Chocolate Hills: Wonders of Bohol

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Chocolate Hills Overview
Overview of Chocolate Hills - Carmen, Bohol, Philippines

Aside from Cebu, Bohol has wonders to be proud. When you come to Bohol, one thing you don’t want to miss is to visit Chocolate Hills. It’s probably Bohol’s most famous tourist’s destination both local and foreign. Some people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact, indeed it’s ‘God’s Little Paradise’.

The hills consist no less than 1,776 hills (claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which at the end of the dry season turns chocolate-brown. From this color, the hills derive their name Chocolate Hills. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.

Chocolate Hills of the Philippines
Chocolate Hills of the Philippines

Chocolate Hills are a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. There are estimated at least 1,260-1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers.

Chocolate Hills Pregnant Woman
Chocolate Hills Pregnant Woman

Group of hills in a popular Chocolate Hills are sometimes jokingly called the Pregnant Woman by Local Boholanos. Aside from Chocolate Hills, at Bohol can also do Tarsier Sanctuary and Loboc River.

Myth of Chocolate Hills

The local story in early times, the island of Bohol is a vast mass of dry land. Rice fields tend to crack under the heat of the sun. During the rainy season, the dusty land turns into a stream of mud. It is only during the rice season that the fields turn into a refreshing sea of green.

The two giants came into the land of Bohol. One from the North and the other one from the South. They met eye to eye, and the tension between the two giants filled the air. It was rainy season and the ground was muddy. The South giant scooped a mud from the ground and threw it on the North giant. The North giant also scooped and formed his own balls of mud and threw it back to the other giant.

As the battle becomes so much intense, thousand of balls of mud were thrown back and forth and the land in Bohol were all filled with balls of mud. No one gives up and until both giants ran out of energy. Because of the exhausting duel, Both giants feel on the ground and died. What was left of their heated duel were hills of mud from the thrown mudballs Since then, the people lived peacefully happy ever after on their land along the hills.

Tour Around Chocolate Hills

I have include a street view below that you will enjoy even if you don’t have time to visit chocolate hills.

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