Ohum’s (Awhum) Waterfall
Awhum (occasionally spelt 'Ohum'); Awhum Waterfall and Cave is situated in the peaceful Amaugwe hamlet, Awhum town, Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State. The natural waterfalls are two streams that fall at different heights and are nestled beneath enormous limestone rocks.
The first waterfall intrudes the cave about midway from the entrance, while the larger one is at the very end of the path. The thick forests canopying the falls on all sides adds to the beauty of the place.
The cave, which formed as a result of a massive outcrop of granite rock, is a sight to behold. Water cascades down from the top to form a stream at its base with white sand along its shores. The cave itself stands at 30 meters (98 feet) high. The water flowing down the waterfall remains warm throughout the seasons.
Awhum’s waterfall is believed to have healing powers and the ability to ward off evil spirits. Because of this, a monastery was built close to the waterfall site. This has made the waterfall cave a pilgrimage and a prayer center for Christians, the site is sacred and therefore entry to the site is regulated by the monastery.
The lakes surrounding the waterfall are still maintained in their natural conditions, and more than 50 different species of fish are found in these lakes. However, some of the lakes have never been fished on before.
Awhum Waterfalls and Cave has been managed by a Catholic organization, Our Lady of Mount Calvary Monastery since 1975. The monastery has numerous affordable accommodations and rooms available for visitors to enjoy their stay.