North Cotabato is known as a province of conflict and war. Individuals from other part of the country have drawn an ugly image of the province in their head without even bothering to give a visit. Just by the mere mention of its name brings fear to these people. But behind this unpleasant image lies countless beautiful places which tourist can visit and undoubtedly have fun with it. To name a few, here are top ten tourist spots in North Cotabato.North Cotabato is known as a province of conflict and war. Individuals from other part of the country have drawn an ugly image of the province in their head without even bothering to give a visit. Just by the mere mention of its name brings fear to these people. But behind this unpleasant image lies countless beautiful places which tourist can visit and undoubtedly have fun with it. To name a few, here are top ten tourist spots in North Cotabato.
1. Towsuvan Falls
It is popularly known as Bongolanon Falls. It sits on the foothills of Mt. Apo in the Town of Magpet. This remote and beautiful waterfall will definitely wash your stresses away. It has crystal-clear water with a more or less 20-30 meter drop of water with a naturally formed pool. Overnights are also allowed in the area, just be geared and camp ready since the temperature in the place reaches up to 6 degrees Celsius at night. If you wanted to experience Towsuvan falls, you can take a habal-habal (motorcycle) ride in Brgy Ginatilan in Kidapawan City.
2. Lake Agco
If you love nature tripping, Lake Agco is the place for you. It is located 1, 250 meters above sea level in Ilomavis Village, at least 25 kilometers away from Kidapawan City proper. It has many irresistible things to offer, including, Jacuzzis, sulfuric pool and mud baths plus the natural lake of sulfuric hot mud. It is indeed a nature’s gift worth trying for.
3. Forest Wildlife Park, Philippine Eagle, Century Age Trees
This haven of nature is situated at Sinai, Salasan, Arakan North Cotabato. It has an estimated area of 500 hectares. This forest is nestled with century old trees and several wild animals which include Philippine Eagle, Kalaw and etc.
4. New Israel Eco Tourism Park and Mini Zoo
This park is located in Maalangit New Israel, Makilala North Cotabato. This natural wonder which is blessed with natural grown trees and wild animals is well known for its numerous monkeys. Some of these monkeys are tamed which is very attractive to tourists who are animal lovers as well.
5. Fort Pikit
Situated right at the back of the Municipal Town Hall of Pikit, it was one of the offcuts of an Old Spanish Fort in Mindanao. Because of its rich history this landmark was declared by the national Historical Commission of the Philippines as a National Historical Landmark in March 2012.
6. Flortam Hot Spring
Another spot where tourist can visit is the Flortam Hot Spring. It is located at Makilala, North Cotabato which is at least 5 kilometers away from the national highway. It became a major tourist attraction because old folks in the area believe that it has healing power, especially with arthritis and rheumatism. This hot spring is also dubbed as a Fountain of Youth.
7. Cave and Tinanan River
Located at Sto. Nino, Arakan North Cotabato. This nature wonder is certainly a spot which tourist should visit. It has 6 springs, 2 rivers and 2 caves which are unexplored.
8. Tuael Birds Sanctuary Hill
This amazing beauty is found in Barangay Tuael President Roxas, it is at atleast 3 kilometers away from the center of the municipality. This hill is a habitat of more than a thousand species of birds.
9. Lake LuningningFound in Datu Ladayon, Ganatan, Arakan
It has an estimated area of 4 hectares. Its depth is 30 meters of clear water. It also has an underground spring that provides the lake and sustain even during a good season, a wonder of nature worth visiting.
10. Mt. Opao
This mountain is located at Kitub-Bao, Alamada, specifically between the boundaries of municipality of Alamada and Banisilan. It is blesses with a good source of cold spring water and countless natural grown trees.
There are a number of beautiful wonders of nature, which can be a candidate as a tourist spot in North Cotabato just waiting to be discovered.
Featured Photo | Mt Apo Ring – Br. Jeff Pioquinto, SJ