Sitakunda Waterfalls in Chittagong
This Sitakunda waterfalls tour is for those travelers who love adventure/trekking. Sitakunda is called the Queen of Trails. These small and big trails have different ranges of waterfalls. The immense beauty of these waterfalls and hills will take you very close to nature. Here is the list of all trails-
1) Chandranath hill
2) Khoiyachora trail
3) Napittchora Trail
4) Komoldoho Trail
5) Jhorjhori trail
5) Boali Trail
6) Sonaichori Trail
7) Sohosrodhara and Suptadhara trail
8) Sohosrodhara-2 trail
9) Horinchora and Hatuvhanga trail
10) Barabkunda Trail
Note- But it is not safe for children or those who are not fit, who have a little gasp, or breathing problems to go on these trails.
How we go to Sitakunda-
Before going into the detailed discussion, I would like to give you a complete idea of how to go and where to stay-
Route 1- Ena or Hanif Buses leave from Sayedabad or Kolabagan in Dhaka. You can directly get down at Sitakunda in Chittagong. Fare – Tk 650 (per person)
Route 2- Those who have less budget can go via Star Line/ENA/Soudia buses that go from Dhaka to Feni. Buses leave from Fokirapool in Dhaka. Fare- 350-400 taka, you will get down in Mohipal, Feni, it will take 4-5 hours. And from Feni, get on the bus that goes to Sitakunda Bazar, the fare is Tk 60-100 per person. Now from Sitakunda Bazar, you can easily go to any place by Laguna/CNG or bus. You can also inform your bus conductor about your location, he may help you to get down to your destination.
Route 3- Those who want to travel by train, then go for the Chittagong Intercity Mahanagar/Turna Express. These trains go from Komalapur, Dhaka to Chittagong. The Mohanogor Express leaves at 9:20 pm and reaches Chittagong station at 4:50 am. Turna Express leaves at 11.30 pm and reaches Chittagong at 6.20 am. The fare is 350 taka per person (Shovan chair) to 1200 taka (AC cabin) and from there you can come to Sitakunda by bus, the bus fare will cost 40-50 taka.
Route 4- For those who want to go in the cheapest way, the only hope is the Mail Train, which costs Tk 110 per person only, this train leaves Kamalapur station at 10.30 pm (time may vary as it is a local train) every day and arriving at 6 to 7 p.m in Sitakunda station. This is the only train that goes directly to Sitakunda. Those who have a very low budget can go this way if they want, but in that case, there are some issues that I will discuss later. The mail train also has shovon chair, Ac/Non Ac cabin.
How to go from Chittagong to Sitakunda –
There are lots of buses coming and going to Sitakunda, the fare is Tk 50-60 per person.
For a foreigner-
If a tourist wants to come from outside of Bangladesh then she/he should first get down at the airport. Then if he wants to go by bus, she/he should leave the airport and take a CNG/cab directly to Kolabagan or Sayedabad bus terminal and if he wants to go by train then he should go to Kamalapur station, from Kamalapur to Chittagong by train then Sitakund by bus. In this case, traveling by bus is easy, time-consuming, and less hassle.
Thinking of going to Sitakunda but have not heard the name of Chandranath Hill, it can’t be. Its height is 1020 feet (approx). There are two temples and a small spring on this hill. There are two roads to Chandranath, one is the ground road and the other is the stairs. When going up, you must go through the ground road and when you come down, you should go down the stairs. Then the trouble will be less. Any hill trekking is better to start early in the morning. Climbing the mountain is very difficult at noon for the sun’s heat. It may take three and a half to four hours to do the whole trek. Be sure to take water, saline, biscuits, dates, or something sweet. They will help you to bring back your energy. You will also find shops for juice, water, drinks, etc on the trekking way.
This Khaiyachhara trail is the biggest, longest, and most beautiful trail in Sitakunda waterfalls. It has a total of 12 steps/cascade. You can see the fountain at every step. However, the first step’s fountain is more beautiful than the others and you have to walk about 2 km to see the first cascade. Few people can cross the 12 steps of this fountain. Those who are interested in trekking full steps must be careful.
Napittachora Trail –
Napittachora is also a beautiful trail in Sitakunda waterfalls. The path of this trail is surrounded by huge boulders. it seems like you are in a deep forest. Such huge stones you can see in 2/1 trails in the Sitakunda range of Bangladesh. Trekking starts from Noyaduari Bazar. After some distance of trekking, you will see a railway line. There are many food hotels before and after the railway line, you must order food there for the launch. We also had breakfast there. There are four springs in this trail: Baghbiani, Bandora khum, Kupikata khum, Napittahora, or Mithachora. After walking for 30-40 minutes, you will find the first waterfall or Tipra Jharna, and Tipra khum (Khum=Deep Lake). After this spring there is Kupikatakhum a bit ahead. Then Baghbiani or Mithaichari spring and lastly Napittchara spring and Bandura khum. It is a matter of luck to get full water this spring. It takes 3-4 hours to cover the entire trail.
