Most kids would love to see a mountain made of chocolate. How about 1,268 hills made of chocolate as a substitute? That would be a treat, but that’s not exactly what you’ll get when you come to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines. One of the famous tourist attractions in the Philippines is Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.
The Chocolate Hills is declared as a National Geological Monument in the Philippines. It is recommended and is part of the major tourist attractions in the country.
When you get to the Chocolate Hills you’ll be immediately convinced that this is not man made. A lot of reactions go like the Chocolate Hills are man-made when they see a picture of this tourist attraction for the first time.
The name Chocolate Hills come from the grass on the hills that turn chocolate brown during the dry season in the Philippines. The hills are cone-shaped, about the same size, and cover an area of 50 square kilometers. It’s a natural wonder once you get a chance to see them.
There isn’t an exact count of the hills comprising the Chocolate Hills. Though the estimate of 1,268 hills isn’t really off (there are those that claim that this is the exact number).
The Chocolate Hills baffle geologists. There is a debate among them regarding the origin of the Chocolate Hills. There is an explanation of the origin of the Chocolate Hills in a bronze plaque on the observation deck you’ll find there. The plaque says that the Chocolate Hills were the result of erosion, but you can be sure that is not the only explanation geologists have given.
There are two famous legends that explain the origin of the Chocolate hills. The popular one is about two giants who hurled rocks and boulders during a fight between them. They got really exhausted after a few days of fighting. They soon forgot what started the conflict and left the place as friends. The funny part is that both giants forgot to clean up the mess they made, which became the chocolate hills.
The romantic one associated with this tourist attraction is about a giant named Arogo who fell in love with a mortal named Aloya. When Aloya died Arogo cried in anguish, his tear drops fell to the earth and dried up forming the Chocolate hills.
When visiting the Chocolate Hills you’ll have a place to stay at the Chocolate Hills Complex, its a little hotel-restaurant with a swimming pool and an observation deck. You may also go to the Sagbayan Peak mountain resort. It also has its own observation deck, swimming pools, a children’s park, a butterfly dome, a hotel, and a tarsier sanctuary. A golf course is also in the making.
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines is a must see for kids and the child of heart. It’s a wonder of nature and is one of the most recommended tourist attractions in the Philippines.