Explore Bangladesh

Explore Bangladesh in Kaptai and Rangamati

The beauty of Bangladesh has been increased much for the division of Chittagong, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. It was a pleasing experience to explore some extremely beautiful spots in Bandarban, Kaptai and Rangamati. In my last year tour, two days I was in Kaptai and Rangamati and last three days was for Bandarban, which I’ve already described in my previous post about Bandarban Tour. So, will you like to explore Bangladesh with me? Grab more inside. 🙂

You are in Kaptai and not exploring the beauty of the Karnaphuli River, it is impossible. And so we (Me and my friend) decided to stay very near to that river where the Panorama Zoom Restaurant/ Zoom Restora located. This restaurant is run and managed by BGB and here are some beautiful wooden cottages to stay, very secure and scenic, located in the Chittagong-Kaptai Road. There is a separate picnic spot as well for the tourists.

Panorama Zoom restaurant is on 2nd floor decorated with wood and other natural materials got wooden stairs as well. While eating enjoyed the panoramic view of the river Karnaphuli too, and outside was raining because of the Rainy Season. Oh, what an amazing beauty it was!!! It was just thrilling to explore something new and something beautiful 😀We reached this resort by afternoon (August 15, 2014) where we booked already Venus Cottage for two days. Had lunch with Deshi/Bengali Menu (Plain Rice with Rui Fish Curry, veggies and many other items). The food taste was yummy cooked inside the restaurant itself and later came to know that big size Rui fish caught from the Karnaphuli river, this is something can’t imagine staying at Dhaka.

Venus Cottage in Panorama Zoom Restaurant
Venus Cottage in Panorama Zoom Restaurant
Karnaphuli River view from the Panorama Zoom Restaurant
Karnaphuli River view from the Panorama Zoom Restaurant
Evening Beauty of the Karnaphuli River
 Evening Beauty of the Karnaphuli River in Panorama Zoom Restaurant

Explore Bangladesh: Things I’ve loved in Kaptai and Rangamati

Next day (August 16, 2014) we came out to explore Bangladesh in the Kaptai Upazila. We visited Kaptai Lake, Kaptai Dam and Karnaphuli Hydroelectric Power Station in Kaptai and the Hanging Bridge in Rangamati. I really loved hilly roads and all natural view on the way to our next destination, Rangamati. Some other attractive tourist spots here are Kaptai National Park, Karnaphuli Paper Mill, Rajban Bihar Pagoda and Shubhalang Waterfall.

On the way to Rangamati
 On the way to Rangamati
Rangamati
On the way to Rangamati

Karnaphuli River

This largest river is not only increasing the beauty among tourists, but also playing a very important role for Chittagong division and the Hill Tracts. The Karnaphuli river is the main source for the Kaptai Dam, it built upon this river. This dam got 16 gates with 2,200 ft  long and 150 ft wide. The calm view of this river from the Karnaphuli Bridge was amazingly beautiful. I didn’t want to miss the chance to take some snaps of this beautiful river during our visit to Rangamati.

Karnaphuli River
Beautiful Karnaphuli River view from the Karnaphuli Bridge
Karnaphuli Bridge
Karnaphuli Bridge
Karnaphuli River view from the Karnaphuli Bridge
Beautiful Karnaphuli River view from the Karnaphuli Bridge

Kaptai Lake

This artificial lake is one of the beautiful and main attractive destination for all travelers in Kaptai Upazila of the Rangamati District. Kaptai Lake created during the built up of the Kaptai Dam.  Mostly tourists enjoy boating here. This lake and the dam were created mainly to produce hydroelectric power or hydroelectricity.

Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake
Beauty of Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake

Karnaphuli Hydroelectric Power Station

This is the only one hydroelectric power station of the South Asian country Bangladesh was created using the Karnaphuli River. Tourists with special permission from higher authority are allowed to enter inside to visit the beautiful Kaptai Dam and the Hydroelectric Power Plant. Visitors are not allowed Photo Shooting here. I was extremely happy after visiting this power station and I got no idea before how beautiful this place actually. It was an awesome experience for me.

Hanging Bridge

All tourists main attractions in Rangamati are this bridge which built over the Kaptai Lake. For entry you need to cut tickets and from here you can hire boats for boating and visiting Shubhalang Waterfall and one of the popular restaurants Peda Ting Ting to taste tribal food. Many boating packages are available to enjoy boating here. Tourists do buy many local handicrafts from the tribal shop outside of this spot.

Rangamati Hanging Bridge
Rangamati Hanging Bridge
Boating on Kaptai Lake
Boating on the Kaptai Lake 

And then came back to our resort in Kaptai. Afternoon I also went for a boating in the Karnaphuli river. I’ve loved the evening walk and the sunset beauty of the riverside from this resort. The amazing calmness, beautiful greeneries, lovely sky with mountain view is just more than enough to attract any nature lovers to come and explore the beautiful Kaptai Upazila and Rangamati District of Bangladesh.

Boating on the Karnaphuli River
Boating on the Karnaphuli River 

Here all beautiful shots captured with Lumia720 and Sony DSC-H300 by (©nafisa_habib). 

Is not Bangladesh truly blessed with many attractive tourist spots? Will you like to explore the beauty of the Karnaphuli River? I know you’ll surely. 😀

Nafisa Habib loves nature and often got fascinated by old beautiful architecture. Here she is with My Own Way To Travel to share her adventures on the road. To her nothing is so interesting than exploring new destinations around. And knowing a new culture and meeting new peoples on the road? Oh, yeah she just loves that too.

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