Division is located at southern part of the country
has an area of 33771 sq. km and a population of
23.99. It has 11 districts and 38 municipalities.
Chittagong is the biggest seaport and second largest
town in Bangladesh situated near the Bay of Bengal.
It is 264 km away east of Dhaka, famous for hill
areas, natural beauty and for the seashore. Chittagong
is also known of the town of Aulias (Muslim saints).Chittagong,
the commercial capital of Bangladesh has been
a port of supply for ships going to Java, Sri
Lanka, Madras since the 6th Century. Islam spread
from this port and Buddhism went to Burma. The
Shrine of Sultan Bayazid Bostami, where a Muslim
saint was enshrined, in the middle of 9th century,
is famous for a pond full of huge turtles covered
with soft shell, a unique species surviving in
the world, which are believed to be a reincarnation
about 37km. west of the city is famous for the
Chandranath Hindu Temple and the Buddhist Temple
having a footprint of Lord Buddha. Besides, Enthnological
Museum, War Cemetery, Foy's Lake, etc., are also
is the gateway to the longest beach city, Cox's
Bazar and the Hill districts of Rangamati, Bandarban
and Khagra-chari. All the three Hill districts
are 2 & 1/2 to 3 hrs driving distances from
Chittagong through metalled road. Rangamati is
77 km. while Bandarban is 92 km and Khagrachari
is 112 km from Chittagong. With its perennial
forest, a thrilling drive through the hilly road
is quite a contrast from the other regions of
Bangladesh. It will be interesting to take a boat
trip on the emerald blue water of Kaptai Lake,
climbing the Chimbuk hill or a hike through the
deep green jugle-hill in Khagra Chari. It will
also be interesting to meet the Tribal people
consisting of 14 groups of indigenous people who
are Mongoloid in this region and each group having
its own culture and customs.
Chakma, Tripura, Mru and Taungchengya constitute
the largest groups from these aboriginal people.
Foreign nationals interested to visit the Hill
districts, will need special permit from the District
Cemetery : Second
World War warrior’s graveyards are in this
Cemetery. There are 755 graves in this graveyard
of the great warriors who died d in world war
from1939 to 1945 in Chittagong areas. In this
well-preserved cemetery at a quiet and picturesque
place within the city lie buried in eternal peace
over 700 soldiers from British, Australia, Canada,
New Zealand, India, Myanmar, East and West Africa,
The Netherlands and Japan who laid down their
lives on the Myanmar front during the World War
II. Every year a number of tourists come here
to visit this Cemetery
memorial Museum :
Previously it was known as Circuit house where
the former President of Bangladesh Zia-ur Rahman
and one of the architects of the liberation war
was killed by a group of disgruntled army personnel.
To the memory of Zia, the Circuit house was declared
as Zia Memorial museum .In this museum you can
see late president Zia-ur Rahman’s daily
Museum : This museum
located in Agrabad is a treasure house of a variety
of tribal culture and heritage of Bangladesh
Building Museum : Situated
on the Fairy Hill, this building commands a panoramic
bird's eye view of Chittagong. This had been the
scene of intense activity during the independence
War in 1971. A museum has been established here.
of Hazrat Bayezead Bostami :
The shrine of this famous saint is situated in
Chittagong. This great priest came to Chittagong
in 10th Century to spread the religion of Islam.
You can also visit the ancient rare variety of
Turtles in the Dighi in the Shrine premises. This
shrine attracts a large number of visitors and
pilgrims. At its base is a large tank with several
hundred tortoises. Tradition has it that these
animals are the descendants of the evil spirits
(genii) who were cast into this shape because
they incurred the wrath of the great saint who
visited the place about 1100 years age.
of Shah Amanat :
The Shrine of Shah Amanat is another place of
religious attraction, located in the heart of
the town; the shrine is visited by hundreds of
people everyday who pay homage to the memory of
Lake : This lake
is a natural beauty of Chittagong, where you can
enjoy boating and also you can spend your leisure
time in a serene atmosphere of lake and hills.This
is in Pahartoli, a satellite town of Chittagong
and Fouzdarhat Sea Beaches :
Patenga beach is about 22 km. from Chittagong
and is approachable by a motorable road. On the
way to the beach, one passes the Patenga Airport.
