Blue Nile Falls
Blue Nile, the Grand River in Africa is one of the natural wonders of Ethiopia especially for its breathtaking falls.Tis Abay town, 35 Kilometres South East of Bahir Dar has been drawing the attention of tourists from different corners of the world. That is why thousands of visitors are seen streaming to this most spectacular scene. The Blue Nile Falls locally known as ‘Tis Isat Falls” or ”Smoke of Fire” that the water stretched on 400 metres wide surface and plunging dramatically 45 metres deep creates drizzly plethora that in turn produces brilliant rainbows across the gorges of the river. The foggy downpours drive the onlookers up to a kilometre away. The curtains of the spray enthrall any visitor and will not ever vanish from memory. Specially, a morning visit rewards tourists with the astounding rainbows.
Environ of these falls is endowed with marvelous landscapes, natural forests and multi-colored birds.
On the way to Tis Abay Falls, Andasa Mineral Water is found in a small island formed by the Blue Nile River. Furthermore, to the West of Tis Abay Town, some 7 kilometres off the road in the extended escarpment of Yagume ridge, surrounded by stunning natural scenery, there is an impressive rock hewn church called Dengay Debelo which is said to have been hewed by St. Lalibela before his coronation.
To reach the falls, there are two alternative ways. One is the route through 1.5kilometres road Eastern out skirt of the town to the parking lot, which lies on the edge of the Blue Nile gorge. Then after walking for about 20 minutes crossing the 17th c foot-bridge locally called as Alata.
The other alternative is the route through the North East of the main road where the local people cross the river with papyrus reed boats. For the guests, motorboats are hired to cross the waters. After plying across the waters, a 30-40 minutes walking along the bank of the river is required to reach the bottom of the falls. But using the former route gives chance to visit the historic footbridge, the spectacular sceneries, and also it provides a chance to watch birds in the forest and in the gorge. Or else both ways can be used, one to go to falls and the other to turn back from the falls.