They look like giant Kisses chocolates, don't they?
Bohol is well known for a number of reasons. Apart from exotic animals, delectable delicacies, and its white sand beaches; the province is, first and foremost, famous for the Chocolate Hills.
Although they actually vary in height, they appear almost symmetrical and endless when viewed from a distance. Seeing over a thousand of these cone-shaped mounds jutting from verdant fields is truly a remarkable sight.
Grass species such as Imperata cylindrical and Saccharum spontaneum flourish here, as well as several asters, daisies, and ferns. Trees don’t grow on top of them.
Similarly, the rice and corn fields surrounding the lush hills compliment its natural beauty, most especially during the rainy season.
Two resorts with viewing decks are available for those who wish to see the expanse; one is at the Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen, and the other is at Sagbayan Peak.
Sagbayan Peak, on the other hand, has a viewing deck that offers tourists a 360-degree view of the hills and the sea beyond. It is located 18 kilometers from the Complex.
There are also fascinating folklores about its origin including a giant’s love, and another about two giants at war.
The most acceptable theory is that the hills resulted from weathering marine limestone. Others say it was the result of the uplift of coral deposits and of rainwater and erosion.
On June 18, 1988, the National Committee on Geological Sciences declared it the Philippines’ 3rd National Geological Monument due to its uniqueness, scientific importance, and high scenic value. Moreover, it is included in the Philippine Tourism Authority’s list of tourist destinations.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) submitted the Chocolate Hills for inclusion in the list of Natural Monuments to the UNESCO World Heritage on May 16,2006.
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