Another ideal picnic spot is the Fouzdarhat sea-beach
about 16 km. from Chittagong. Patenga sea beach
is one of the major attractions of Chittagong
for the tourists. Besides the sea beach, you can
enjoy boating and river cruise in the River Karnaphuli.
You can see the busy seaport activities here.
Located near the
river mouth of the river Karnaphuli, the Chittagong
port has a recorded history from 9th century.
Today, this is the principal seaport of the country.
site Chittagong City:
famous Chandranath Temple & Buddhist temples
are in Sitakundu, 37 km for from Chittagong city.
Famous among the many temples in this place, the
Chandranath Temple and the Buddhist Temple has
a footprint of Lord Buddha. These places particularly
the hilltops are regarded as very sacred by the
Buddhists and the Hindus. Siva-chaturdashi festival
is held every year in February when thousands
of pilgrims assemble for the celebrations, which
last about ten days. There is a salt-water spring
5 km. to the north of Sitakunda, known as Labanakhya.You
can enjoy the steer ridings to go to Chandranath’s
temple by walking. It is situated on the top of
the hill from where you can enjoy the beauty of
the sea & also the hill areas. Now in sitakunda
there’s made an eco park.
Parki beach might
be the next tourist attraction of Bangladesh,
which is situated in Anwara thana under southern
Chittagong region. The beach lies 16-17 km away
from Chittagong city. As the beach is situated
at the Karnafuli river channel, visitors can view
both the Karnafuli river and the sea together.
Tourists enjoy the views of big ships anchored
at the outer dock, fishermen catching fish in
sea, sunset, various colored crabs at the beach
and quiet environment.
: Forty-eight kilometer
from Chittagong, on the Kaptai Road is Chandraghona
where one of the biggest paper mills in Asia is
located. Close to the paper mill, there is a rayon
factory, which produces synthetic fibers from
Bazar : Cox's Bazar
is one of the most attractive tourist spots &
the longest sea beach in the world (approx. 120
km long). Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs,
surfing waves, rare conch shells, colorful pagodas,
Buddhist temples and tribes, delightful seafood--this
is Cox's Bazar, the tourist capital of Bangladesh.
The warm shark free waters are good for bathing
and swimming & while the sandy beaches offer
opportunities for sun-bathing.The beauty of the
setting-sun behind the waves of the sea is simply
made cigars and handloom products of the tribal
Rakhyne families are good buys.Every year lots
of foreign & local tourist come here to spend
their leisure in Cox’s Bazaar. Though the
season is in winter but Cox's Bazar sea beach
is crowded almost through out the year. Especially
in winter season, it is hard to get an accommodation
in the hotels if booking is not made earlier.
If you are really adventurous and want to enjoy
the wildness and madness of the ruff and tuff
Sea you can come to Cox's bazar in the month of
mid April, Sea continue its wildness till August;
and its even more exotic if you come to Cox's
Bazar in the time of depression of the Sea.
and Inani Beach :
There are many
attractions for the tourists around Cox’s
Bazaar. From Cox’s Bazaar Sea shore, you
can go to these places by jeep and it is really
exotic to drive on the seashore. Himchori is famous
for waterfall, though in the winter season it
dwindles but during the rainy season it’s
really a fabulous and full waterfall can be enjoyed.
Inani beach is famous for the rock and coral boulders;
you will find big coral boulders in this beach.
You can plan a trip to Inani beach via Himchory
for a half day or may be a full day sightseeing.
Please take packet lunch with you.
Island : It is
another attraction for the tourists who go to
Cox’s Bazaar. An island off the coast of
Cox's Bazar. It has an area of 268 square kilometers.
Through the center of the island and along the
eastern coastline rises, a range of low hills,
300 feet high; but the coast to the west and north
is a low-lying treat, fringed by mangrove jungle.
