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Bohol The Philippines


Chocolate Hills On Bohol Island


  • The Chocolate Hills are a geological creation located in the Bohol, Philippines. Between 1,260 and 1,776 hills are there on a piece of land of 50 plus square kilometres. They are wrapped in green grass which changes to brown (similar to chocolate) in the dry period, therefore called the Chocolate Hills.
  • The Chocolate Hills are a well-known attraction for tourists. They are included in the provincial seal and flag to indicate the plenty of natural temptations in the province. They are included in the list of the Philippine Tourism Authority as tourist destinations in the Philippines. The Chocolate Hills have been proclaimed as the 3rd National Geological Monument of the country which has proposed to include these hills in the UNESCO World Heritage List.




Chocolate Hills On Bohol Island


Description
  • The Chocolate Hills are dome-shaped or cone-shaped grass-covered limestone. Sizes of domes differ from 30 to 50 metres. All through the towns of Sagbayan, Batuan and Carmen in Bohol, these hills are dispersed by the hundreds.
  • In the dry season, hills turn from green to chocolate brown. This changes the area into unending lines of "chocolate kisses".
Vegetation
  • Grass species such as Saccharum spontaneum and Lmperata cylindrica dominate the plant life of the Chocolate Hills. Rice and other cash crops are cultivated in the flat lands in between the hills. However, now quarrying activities threaten the natural flora on the Chocolate Hills.
Legend
  • Three legends describe the creation of the Chocolate Hills. The first states the story of two fighting titans who threw sand, boulders, and rocks at each other. The fighting continued for days, and shattered the two giants. In their tiredness, they overlooked their dispute and became friends. However when they left they did not remember to clean up the clutter they had created during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.
  • Another legend tells that a giant named Arogo loved Aloya. Aloya's death shattered Arogo and he continued to cry. When his tears dried out, the Chocolate Hills were created.
  • The third legend says that a huge carabao ate all crops of a town. The townsfolk placed spoiled food in way of carabao who ate it but could not digest it. He defecated, emptied his stomach and left a mound of feces. The feces dried, creating the Chocolate Hills.