There are many places to visit between the sea and the hills, find out the best ones among them here.
The government of Bangladesh has officially changed the name from Chittagong to Chattogram. So don’t be confused when you see two names in different places!
Are you looking forward to making a Chittagong tour? Certainly, this is the second biggest city in Bangladesh and it is a wonderful destination. It is one of the famous coastal cities and considered the second capital of Bangladesh.
This article will provide you a single guide about the best tourist spots & other related information about Chittagong. You will find the answer to all the important questions that you need to know before making a travel plan for this beautiful city.
- How to visit Chittagong?
- When is the best time to visit Chittagong?
- What are the top tourist destinations of Chittagong?
- How to book your flights to Chittagong?
First, let us start by answering the basic questions that every traveler will need to know.
How to visit Chittagong?
Even though the distance between Dhaka and Chittagong is 265 miles, you can go by bus in 4 to 5 hours considering the roads are clear but with excessive traffic sometimes it usually makes it a 7-9 hour long journey or even more long weekends and long vacations. The train is also a better alternative.
But you don’t want to ruin a day on the bus or train, right? Hence flights are the best option to travel to Chittagong. The flight duration is usually 50-55 minutes and the fare is very reasonable too.
When is the best time to visit Chittagong?
Well, it totally depends on your choice and schedules. But you wouldn’t want to miss exploring this region during the winter season in Bangladesh (December to February). It is the best time to visit Chittagong. You will enjoy the sun in the day and comfortable cool at night.
Besides, the rainy season is a great time too. The rain gives a cleaner & fresher appearance to nature. Those natural surroundings become a beautiful sight to experience.
What are the top tourist attractions of Chittagong?
Now let's have a look at the top tourist attractions in Chittagong
1. Patenga Beach
Due to its location which is close to the airport, Patenga Beach is one of the very popular tourist spots in Chittagong. It is only 14 Kilometers away from the city.
This beach is not very wide & swimming is not recommended at all. Instead, you can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. The beach is well maintained and clean. You will love the combination of tamarisk trees, cool breeze & the sound of the waves.
You can just sit here and relax for a long time. There are excellent sitting arrangements available. You can enjoy a boat ride with friends and families too. Overall a great place to handout!
Naval Academy beach is another great place where you can have quality time with friends and families. It is just 5 minutes’ drive from the Patenga beach. The atmosphere is superb here. You sit and enjoy the beautiful views of the sea and enjoy the ships roaming in the sea.
Another attraction is the collection of delicious seafood! These are prepared on the beach and sold fresh. The most popular one is the fried crab served with cucumbers & onions. Fresh fried fishes are also available on the beach.
After the refreshments, you can enjoy a speed-boat ride too. You will find sea bikes and horses too! The cost is not too much, but make sure you bargain before enjoying the services.
Malaysian Traveler MA Matin reviewed this beach on Tripadvisor:
‘’A beach to take a long breath after a hectic week. Located close to the city. It is a good place to enjoy some moments out of the city.’’
2. Chandranath Hill & Temple
Chandranath Temple is only 5 Kilometers away from the Sitakunda Eco Park. According to Hinduism, Sita’s right arm fell in this place after her self-immolation. Therefore, it is one of the ‘’Shakti Peeth’’ and a pilgrimage site.
Shakti Peeth is the place where, according to Hindu myth, Sita’s body parts fell after her self-immolation. In total there are 51 Shakti Peeths across the sub-continent. 7 of them are in Bangladesh.
This beautiful temple is situated over Chandranath Hill which is 1,020 feet (310 meters) above sea level. That makes it the highest peak of Chittagong. This hill is an eastern part of the Himalayas.
Climbing the stairs all the way to the temple is the biggest challenge and the most exciting part as well.
After reaching the peak, you will experience a vast area before your eyes, full of greens, while the fresh air will remove all the tiredness of climbing. After getting refreshed, you can check out the ancient temple.
Saadman wrote in his review in Tripadvisor:
‘’Chandranath Temple is situated at the top of Chandranath Hill. One will need 2 hours to reach the peak. After reaching, a full view of Sitakundu will mesmerize you for sure!’’
