KHAGRACHARI

Khagrachari, locally known as Chengmi is one of the most beautiful districts in Bangladesh. This beautiful district competes shoulder to shoulder with Bandarban and Rangamati in terms of mesmerizing landscapes and vibrant culture and lifestyles. Having an area of 2,749.16 km2 this district has always been the icing on the cake for Chittagong Division. Khagrachari also known as Phalang Htaung or the Mong Circle. This remote hilly district is 112 km from Chittagong. For tourist who wants to enjoy views from the top of the high hills, forest, waterfalls and aborigines, Khagrachari can be an amazing place to be.

It is bounded by the Tripura state of India on the north, Rangamati and Chittagong districts on the south, Rangamati district on the east, Chittagong District and Tripura state of India on the west. The notable hill ranges are Golamoon, Chotto Panchari, Karmi Mura, Lutiban, Kuradia, Bhanga Mura and Jopisil.

Khagrachari’s beauty and bounty is boosted by the gracious presence of three eye-soothing rivers, namely Chengi, Feni and Maini. Chengi is the longest river in Khagrachari. Variety in lifestyles is reflected among the people living besides these river estuaries. There way of living is quite different from those living in the hills and valleys. The main ethnic groups living in the district are Tripuris, Chakmas, Bengalis and Marmas.

Khagrachari district consists of 3 Paurashava, 9 Upazilas/Thanas, 38 Unions, 27 Wards and 1702 Villages. The upazilas are Dighinala, Khagrachhari Sadar, Lakshmichhari, Mahalchhari, Manikchhari, Matiranga, Panchhari, Ramgarh and Guimara.

Richhang Waterfall

Richhang Waterfall is a naturally formed waterfall located in Khagrachari.  It is one of the most striking tourist targets in Khagrachari. It is not so wide and not as great as the other waterfalls of Bandarban and Rangamati but it has its own way to awestruck you with its beauty. 

In the rainy season, Richhang Waterfall appears in full might. The pouring water makes fierce roar. This waterfall is situated in the middle of a dense tropical forest. People have to climb and make way through the hills to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Richhang. The rainy season makes it difficult to climb the sloppy hills.

How to Go:

One must reach Chittagong or Feni. From there, local bus services are available. The path to the waterfall begins from the highway and leads straight to Richhang through sloppy pathways.

Alutila Cave

Alutila Cave, also called Alutila Mysterious Cave is a cave located in Matiranga Upazila in hill district of Khagrachari, Bangladesh. The cave formed inside the 1000-meter-high hill named Alutila or Arbari Hill. The hill area is surrounded by dense green tropical forest.

 

It has a natural subway-like shape with cold water flowing through the bottom. The cave holds a gloomy atmosphere inside with pin drop silence and echoes, sure to mess with your ears and terrify you. This mysteriously shaped place is so dark that torches or locally sold flambeaux are used to see well enough when you walk through the cave. Alutila cave is the favorite habitat of many species of insects and bats.

How to Go:

First you have to go to Khagrachari. You can find many bus services from Dhaka to Khagrachari available. From the city, many local transports such CNG auto rickshaw, bus etc. are available to take you to the spot.

Dighinala Touduchhori Waterfall

Dighinala Touduchhori Waterfall is another breathtaking site. The landscape is covered with giant stones, streams and lush greeneries. If you are lucky you’ll encounter wild elephants roaming around in groups.

How to Go:

From Khagrachari – Dighinala road local bus services, Jeep (Chader gari) are available. Locals will guide you to the pathways of the waterfall

There are a number of other destinations such as KHDC Horticulture Park, Dighinala Maniker Dighi, Yonged Buddha Bihar, Panichari Buddha Sculpture- the largest Buddha Sculpture in Bangladesh, Dighinala Touduchari Waterfall, Nunchari Debota Pond, Mong King’s Palace, Ramgarh Lake, Sindukchari Pond, Jol Pahar Matiranga, Parjatan Motel, Lakshmichari Waterfall, Matai Pukhiri, Sapachari Waterfall and Agriculture Research Centre. Most of the parts of the Sajek and Marissa Valley are located in Rangamati whereas Khagrachari holds some parts of these beautiful valleys and serves tourists with wonderful resorts and lodging facilities.

Shafi Newaz

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