Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary: A Place to see Wildlife from Close Distance

  Arafat Rasul           17 Jul, 2017

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Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary: A Place to see Wildlife from Close Distance


Tucked into the northeast corner of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is home to wild elephants and a wide variety of other animals. The sanctuary is the finest hill forest remaining in Bangladesh and it also an important wetland site.

The Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary in Bangladesh is located in the Rangamati District in the Chittagong division. It was established as a game sanctuary in June 1962, later declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983, so the wildlife and vegetation in the sanctuary is quite settled and well-developed. It is not a very big wildlife sanctuary, as it only covers 420.87 square kilometers or 42,087 hectares of land, however that does not mean it has nothing to offer. Quite to the contrary, this tiny little sanctuary is positively teaming with life!

Some of the animals you can expect to see here include Capped-Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Asian Elephant, Rhesus Macaque, Tiger, Otters, Wild Boars, Guar, Indian Muntjac, Indian Python and Sambar.

Bird lovers can look forward to seeing Herons, Egrets, Little Grebe, Common Coot, Common Moorhen, Waterfowl, White-Winged Wood Duck, Asian Open Bill Stork and many more.

There are also Wild Cats, Dholes and dozens of other animals living in this fascinating wildlife sanctuary. Nature lovers will find that much of this diversity is owing to the regions great topographical diversity. The area is well watered and varies in altitude.


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Key features:


Area covered in total 42,087 hectares.

Wide variety of mammals, including Wild Elephants.

A Refuge for Birds.

Beautiful Hilly Terrain ranging from 100-300 m.


How to find?


At the northern end of Kaptai Lake in the south-eastern part of Kassalong Reserve Forest in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, some 112 km from Rangamati Town. The western boundary is formed by the Kassalong River.


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What to see?


Tiger, Gaur, Asian Elephant, Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Dhole, Wild Cats, Otters, Wild Boar, Indian Muntjac, and Sambar,Waterfowl, Little Grebe, Herons, Egrets, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Asian Openbill Stork, and White-Winged Wood Duck, Indian Python etc.


Things to do?


Jungle safari, Bird safari, Adventure Trailing, Camp Firing, Camping.


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Habitat, Flora & Fauna:


Three forest types can be distinguished in the sanctuary: tropical wet evergreen forest; tropical Semi-evergreen; and tropical moist deciduous forest. Among larger mammals, the most important is the population of Wild Asian Elephant. Other mammals are Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Dhole, Wild Cats, Otters, Wild Boar, and Sambar. There are also numerous Bird species in the Sanctuary.


What about the facilities?


Visitors can choose between bird safaris and jungle safaris and both are equally rewarding. Accommodation can be found in the immediate area by way of two rest houses. You will find that both Bangla and English is spoken here, so most people can find a way to communicate with the locals and tour guides.

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Travel Tips:


The best time to visit the Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary in Bangladesh is between November and May. The nearest town is Rangamati which can be easily reached by road or rail. Most visitors will touch down at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong before taking the train to Rangamati en route to the Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary. Whatever way you choose to get there, make sure that you do end up visiting this great wildlife sanctuary.

There is a beautiful rest house at Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary, but prior permission is required from Divisional Forest Officer, Chittagong Hill tract (North).

There are no such good eating facilities at the area. But there are some roadside cafes (tea stalls). It is recommended for a traveler to carry food with them.


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