One-Day Trip in Rangamati, Chittagong
Rangamati is the land of red hills. Rangamati District is an administrative region of the Chittagong Division located in the southeastern part of Bangladesh. It is a hilly district and the largest district in Bangladesh. The distance from Dhaka to Rangamati is about 308 km. And the distance from Chittagong is about 70 km. Many tribals live in this district. Among them, Chakma, Marma, Tanchangya, Bam, Chak, Murang, Tripura, Kheang, Khumi, Lusai, Mro, Pankhoya, Santal, Manipuri, etc. are significant ethnic groups.
Rangamati is one of the shelters of natural beauty. Hills, springs, and wetlands all together create this district a wonderful creation of natural beauty. You can travel the whole Rangamati tourist spots by bus or boat. However, travelers feel comfortable traveling on water routes. One of the reasons for choosing the water route is the beauty of Kaptai Lake in Rangmati. No one wants to miss out on the heavenly feeling and also enjoy the beauty of Kaptai Lake and the thrillful beauty of the surrounding nature.
How to go Rangamati from Dhaka –
The bus is the best way to reach Rangamati. Rangamati can be reached directly by bus very easily. Rangamati buses are available from Sayedabad or the Fakirapool area of Dhaka. Shyamoli, Hanif, Saint. Martin Paribahan, S Alam, Unique, Ena, Ananya, Dolphin, Relax, BRTC and many more services depart for Rangamati every day.
The bus fare is Tk 900-1400 per person. All types of buses usually depart from Syedabad. Buses ply between 7 am to 9 am and 8 pm to 11 pm.
How to go from Chittagong to Rangamati-
You should come first in the Chittagong Oxygen Junction. Setting and local buses to Rangamati are available from here. The fare is Tk 150-250 per person. It may take two and a half to three hours to go. You can check the fare list at the bus counter. Try to go to the bus counter early in the morning, it is difficult to get a bus ticket after 8 am.
Rangamati Tour Boat Cost-
As mentioned earlier, Rangamati can be visited by bus as well. However, tourists feel more comfortable choosing the water route. In this case, you must visit all the spots through Kaptai Lake. A short walk from the Rangamati bus stand leads to a jetty for renting trawlers or boats. Boat rental depends on the size of the boat. There are many syndicates. Bargain with them. Many people can go in one boat/trawler. About 20 of us went in a boat. The fare depends on the boat’s size and quality, the one-day reserve fare is 1800-2500 taka.
There are many places to visit around Rangamati. But I will try to give you an idea about some of the best places to visit in Rangamati in one day.
Rajbon Bihar, the largest Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is located near the town of Rangamati. In 1977, Bonvante came to Rangamati from the Longadu area to permanently stay here. Bhaktakul built this monastery for the residence of Banavante and his followers. A full-fledged committee for the protection of Rajbon Bihar was formed under the supervision of the Chakma king Debashish Ray. Every year on Purnima Tithi, Buddhist monks perform a “Kathina Chibar Dan” ceremony at Rajbonn Bihar. Rajbon Bihar is one of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Bangladesh.
The Golden Buddha and Tribals Market –
After visiting Rajbon Bihar, you can go to Buddha Bihar if you want. There is a huge golden Buddha deity. Get off the boat and climb a little higher to see this Buddha. It is not a temple but a place of worship for the local tribals. You can see a very beautiful view of Rangamati from this high place. After seeing the statue, you will see a tribal market. In this market, they sell all their hand-woven products to tourists. It includes woven shawls, mufflers, three-pieces, towels, etc. Besides, they sell various fruits like mountain pineapple, plum, green coconut, banana, etc. The price is also very low. You must test these different foods.
Kaptai Lake is an artificial lake in the Rangamati district of Chittagong Hill Tracks of Bangladesh. When the Kaptai Dam was constructed on the Karnaphuli River in 1956 for the Karnaphuli hydroelectric power plant, 54,000 acres of agricultural land in the Rangamati district was submerged and this lake was created. Those who reserve a boat can visit all the sightseeing spots through Kaptai Lake. Tourists mainly choose the waterway to see the beauty of Kaptai Lake. Along with the beautiful environment around the lake, you can see the lifestyle of the local tribals.
Rangamati Hanging Bridge-
The most attractive place in Rangamati is this hanging bridge. This Hanging bridge is about 335 feet long. The entrance ticket to the bridge is Tk 10. You can climb upwards by Stairs on both sides of the bridge. Here also the tribals sell different kinds of fruits. This bridge sinks under water during monsoon. So winter is the perfect time to visit this hanging bridge.
The distance between Shuvolong from Rangamati Sadar is only 25 km. Shuvolong Spring can be easily reached by speed boat and boat reserved from Rangamati reserve market, Porjoton ghat, and different places in Rangamati. If you ride a local engine-powered boat or speed boat to visit Kaptai Lake, you will first see the Shuvolong waterfall coming down from the hill. The pleasure of going to Shuvolong waterfall by boat is thrilling. The spring does not always have water but during the monsoon season, (June to September) the main spring water falls from a height of about 300 feet, and tourists are enchanted by its melodious murmur. The ticket price is 20 Tk. There is no other way to reach this waterfall except by boat.
Peda Ting Ting-
“Peda Ting Ting”- means full stomach. It is a Chakma word. This name means the feeling of a full stomach after a full meal. It is a food hotel by tribals for tourists. But you can stay overnight here if you want. Some famous food items of Peda Ting Ting are Bamboo Chicken, Green Bamboo Curry, Begol seed, Kebang, etc. You can order lunch here.
Polwel Park and Cottages-
This Polwel Park and Cottage have been developed with a touch of modern beauty adjacent to the Kaptai Lake in Rangamati. If you want to have a good time with your family, you can visit this place in Rangamati. The entry fee is Tk 30 per person. Children under 5 years old do not need a ticket. The park is open till 8 pm. The park has various rides including a swimming pool, kayaking, boat ride, lake view point, love point, and fishing pier. There are cottages inside the park. You have to pay Tk 4000-10,000 per night for these cottages.
If you want to contact Polwel Park and Cottages-
Website – https://www.polwelpark.com
COTTAGE BOOKING: +8801877-725539
COTTAGE BOOKING: +8801877-725540
COTTAGE BOOKING: +8801877-725541
PICNIC SPOT BOOKING: +8801845-875497
Rangamati Travel Tips and Precautions-
1) Order food in advance at the hotel where you will eat for lunch. Minimum 30 minutes before. Tell the boat driver about this, and he will arrange it.
2)Rajbon Bihar is a religious place, so no obscene acts or comments are allowed.
3) There is a lot of sunshine at noon. You can carry an umbrella.
4) Tribals have their traditional food items, don’t forget to try them.
5) ) Not all bus tickets are available online. So call the counter and book the ticket. Or you can collect tickets in person from any Bus Counter.
Budget-Friendly Tips for Rangamati Trip-
1) Travel from Dhaka to Rangamati by non-AC bus
2) Group travel is very helpful in this case to reduce the cost of the Rangamati tour, the boat cost should be reduced as much as possible. A group of 15-20 people will be great.
3) Check the price before hiring the boat/trawler.
4) You can go to Rangamati City without spending the night at Polwel Cottage, you will find many hotels at low cost.