The Chocolate Hills, Philippines
The Chocolate Hills is an ecological land formation of the Bohol Province in Philippines. It is a well known tourist attraction. The hills here are completely covered with green grass and change to chocolate brown during summer so the name Chocolate hills. There are about 1776 dome shaped hills having symmetrical shape varying in size from 50 to 100 meters. These Chocolate Hills spread throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan.
These hills can be compared to the hills in Java; however the hills found in Java are more irregular in shape and sizes. (photo credit)
Chocolate Hills – How & Best Time to Visit
These distinct hills called chocolate hills came into existence ages ago due to the uplift of coral deposits and wind, rain and erosion played its role to give the finishing touches.
The best time to visit the place is during dry season from March to May when the green grass turns brown. It is good to go in the morning to avoid the heat. To enjoy the view of the rolling terrain climb up one of the chocolate hills, you can see hundreds of others .You will never regret the tough and sweaty climb.
Chocolate Hills Threats
They are a major factor in Bohol’s tourism and all efforts are done by the provincial government to preserve and maintain the hills and the surrounding plains. However the flat lands in between hills are used to grow with rice and other crops, which threaten vegetation on chocolate hills.