In the hills on the coast is built the shrine
of Adinath, dedicated to Siva. By its side on
the same hill is Buddhist Pagoda. You can go to
this Island by local motorboat called trawler
or by speedboat. By trawler, it takes an hour
and a half and by speedboat, it takes only half
an hour to reach this Island. You will find mangrove
forests, hilly areas, salt field etc. This island
is famous for Buddhist Temple and Pagoda; you
can enjoy a full day sight seeing if you intend
to visit Sonadia and some other Islands nearby.
In the morning you can start for Moheskhali, spend
time to watch Moheskhali’s tourist places,
take lunch there and on return you can visit Sonadia
and other nearby Islands where you can sea the
live fishing & fishermen lifestyle; By the
afternoon you can come back to Cox’s Bazaar.
Island : It is
about seven kilometer of Cox's Bazar and about
nine square kilometer in area. The western side
of the island is sandy and different kinds of
shells are found on the beach. Off the northern
part of the island, there are beds of windowpane
oysters. During winter, fisherman set up temporary
camps on the island and Dries Sea fishes, which
they catch from Sea.
Martins Island :
St. Martins Island is the most beautiful Coral
Island where you will find live corals. Its only
30 km from Teknaf and you can go there by local
motorboat, tourist boats, or sea truck..This small
coral island about 10km (6mi) southwest of the
southern tip of the mainland is a tropical cliché,
with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful
nothing more strenuous to do here than soak up
the rays, but it’s a clean and peaceful
place without even a mosquito to disrupt your
serenity.It’s possible to walk around the
island in a day because it measures only 8 sq
km (3 sq mi), shrinking to about 5 sq km (2 sq
mi) during high tide. Most of island’s 5500
inhabitants live primarily from fishing, and between
October and April fisher people from neighboring
areas bring their catch to the island’s
temporary wholesale market.n this Island, you
will find the beautiful Coral reef and long Coral
beach and lots of coconut trees. The local name
of the coconut is Narikel and the original name
of this Island is Narikel Jinjira is derived from
that. Accommodation in St. Martins Island is limited,
so it is advisable to book accommodation before
you plan to go to this Island. Motel Nijhum is
one of the best hotels in St. Martins Island.
To book in Motel Nijhum, confirm you reservation
from Dhaka. You will hardly get a chance to stay
in this hotel if you are a sudden visitor of St.
Martins Island. The other good hotels are Prashad
Paradise & Sraboni Bilash. Booking of these
hotels are also possible from Dhaka. All these
three hotels are situated adjacent to Seashore.
From these hotels lobby or veranda, you can enjoy
the Sea. There are some other motels and hotels
established in St. Martins Island.Overnight staying
in St. Martins Island is really an exotic feeling
where you will feel and listen the sound of Sea.
If you are lucky enough then you can spend the
exotic moonlit night at St. Martins Island. The
beauty of Full moon in St. Martins Island cannot
be expressed, if you are not there at that time.
: is a part of
St. Martins Island but divided during tides. You
can go to Cheera-dwip by walking. About two and
a half hours walk from St. Martins Island or you
can go there also by local motorboat or tourist
boat. In that Island you will find the Corals
- living and dead all over the Island. A small
bush is there which in the only green part of
Cheera-dwip, enhancing the beauty of this island.
People do not live in this Island, so advisable
for the tourists to go there early and come back
Island : This Island
could be the next prime tourist spot after St.
Martins Island. It’s a natural beauty of
mangrove forests where you will find Dears of
specific species and Monkeys. A huge numbers of
migrated birds come in this Island in winter season,
enhancing the beauty of this Island. The communication
is not excellent but if some one wishes to bear
the trouble to go to this Island, he will be enchant
to see the beauty of this Island. You can go to
this Island either from Dhaka or from Chittagong.