Komldoho Trail –
Komldoho is another beautiful and lengthy trekking trail in the Mirsarai range. The first fountain of this trail is both beautiful and dangerous. Do not climb the upper strip on this trail during the on-season. There are a lot of flash floods here and many tourists are victims of many accidents every year. The total number of springs in this range is eighteen. The names of the springs are Big Komoldoho, Chagalkanda, Patorvanga Spring, Ruposi Spring, small Komoldoho, Atharodoho, etc.
The Jhorjhori trail is called the kingdom of the Leech. For those looking for extra adventure, jhorjhori can be a good option! Many do not want to come to this trail for fear of leeches! Jharjhari trail is at Pantichila Bazar. This trail is as beautiful as other trails and what you will find on this trail are Jharjhari Jharna, Jharjhari Cascade, Murti Jharna, Lemon Jharna, and Mainnrama Khum. If it does not rain for 1/2 day in Sitakunda, the water in the fountain decreases.
The Boalia Trail is another tough, rugged trail. The springs and khums you will find on this trail are Amarmanikya, Kalatali, Boalia, Palakata Khum, Shukarmara Spring, Uthandhal, Andharmanikya Spring, etc. The road to Andharmanikya Spring is as beautiful and also painful. When it rains during trekking, it becomes very difficult to trek to this waterfall.
Another trail in the Mirsarai range of Sitakunda is Sonaichari. The main attractions of this trail are Bat Caves and Sonaichari waterfall. The screams of bats echoed throughout the bat cave. Better not to go on this trail in the rain! The path leading to this trail is dark in some places even in daylight. Although it looks very wild and scary, those who like extreme adventure can come here!
Suptadhara and Sahasradhara-1 Trail-
In Sitakunda Waterfalls, both these trails are located within the protected area of Sitakunda Eco Park. You can reserve CNG inside the eco-park and visit the two fountains. If you want, you can walk the entire road and then trek to see the waterfall. Suptadhara and Sahasradhara trails are comparatively different from other trails as they have to cross many stairs. The road to the two fountains is almost the same. First, there are about 500 stairs, then Jhiripath, then the fountain. There is a way to climb up the upper strip on the left side of Suptadhara Spring. Then there is another fountain, which is called Golapchipa Waterfall. To reach this stream, you have to trek for another 1 hour. If you want to see wildlife and nature up close, you can go further inside!
This is the highest spring in Mirsarai in Sitakunda, meaning the water falls from the highest point. This is the only waterfall in the Sitakunda range that does not require much effort to see. No detours, no rough roads, not even slippery roads. It takes only 30-40 minutes to walk along the village road. After climbing a few stairs, you will see a beautiful lake. This lake is very beautiful. The water of this lake is mainly later turned into a fountain. Although this lake dries up completely in winter. You have to hire a boat to reach Sahasradhara-2 via this lake. If you want you can also walk along the side of the lake. How you go is entirely up to you! Sahasradhara-2 will be seen after a short walk from the boat. During monsoon, the footpath in front of this spring becomes very muddy. But comparatively easier than other trails.
Harinmara- Hatuvhanga Trail-
This trail is not as well known as other trails. You have to cross the mountain road and go to the waterfall through the trail. There are 3 waterfalls and 1 lake on this trail. The lake is known as Bauachha or Nilambari Lake. First, you will come to Harinmara Waterfall then after some trek, you will get Hatuvhanga Spring then, Sarpaprapat Spring. After 40 minutes you will reach Bawachara Lake and then trek again for 50 minutes or 1 hour to see the waterfall. It may take 4-5 hours to cover the entire trail. Before starting trekking must order a launch at Bauchahra Lake Resor. The cost will be around 80-120 Tk.
Barabkund Trail is an unknown and ancient historical place in Sitakunda Mirsarai. This trail has Agnikunda (fire pit), Karakhamba Hill, Dadhi Bhairava, several hundred years old temples respectively Radhakrishna, Kalbhairava, and many other temples. In this range, you will find three springs – Barbakunda 1,2, and 3. The only hot water spring in Bangladesh will be found here. The firepit emits constant fire and the water next to it feels very cold when you touch it, which creates a sensation of sizzling! It is a very sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus. They believe that bathing in this water will purify the body. Those who go must keep these things in mind.
Some tips and cautions for trekking in Sitakunda Waterfalls-
1) Aged, weak, children and sick people with heart problems or asthma should not come.
2) You should be physically and mentally strong for these treks.
3) Buy bamboo sticks for 20-30 taka. It will support you in trekking.
4) Keep salt, and oil to avoid leeches.
5) take a guide. Guide fee- 300-500 (must bargain). Many people get lost on the trail without a guide. Again, many people are in danger by going on the wrong path.
6) If you don’t know swimming, avoid Khum (Khum is like a deep pond where the fountain’s water accumulates).
7) Wear trekking shoes/sandals. It is better to have anklets. There is no chance of spraining the leg.
8) You can keep enough water, saline, and dry food in trekking.
9) Stay in a safe place in case of a flash flood. Call 999 if necessary.
10) A request, please don’t litter anywhere, and don’t spoil the environment.