Aside being the most populated country in Africa, Nigeria is known for some pretty popular tourist attractions.

These include the Yankari Game Reservein Bauchi State, Zuma Rock in Abuja, Kajuru Castle in Kaduna State, Obudu Cattle Ranch inCross Rivers , and the Sacred Grove in Osun State.

In spite of these well unknown places, there is still an untapped tourist paradise waiting to be discovered. Here are five unknown yet beautiful places to visit in Nigeria:

Ado-Awaye Lake, Oyo State

There are only two suspended lakes in the world. One in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, USA and the second right here in Africa, Oyo State in Nigeria to be exact.

This is the Ado Awaye lake This is the Ado Awaye lake

This natural beauty is the Ado Awaye Suspended Lake. It is a body of stagnant water located on the mountains. It takes about an hour of rigorous climbing of a staircase of over 369 steps that go through a bush path to get to this breathtaking sight  --  a diameter shaped lake with green like water.

So many folktales surround the origin of this lake. Some believe it leads to another world, for others, it definitely contains mysterious powers which is why many visitors leave with bottles of its water.

The lake is surrounded by footsteps which locals claim belong to the ancient ones The lake is surrounded by footsteps which locals claim belong to the ancient ones

Regardless of what you believe, this is a beautiful site worth visiting at least once in your life.

Ogba Ukwu Caves and Waterfalls, Anambra State

This is another great natural wonder. It is tucked away in the Owerre Ezukala community in Southeast Nigeria.

Ogba Ukwu Caves and Waterfalls Ogba Ukwu Caves and Waterfalls

It is considered the largest cave in West Africa, taking about two hours to explore. There’s the belief that the large area at its centre is the living room of the god of Owerre-Ezukala.

An old elephant's foot and a gun of stone can also be found inside this wonderful work of nature An old elephant's foot and a gun of stone can also be found inside this wonderful work of nature

Suntan Beach, Lagos State

Looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Lagos State, one of the busiest cities in Nigeria? Then you should definitely try out Suntan Beach.

You get the chance to sit under the wings of the palm tree as you enjoy some coconuts, the sweet breeze and the lapping waves of the ocean, which are music to the ears. Apart from the serene environment, the beach also offers lovely huts, horse riding, fishing expeditions and loads of amazing souvenirs.

Suntan beach is very peaceful Suntan beach is very peaceful

Don't let the long distance derail you, this beautiful place in Badagry is definitely worth the trip.

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Azumini Blue River, Abia state

Australians have the Pink Lake, Nigerians have the Blue River in a quiet village in Azumini, Abia State.

Aptly named, the river has blue water so clear that you can see the colourful stones at the bottom and count the fishes from the surface. You can enjoy canoe rides on this beautiful body of water or relax on comfortable chairs while you dig your toes into the sand surrounding it.

Azumini Blue River is a good relaxation spot Azumini Blue River is a good relaxation spot

You can also enjoy barbecued fish freshly caught by the fishermen or the vibrant nightlife.

Tarkwa Bay, Lagos state

Located on an island in Lagos State is a sheltered and peaceful beach called Tarkwa Bay. Unlike the other crowded and groovy beaches in the state, this one is perfect for anyone seeking a safe haven to spend some alone time or a fun get-together with friends.

Tarkwa Bay is pretty serene Tarkwa Bay is pretty serene

Artificially controlled by sand filling, the blissful beach offers water sports activities and wares from the few sellers there.

Since it is located on an island, it is only accessible by a ferry, high-speed boat or by a helicopter. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get to the bay.

Tarkwa Bay offers water sports activities  Tarkwa Bay offers water sports activities 

It is said to be the safest beach for swimming in Lagos State.