. The mall, frequented daily by tons of tourists and residents, has several food courts, supermarkets, and other shopping outlets. While shopping or having a great meal, one can also grab the opportunity to meet new people.
Though Enugu is not a coastal city, nature still manages to provide an alternative spot for beach lovers in and around the state. The Akwuke beach is a riverbank layered with lots of sand that stretches over a vast expanse of land. It gives one the feeling of being on a beach, and it provides satisfaction for those who love to feel the sand below their feet. The beach, located in Akwuke, a town along the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, is a sure site for picnics and a popular location for photoshoots, music videos, and movies.
UGWUEME AND UDI HILLS
Both hills lie several meters above sea level and are great for mountaineering and hiking activities. These hills are an adventurer’s delight as they house several coal mining tunnels that can be explored. Also, the twin hills provide a great view of the Enugu metropolis. As with most hills, it is dotted with streams, springs, and little waterfalls to make your experience more worthwhile.
Other sites worth seeing include the Ezeagu Tourist complex, Ogelugbe lake, Ani Ozalla lake, as well as its terrifying crocodiles, Iheneke lake, Miliken hill, Old Governor’s lodge, Silicon hill and a host of other exciting places. Don’t forget to try out the legendary Enugu okpa and a perfect Abacha meal washed down with fresh palm wine. You’ll undoubtedly have the most enjoyable experience in the city of coal.
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