Bandarban is the remotest & least populated district in South-Eastern Bangladesh, it is a part of the Chittagong Division and Chittagong Hill Tracts. The lure of the tallest peaks of Bangladesh, treks through virgin forests gives a chance for the tourists to meet more than 15 tribes of the region & it’s regarded as one of the most exotic tourist destinations in Bangladesh. Bandarban has only one town that approaches anything near a city known as “The Bandarban town”. The rest of the area is divided into 7 upazilas, which are in turn divided into varying numbers of unions. Each union is a cluster of paras and villages.
Tourist spots in Bandarban:
Buddha Dhatu jadi
Chimbuk Hill & Tribal Villages
Meghla Parjatan Complex
Nilachal Tourist Spot
Nilgiri & Thanchi
Boga Lake – Boga lake is 18 km away from Ruma Sadar Upazilla in Bandarban. The area of Boga lake in Bandarban is about 15 acres. It is situated at about 3000 feet above sea level and is the most beautiful natural lake in Bandarban. It is also known as Bagakain Lake. The colour of water of this Boga lake is blue and very much eye catching. There are many mythological stories behind the creation of Boga lake.
Buddha Dhatu Jadi – The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is located at Pulpara, 4 km from Balaghata town and 10 km from the remote Bandarban hill district. The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a Theravada Buddhist temple known as the Bandarban Golden Temple. The Bandarban Golden Temple is the largest Theravada
Buddhist Temple with the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh.
Chimbuk Hills & Tribal Villages – Chimbuk hill is just 26 km away from Bandarban Sadar. This hill is about 2500 feet above the sea level of Bangladesh. It is the third highest mountain in Bangladesh. Chimbuk is one of the most familiar tourist spots in Bandarban. The road to this hill is zigzag and very adventurous for a traveller to ride in a jeep moving through the indigenous villages
Keokradong – Keokradong is about 4,035 feet high from the sea level of Bangladesh. It is situated 30 km away from the Ruma Sadar upazilla of Bandarban. Keokradong is the second highest
mountain of Bangladesh covered with dense forests, birds & animals. This remote area is full
of natural beauty. Travelers and nature lovers can see many small and big mountains and hills here.
Meghla Parjatan Complex – Meghla Parjatan Complex is located in the contiguous area of the Bandarban hill district council on the gateway of Bandarban & is maintained by the Bandarban district administration. Meghla Parjatan Complex is one of the most amazing tourist spots for the
travellers and tourists coming from all over Bangladesh and world.
Nilachal Tourist Spot – Nilachal is known as “Tiger hill” & is about just 5 km away from “The Bandarban Town”. It is situated at Tigerpara, which is near about 2000 feet above the sea level. This place is very beautiful & is situated near the Meghla Parijatan Complex. Same as Meghla, this place is also maintained by the Bandarban district administration. The view of Nilachal is so
spectacular for snapping that it is regarded as one of the must visit tourist spot.
Mirinja Parjatan Complex – Mirinja Parjatan complex is situated at Lama Upazilla of Bandarban district in Bangladesh. It is a wonderful tourist spot in Lama & is about 1500 feet high from sea level. The Parjatan Corporation had developed an attractive tourist spot for the visitors where in good weather; one can view Maheskhali Island, Bay of Bengal, Matamuhuri River & Lama upazilla at a glance from the observation tower.
Sangu River – Sangu river follows a northerly circuitous course in the hill tracts up to Bandarban entering the district from the east and flows west across the district and finally falls into the bay of Bengal at the end of a course of 270 km. This river is also referred as a complete part of the natural beauty of Bandarban as its been flowing through the hills since thousand years. It is an important route to communicate with Ruma and Thanci Upozilla. It has huge financial interests for the population of Bandarban. This river is widely used for transportation of agricultural and other necessary products for the people of remote community. In the winter season the current of the river almost becomes stagnant compare to the rainy season when it is aggressive. Visitors are attracted with the beautification scattered on both sides of it where there are hills, forests, waterfalls & picnic spots.
Nilgiri & Thanchi: – Nilgiri (or Nil Giri) is one of the tallest peaks and beautiful tourist spot in Bangladesh. It is about 3500 feet high and situated at Thanci Thana. It is about 46 km south of Bandarban on the Bandarban-Chimbuk-Thanchi road. Beside this spot one can see Mro villages, the colourful culture and living style here is surely an unexplored experience for the visitors. In rainy the scenery here is spectacular, it becomes a cloudy experience for the visitor as the whole spot is covered with the blanket of clouds. Winter here is quite foggy & it’s a season for campfires, one can enjoy the moonlit nights & the serpentine course of the Sangu river making it the most spectacular tourist spot in Bandarban managed by the Army brigade of Bandarban.
Things To Do At Banderban:
Cruise On River Sangu
Cruise On River Sangu – One highly admired activity here is a boat trip in a sampan (a double oared boat with a blunt raft and a flat bottom) or a regular boat down the River Sangu. The trip can vary from a 1-hour trip, including a stop-over to take tea, to a whole day cruise including stop-over’s to have food. One can find people working on river with bamboos. The river is not very deep in the dry season. Many times your boat might get stuck with the soil under the river.
Hiking – A hike to either Keokaradong (883 m) or Tahjindong (1003 m), the two tallest peak is an exhilarating experience. On the side of both the peaks reside the remotest tribes-people of
Bangladesh – the Khumi and the Kuki. Boga Lake, one of the two highest lakes in Bangladesh
lie directly on the trek, while the other one, the Raikhiang Lake lies only a little off the way.
Guided Tour – It is recommended to take a available regular guided tour package offered by various guides & travel agencies where one can visit all the tourist spots of Bandarban compare to the available irregular tour package organized by the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation where a tourist can only visit Nilachal & Meghla.