CTG Hill Tracts
The most obvious location for adventure tourism in Bangladesh is the wild hilly region in Chattogram. The districts of Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Bandarban, and Cox’s Bazar are dotted with innumerable spots of pristine natural beauty; wide expanses of lush green rolling hills, small hilly brooks and streams, hidden ice-melt waterfalls, and the most important factor of all — the rush of laying eyes on natural beauty that very few others have had the privilege of experiencing.
The hills in this area, especially Bandarban and Rangamati, are home to many small cascades, tall waterfalls, and hilly creeks rushing over rocky paths. Most of these are quite remote, and require substantial trekking to reach. Some of the falls are relatively easy to walk to, although over long distances, the terrain being easy, and others are much trickier — demanding trekking through shallow water, minor/major rock climbing, rappelling, swimming and such, all for the one waterfall. Homestays are offered in many indigenous homes in various “paras,” or villages. Examples include Nafakhum, Amiyakhum, Bhelakhum, Risang Falls, Jadipai, etc. The area is also home to the tallest peaks of the country, like Keokradong, Tajindong, Saka Haphong ets. Jugihafong. There are also many on and off trail trekking areas, waiting to be explored!
There are vast wetlands with interesting eco-systems and changing lifestyles with seasons, making these ideal for travellers to soak up life and nature at all times of the year. Sylhet is also host to a couple of national forests, with unspoiled greenery and numerous species of animals, especially for the travel and photography enthusiasts.
There are many small and large river islands forever being formed and devoured by the mighty rivers of Bangladesh. While these are stable, they make for great options for camping, and experiencing raw nature to its fullest. Locally called ‘chars,’ there are many named and unnamed ones all over the river system in the country.
The islands in the Bay
St Martin’s, and its extension Cchera Dwip, have a coral base, and the only one of such type in Bangladesh. There are other islands like Hatia, Kutubdia, Nijhum Dwip, and Kakrar Char, where travellers can still taste simple life, and observe naturally beautiful and remote places.
The patchwork of closely clustered islands, with numerous waterways that forms the largest mangrove forest in the world, Sundarbans, is in south-western Bangladesh, and is an obvious choice for adventure travellers of different skill levels to relish and enjoy! Go to catch a glimpse of the tiger, or follow the honey hunters into the wild.
Swatch of no land
About 50 km from the Sundarbans, begins a mostly unexplored underwater canyon, the depths of which vary between 500 to 1200 metres in different places. Called the ‘Swatch of No Land,’ it is a haven for many species of aquatic life, including various types of dolphins and whales, like the Minke whale, Bryde’s whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, Irrawaddy dolphin, Indo-Pacific Bottle-nose dolphin, Spinner dolphin, as well as Hawksbill turtle, Hammer-head shark, swimming crabs. Birds like Masked booby, Great black-headed gull, Crested Tern can be observed here too. It is a great adventure for people interested in aquatic life and photographing them.