Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary(পাবলাখালী অভয়ারণ্য)
ucked into the northeast corner of the Chittagong Hill Tracts,the Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is home to elephants and a wide variety of other animals. The sanctuary is the finest hill forest remaining in Bangladesh and it aslo an important wetland site.
Location: 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.
* Wide variety of mammals,including elephants
*A refuge For birds
*Beautiful hilly terrain ranging From 100-300 m
Brife History: It was established as a game sanctuary in june 1962,later declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983.
Habita,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 Asian Elephant. Other mammals are Rhesus Macaque ,Capped langur,hoolock Gibbon,Dhole,small cats,otters,wild Boar,and Sambar. There are aslo numerous bird species in the Sanctuary.
Getting there from Dhaka: Differnt bus services from Dhaka go directly to Rangamati.These buses stop at Rangamati Launch Ghat . From there board on lanunches that go directly to Pablakhali ( 5 hr). you can aslo use engine boat,but it may pricey ( tk 600-700).you can also use Khagrachari road to reache sanctuary. That route- Dhaka-khagrachari-Marissa-pablakhali ( by boat ).
places to stay and Eat: There is a beatiful rest house at Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary,byt prior permission is required from Divisional Forest Officer,Chittagong Hill tract ( North). courtsey-Nishorgo .