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Kwara State is located in north western Nigeria. The main ethnic groups are Fulanis, Nupes, Barubas and Yoruba. The state is hugely involved in agriculture and the principlal crops are: Cotton, Cocoa, Coffee, Kolanut, tobacco, Benseed and Palm produce. Mineral resources abound in Kwara state namely limestone, marble, feldspar, clay, kaolin, quartz and granite rocks.Kwara State is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria and with Ilorin as the state capital, its borders both Niger and Kebbi States in the north while it shares border with Kogi, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti States in the south. Kwara state has a very rich and highly interesting cultural heritage, Among these are Durbar associated with Edu. The durbar is usually held in honour of a new Emir or chief, to welcome august visitors and on muslim festivals. There is also the Pategi Regatta which is an annual festival featuring boat displays, fishing and swimming competitions.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN KWARA STATE
It possesses several fascinating historical and cultural monuments, which include the Esie Stone images at Esie, in Irepodun L.G.A. of the state. The stones were said to have been discovered in the 17th century. Others are the spectacular Owu Falls at Owa Kajola, in Ifelodun Local Government Area; the remains of Mungo Park’s wrecked boat – the `D Spring’ and Mungo

Park’s Monument both at Jebba, Okuta Ilorin, from where the capital was derived, the Jebba Dam which is one of the major sources of hydro-electric.

OWU WATER FALLS

This is one of the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in West africa and is sometimes referred to as ‘WONDER IN THE WILDERNESS’. It cascades from a height of about 120 meters to form a pool of ice cold water at the base. The site has a beautiful landscape and offers visitors a refreshing atmosphere.
AWON FESTIVAL

This is held annually at Shao, in remembrance of Awo goddess. During the festival all marriageable girls are given out in marriage in one day.

EGUNGU FESTIVAL

This is held in remembrance of the dead ancestors hold every year among the Igbomina people. It usually features dancing by masquerades for five to nine days.

ESIE STONE IMAGES

These stones were said to have been discovered in the 17th century.

Other places of interest OWE KAJITA FALLS
TOMB OF PAST EMIRS
UBO AIYEGUN LAKES
REMAINS OF MUNGO PARK’S WRECKED BOAT

 

For your accommodation, below here are the Hotels in Kwara State:

Center Hotel
13, Orota Way,
Opposite Yidi,
Ilorin.

Circular Hotels Ltd.
New Yidi Road,
Ilorin.
Tel:031-220845, 220846

Kwara Hotel Limited
9A, Ahmadu Bello Avenue G.R.A.
Ilorin
Tel: 031-221490-94, 221698-99

White House Hotels
Km 5, Lagos Road,
Box 1273, Ilorin.
Tel: 031-222770

Basin Road Hotel
Fate South, P.O. Box 1273, IIorin.
Tel: 031-222016

Grand Guest House
Kwara.
Tel: 031-22277

Lafun Guest House
G.R.A. Omu-Aran, Irepodun L.G.A.,
Kwara State.

Regatta Palace Hotel
14, Reservation Road, IIorin.
Tel: 031-225445

Satellite Motel
Western Reservoir Road, IIorin.
Tel: 031-220244

White-House Hotels
225, Umaru Sao/Lagos Road,
Sawmill, (West), P.O. Box 744,
IIorin.
Tel: 031-22770

Yebumot Hotels
Plot 6119, Western Reservation Rd.
IIorin.
Tel: 031-221524

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