Our first sightseeing for this blog will be in the Philippines. Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines is considered to be one of the famous attraction in Bohol and the Philippines as a whole. It is also listed as one of the list of tourist attraction by Philippine Tourism Authority. It is also declared as the country's 3rd National Geological Monument and proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You do not see a chocolate colored hills in the picture below. This time they are mint coated hills. During dry season, all the grasses on these hills turn brown, thus having the color chocolate where it also derived its name. It is said that there are around 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi) as mentioned by our tour guide during our visit in October 2006. The picture below was taken in February 2010.
The Chocolate Hills is a rolling terrain of haycock hills – mounds of general shape which are conical and almost symmetrical. Estimated to be at least 1,268 individual mounds to about 1,776, these cone-shaped or dome-shaped hills are actually made of grass-covered limestone. The domes vary in sizes from 30 to 50 metres (98 to 160 ft) high with the largest being 120 metres (390 ft) in height. They are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan in Bohol. Bohol's "main attraction", these unique mound-shaped hills are scattered by the hundreds on the island's central plain, concentrated near the town of Carmen.
During the dry season, the precipitation is inadequate such that the grass-covered hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of "chocolate kisses". The branded confection is the inspiration behind the name, Chocolate Hills.