Chittagong first you will to go Hatia Island by
Motor boat or Ship and from there you can go to
Nijhum Island by local motor boat. From Dhaka
you can go Tomzuddion by launch from Sadarghat
launch terminal. From there you can go to Nijhum
Island by local motorboat.Accommodation is very
limited for the tourists in this Island. You can
take foods from local restaurants but be careful
about the quality of foods. If you can take prior
permission for forest department then you can
stay in forest rest house in Nijhum Island. Another
possibility for accommodation is in District Parishod
Guest house. If you take the permission from Thana
administration (TNO) of Hatia you can also stay
in the District Parishod Guest house. For the
adventure seekers Nijhum Island could be one of
the greatest experience of journey and it will
be a memorable enjoyment to stay and pass some
days in this isolated Island.
Aggameda Khyang, Cox's Bazar :
Equally elaborate in plan, elevation and decoration
is the Aggameda Khyang near the entrance to the
Cox's Bazar town, which nestles at the foot of
a hill under heavy cover of a stand of large trees.
The main sanctuary-cum-monastery is carried on
a series of round timber columns, which apart
from accommodating the prayer chamber and an assembly
hall, also is the repository of a large of small
bronze Buddha images-mostly of Burmese origin--
and some old manuscripts. Beyond the main khyang
to the south, there is an elevated wooden pavilion
and a smaller brick temple with a timber and corrugated
metal root. Apart from bearing an inscription
in Burmese over its entrance, the temple contains
some large stucco and bronze Buddha images.
: This is a typical
Buddhist village, about 16 km. from Cox's Bazar,
on the main road to Chittagong. There are monasteries,
khyangs and pagodas containing images of Buddha
in gold, bronze and other metals inlaid with precious
stones. One of the most interesting of these temples
is on the bank of the Baghkhali River. It houses
not only interesting relics and Burmese handicrafts
but also a large bronze statue of Buddha measuring
thirteen feet high and rests on a six feet high
pedestal. The wood carving of this khyang is very
delicate and refined.
village has a charm of its own. Weavers ply their
trade in open workshops and craftsmen make handmade
cigars in their pagoda like houses.
side of river Naf and the Bay of Bengal situate
Teknaf Town, which is the southernmost tip of
Bangladesh. It’s a real natural beauty of
hills, forest & Naf River. Lots of Salt fields
are there by the side of River Naf. There are
natural waterfalls in Teknaf, which increases
the beauty of nature.
You can come to Teknaf from Cox’s bazaar
by an exotic jeep drive besides the Seashore or
you can go there by bus or Microbus by road. By
road journey, it is 84 km from Cox’s Bazaar.
You can enjoy shopping in the local market called
Burmese Market where you will find all the Burmese
& tribal hand made materials. Do not forget
to see the Well of Ma-Thin – which tells
a sad story of love. Myanmar is on the opposite
bank of Naf River. Wild animals and birds are
available but the most interesting thing is a
journey on the river. Wide sandy beach in the
backdrop of high hills with green forests is an
enchanting scene never to be forgotten.
: Though this city
is nearer from Dhaka but it is in Chittagong Division.
Distance of Comilla from Dhaka in 95 km where
as from Chittagong town its 167 km .The main attractions
of Comilla are Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development
(BARD), the home of famous Comilla Approach to
rural development, Lalmai and Maynamoti hills,
Shalban Monastery, Maynamoti museum and Comilla
Zoo. Comilla Maheshangon houses one of the richest
libraries of old literature and culture.
(Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development) :
This is one of
the main attractions in Comilla. This is one of
the richest academic institutions for conducting
research and action research; execute projects
and pilot experimentation and imparting training
in the diversified areas of rural development.
The famous Comilla Model has been developed for
sustained development. Besides academic excellence,
the beautiful gardens and planned plantations
of various trees are really enjoyable. You can
also avail yourself of the facilities to organize
seminar symposium and training in this complex
.It is undoubtedly one of the good venue in Bangladesh
where you can organize seminar, symposiums and
workshops. BARD has excellent accommodation facilities
for over 250 persons and its cafeteria provides
quality foods. For one or two days refreshing
you can go to BARD and spend some good time in
a very secured and calm place.
