From Chittagong a 77 km road amidst green fields and
winding hills will take you to Rangamati, the headquarter
of Rangamati Hill District which is a wonderful repository
of scenic splendours with flora and fauna of varied
descriptions. The township is located on the western
bank of the Kaptai lake. Rangamati is a favourite
holiday resort because of its beautiful landscape,
scenic beauty, lake, colourful tribes (Chakma, Marma
etc)., its flora and fauna, tribal museum, hanging
bridge, homespun textile products, ivory jewellery
and the tribal men and women who fashion them. For
tourists the attractions of Rangamati are numerous,
tribal life, fishing, speed boat cruising, water skiing,
hiking, bathing or merely enjoying nature as it is.
Museum : The
only Tribal Cultural Museum in the Hill Tracts region
was established at Rangamati town in 1978 and run
by the Tribal Cultural Institute. It preserves valuable
objects and articles of different tribes depicting
their socio-economic, cultural and historical tradition.
These include typical tribal dresses, ornaments, arms
and ammunitions, coins, statues made of wood, bronze
and other metals, musical instruments, ivory products,
handicrafts, paintings on tribal life etc. Open: Saturday-
Thursday, 10.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. Closed: Friday &
Public Holidys. Admiddion is free.
lake : The
Kaptai lake is a wonderful spot for boating and cruising.
Parjatan and private operators offer a number of cruises
by mechanical boats. One can go to various scenic
spots in Shuvalong, Barkal, Longadu, Mainimukh and
other areas by boat from Rangamati.