Rangamati is one of the famous & beautiful hilly districts of Bangladesh. It is also the largest district of Bangladesh with a volume of 6,116.11 square kilometers.
It is one of the major tourist spots in terms of ethnic diversity. 11 different ethnic groups are residing around this area. About 10 different languages are spoken by them. Surely you will experience something different in this region.
The most popular tourist spots in Rangamati includes the famous Kaptai Lake, Karnafuli hydropower plant, Kaptai national park, Hanging bridge of Rangamati, Rajbon Bihar, Shuvlong fountain. Sajek Valley, Kaptai dam, Polwel Park (maintained by Bangladesh police), Lake view island (maintained by Bangladesh Army), and many more.
There are numerous restaurants to entertain tourists with fresh foods. The natural touch with the hilly atmosphere will refresh your mind and encourage you to explore more!
Rafsan visited Rangamati & reviewed it on Tripadvisor:
‘’Rangamati is a beautiful place in Bangladesh. It’s rare scenic beauty and unspoiled tribal life is just a little away from Chittagong. It will be interesting to cruise on the blue water of Kaptai Lake. The peace-loving, friendly and extremely hospitable people will welcome you to their own land. Definitely recommended place to visit.’’
4.4 / 5.00
Another beautiful travel destination in Chittagong is known as Bhatiari. The most mesmerizing attraction of this lace is the natural lake known as Bhatiari Lake. It is just 20 minutes away from the city which makes it a convenient tourist attraction.
The lake itself is a source of amusement, The crystal clear water, and the serene atmosphere will surely refresh your mind. It's an ideal place for a visit with family and friends. It is also an excellent place for arranging picnics.
There is a well-organized golf course which is maintained by the Bangladesh Army. Nearby is a place which is known as Bhatiari Sunset point. From here, anyone can enjoy the beautiful scenery of sunset. It is a truly memorable experience.
You can spend some time in the golf club. It is surrounded by beautiful green atmosphere and it will refresh your mind. It's great if you are a fan of a quiet place with less crowds.
Ahnaf reviewed Bhatiari on Tripadvisor:
‘’The lake has got a wonderful view of hills surrounding it. Anybody can spend a very nice time there with family or friends. It is extremely beautiful and it looks gorgeous at sunset. Loved the place.’’
4.3 / 5.00
Kaptai lake is situated in Kaptai which is in the Rangamati district. It's the largest man-made lake in South Asia with a huge volume of 11,000 square kilometers. The lake was created as a part of the Karnaphuli hydroelectric project.
It's surrounded by beautiful green hills. The hilly areas combined with the sparkling water of Kaptai lake creates the ideal atmosphere of vacation.
These hilly areas are enriched with different and rare species of animals and plants. The lake is also a home for a large number of aquatic species. Though the lake is mane made, it's no less than any beautiful natural lake.
You can enjoy a day-long boat ride in the lake. The fresh oxygen-enriched air of the lake will take away all your tiredness and rejuvenate you. By boat, you can visit special attractions in Kaptai such as the Suvlong fountain, Kaptai hanging bridge, Rangamati city, and so on.
There are many restaurants nearby where you can stop for a while and enjoy delicious lunch with seafood and other cuisines.
Nusayb visited Kaptai lake and wrote a review on Trip Advisor
One of the best man-made lakes in Bangladesh at Rangamati. Hire a boat and just tell your boatman to take you to Suvolong waterfall, then take lunch at Peda Ting Tong Restaurant, and lastly take you to Lake View Island. You will be amazed to see the Beautiful Natural Beauty. Lastly, u get down at Polwel Park.
4.5 / 5.00
How to book your flights from Dhaka to Chittagong?
You can book your air tickets from Dhaka To Chittagong through an online travel agency in Bangladesh.
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So here are the top 5 places you really want to visit when you are in Chittagong. There are many other places and attractions which we will keep talking about.
Also, you can get more information on flights and hotels here:
Best Flights to Chittagong
Best hotels in Chittagong
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