Moinamoti and Shalbon Bihar :They
are famous historical and archeological places
around Comilla. These are a series of hillocks,
where the Northern part is called Moinamoti and
the Southern part is called Lalmai; and Shalbon
Bihar is in the Middle of Lalmai and Moinamoti,
which the was established in 8th century by King
Buddadev. Salban Vihara, almost in the middle
of the Mainarnati-Lalmai hill range consists of
115 cells, built around a spacious courtyard with
cruciform temple in the centre facing its only
gateway complex to the north resembling that of
the Paharpur Monastery.
Mura situated on a flattened hillock, about 5
km north of Salban Vihara inside the Comilla Cantonment
is a picturesque Buddhist establishment. Here
three stupas are found side by side representing
the Buddhist "Trinity" or three jewels
i.e. the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Mura is an isolated small oblong shrine situated
about 2.5 km. north-west of kotila Mura stupas.
The only approach to the shrine is from the East
through a gateway, which leads to a spacious hall.
you are in Comilla and already visited Lalmai,
Moinamoti then don’t miss to go Moinamoti
museum – where you will find the historical
things found in Lalmai & Moinamoti of 7th
& 8th centuries. The Mainamati site Museum
has a rich and varied collection of copper plates,
gold and silver coins and 86 bronze objects. Over
150 bronze statues have been recovered mostly
from the monastic cells, bronze stupas, stone
sculptures and hundreds of terracotta plaques
each measuring on an average of 9" high and
8" to 12" wide. Mainamati is only 114
km. from Dhaka City and is just a day's trip by
road on way to Chittagong.
untypical of Bangladesh in topography and culture,
the Chittagong Hill Tracts have steep jungle hills,
Buddhist tribal peoples and relatively low-density
population. The tracts are about 60km (37mi) east
of Chittagong. The region comprises a mass of
hills, ravines and cliffs covered with dense jungle,
bamboo, creepers and shrubs, and have four main
valleys formed by the Karnapuli, Feni, Shangu
and Matamuhur rivers.
The Hill Tract
is divided into four valleys surrounded by the
Feni, Karnaphuli, Sangu (Sankhu) and Matamuhuri
rivers and their tributaries. The ranges or hills
of the Hill Tracts rise steeply thus looking far
more impressive than what their height would imply
and extend in long narrow ridges. The highest
peaks on the northern side are Thangnang, Langliang
and Khantiang while those on the southern side
are Ramu, Taung, Keekradang, Tahjindong (4632
ft, highest in Bangladesh), Mowdok Mual, Rang
Tlang and Mowdok Tlang.
of the Hill Tracts are mostly tribal. Life of
the tribal people is extremely fascinating. Majority
of them are Buddhists and the rest are Hindus,
Christians and Animists. Despite the bondage of
religion, elements of primitiveness are strongly
displayed in their rites, rituals and everyday
life. The tribal families are matriarchal. The
women-folk are more hardworking than the males
and they are the main productive forceBoats that
visit the villages leave from Rangamati. Bring
your swimming gear because you can take a plunge
anywhere.. The tribal people are extremely self-reliant,
they grow their own food, their girls weave their
own clothes and generally speaking, they live
a simple life. Each tribe has its own dialect,
distinctive dress and rites and rituals. The common
feature is their way of life, which still speaks
of their main occupation. Some of them take pride
in hunting with bows and arrows. Tribal women
are very skilful in making beautiful handicrafts.
Tribal people are generally peace loving, honest
and hospitable. They usually greet a tourist with
Forests : The valleys
of the Hill Tracts are covered with thick-planted
forests. The vegetation in semi-evergreen to tropical
evergreen dominated by tall teak trees. The natural
vegetation can be seen best in the Rain-khyong
valleys of the Bandarban district.This district
provides valuable wood which is used for various
purposes, besides supplying wood and bamboo for
the Karnaphuli Paper Mills and the Rayon Mills
situated at Chandraghona. Here a tourist may be
lucky to see how huge logs of wood are being carried
to the plain by the tamed elephants.
