Awhum Water­fall

The Punch - - WEEKEND STARTER - Source: pulse.ng.com

The Awhum Water­fall is lo­cated at Awhum town in Udi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Enugu State, Nige­ria. Awhum Water­fall is formed out of a mas­sive out­crop of gran­ite rock and it is said to be about 30 me­tres high. It is lo­cated around the Awhum Monastery. The val­ley around also boasts of nu­mer­ous pris­tine lakes, some of them with beau­ti­ful white sand beaches lo­cated about 24 kilo­me­tres from Enugu. In­deed, the water­fall is unique for its pe­cu­liar­ity; hum­bling for its dig­ni­fied peace­ful­ness, and mys­te­ri­ous for its mir­a­cles. The locals be­lieve the wa­ter has heal­ing pow­ers and is ca­pa­ble of driv­ing away evil spir­its if used. It is for these rea­sons the falls have be­come a place of Chris­tian pil­grim­age and a prayer cen­tre. The Awhum Water­fall is also a pop­u­lar tourist lo­ca­tion in Nige­ria.

Weather

It mostly rains from April to Septem­ber; it is dry from De­cem­ber to March. The av­er­age day­time tem­per­a­ture is 28°C and the night time tem­per­a­ture is 23°C.

Things to do

Peo­ple visit to med­i­tate or say a prayer. Also, to bask in the sweet­ness of the am­bi­ence.

Safety

• In terms of safety, Awhum Water­fall is a safe lo­ca­tion for tourists, al­though get­ting there can be re­ally tir­ing due to bad roads. • In ad­di­tion, it is ad­vis­able to take some bot­tles of wa­ter along with you. The hike to the water­fall will take an hour. Climb­ing back up the hill af­ter go­ing down will def­i­nitely take longer than an hour and surely, you will be need­ing wa­ter. Im­por­tantly, the water­fall and cave are ac­tu­ally un­der the con­trol of the abbey. And for rea­sons known to the church, un­re­stricted ac­cess has been closed to the gen­eral pub­lic for a few years now but you can still get in­side by ask­ing for per­mis­sion be­fore vis­it­ing. The proper pro­ce­dure for gain­ing ac­cess to the site re­quires you to write a let­ter to the abbey ask­ing for per­mis­sion to visit. Then they let you know if and when you can visit.

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