Things to Do & Places to See in Rangamati
Rangamati is a travel destination in southeastern Bangladesh known to tourists as “Lake City.” Located 77 km from Chittagong, Rangamati is the administrative headquarters of Rangamati Hill District in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The natural beauty of this region lies in its varied geography consisting of hills, jungles, rivers, and scenic vistas. Various tribes also find residence in this district, making it a rich cultural experience for local and foreign visitors. You can plan your trip any time of the year, but many people say it’s best to visit during the rainy season.
Rangamati is an adventure haven for those who are seeking fun outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are some of top places to see in Rangamati and attractions you should never miss whenever you’re in town:
Kaptai Lake is a man-made lake which happens to be the largest lake in Bangladesh. It is Rangamati’s main attraction. With a smooth cruise on a boat ride, you can explore the small islands lying on the lake’s vast expanse. Sprawled among these islands are beautiful Buddhist temples, historic monuments, natural landmarks, and great picnic spots.
One of the most popular destinations is Shuvalong Falls which can be reached via boat within 90 minutes (one way). Don’t worry about the travel time as you will surely be entertained by the breathtaking view of the hilly landscape of southern Bangladesh. If you want to see the falls in all its majesty, make your visit during the rainy season.
Parjatan Hanging Bridge
On your boat ride along Kaptai Lake (or by land), you can also make a stop in one of Rangamati’s most famous landmarks – the Parjatan Hanging Bridge (Jhulonto Bridge). You can do a quick stroll across the bridge, which is a nice place for photography. Local fruits are sold there at a very cheap price.
Peda Ting Ting
What’s not to love about an island restaurant? Peda Ting Ting is your stop if you want to take in tasty, quality meals while being surrounded by Rangamati’s incredible scenery. Peda Ting Ting Island Restaurant’s bamboo chicken is a must-try. You can also opt for an overnight stay on the island and sleep on one of the cottage facilities that you can easily find there.
The Chakma Rajbari was the old palace of the Chakma Circle Chief. Not only is it a nice place to learn about the history of this part of the land, the Chakma Rajbari is also a symbol of pride and testimony of the History of Chittagong Hill Tracts. It symbolizes the tradition and unity of the various tribes of Chittagong Hill Tracts who have been living there for hundreds of years already.
Though Sajek is in Rangamati, it is more easily accessible from Khagrachhari. If you are interested to visit Sajek, please read places to see in Khagrachhari.
As you roam the beautiful sights of Rangamati, be sure not to miss interacting with the locals and different tribes residing in the district. Observe how they run their daily lives, talk to them about your own culture, and try even sharing a meal with someone. Learning about their lifestyle, practices, and natural way of life will surely open your mind to a deeper appreciation of the Bangladeshis.