Lakes : Famous
Kaptai Lake, the largest "man-made"
lake, spreading over 680 sq. km. of crystal-clean
water flanked by hills and evergreen forests lies
in the Rangamati Hill District. The lake was formed
when the Karnaphuli river dam (153 feet high,
1800 feet long crest) was built for the purpose
of hydroelectric power project at Kaptai. The
old Rangamati town was submerged under lake water
and a new town had to be built later. The lake
is full of fish and provides facilities for cruising,
swimming and skiing. There are also facilities
for angling and short trip by Sampan, local name
for country boats.
Districts:The Hill Tracts is divided into three
districts, namely Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban.
N.B For visit of foreign tourists to the Hill
Districts prior permission from the Government
is required which can be arranged through Tour
Operators & BPC.
: If you don’t
visit Rangamati you will not discover a big portion
of natural beauties of Bangladesh. From Chittagong
a 77 km. road amidst green fields and winding
hills will take you to Rangamati. It is also connected
by waterway from Kaptai. Parjatan holiday complex
is the best place to stay in Rangamati. There
are other hotels in Rangamati where you can stay.
Boating is the prime attraction in Rangamati.
You can go to Kaptai and also by Karnaphuli River
you can go deep in side the hill areas where on
the way you will find lots of natural waterfalls.
If you wish you can take shower in the waterfall
or you can swim in the river. By boat you can
visit the tribal villages, King Chakma's (tribal)
Palace that is called Chakma Rajbari, Rajbonbihar
pagoda, Tribal museum etc. You can also enjoy
the tribal handmaid crafts if you go for shopping
in the local market.
Lake : Built in early sixties
Kaptai Dam and the lake are the main attractions
of Kaptai. If you are not visiting Kaptai separately
then, don’t forget to go for a boating up
to Kaptai on the Kaptai Lake while you go to Rangamati
: Khagrachhari is the natural
wild beauty of Bangladesh. Here you can visit
the tribal lifestyle of Chakmas’ in Khagrachari.
You can also visit Alutila hill. Approximately
100 meters long a very dark Cave is the mysterious
beauty of Alutila hill.
: Lots of hills and hilly
areas, waterfalls, River Sangu, Lakes and the
tribal culture are the main attraction of Bandarban.You
can go to Bandarban from Chittagong by road. Chimbuk
hill is one of the major attractions of Bandarban.
You can enjoy the journey to Chimbuk Hill by jig
jag hilly roads. It’s the third highest
mountain in Bangladesh of approx. 3000 ft height.
Reach Chimbuk by jeep or microbus from Rangamati.
A beautiful Rest house is there on the top of
Chimbuk hill.If you are lucky then you can feel
the clouds touching your whole body. If you take
the prior permission from Roads and Highway Department
you can spent a night in the rest house on the
top of Chimbuk hill. If you stay there a night,
you will remember your stay for your whole life
with the calmness of nature hearing sometimes
the wild animals squalling.
is another hill town on the same rout of Chimbuk.
If you wish to visit Ruma, then 01st go to Ruma
spend some time there and then come back to Chimbuk
You can enjoy the Shailapropat a waterfall in
Bandarban. Its also a tourist attraction of waterfall
surrounded by hills & forest; be carefully
while you go to Shailapropat - the rocky path
way is very slippery, if you are not cautious
there is a good chance to sleep & make an
tourist spot in Bandarban is Meghla - it’s
a beautiful spot where you can enjoy boat or speedboat
riding on the lake Meghla. If you are lucky you
may see the wild animals in the forest. There
are small shades in this spot to protect you from
rains in the season of monsoon and from the hit
of the Sun in hot summer days. A beautiful hanging
wooden bridge enhances the beauty of this spot.
In one side there are some constructions and facilities
for the tourists like tower, restaurant while
on the other side is wild life, natural forest
and hills. In the town you can visit the house
where the king of tribe Chakma lives and from
there you can visit the archeological museum of
Bandarban. In this museum you will find the archeological
history of the tribal life and the tribes of hill
areas of Bandarban. The museum authority has set
up various tribal houses in the museum, which
will give you a brief idea of kinds of tribal
houses, their design and architectural structures.