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

The Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary located in the northeast corner of Chittagong Hill District, on the Chittagong Hill Tracts. 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.

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Hill Top View of Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in 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’s also an important swamp point too.

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Wild Asian Elephant at Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary

The Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary in Bangladesh is situated in the Rangamati District in the Chittagong division. It was established as a game sanctuary in June 1962, latterly declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983, so the wildlife and foliage in the sanctuary are relatively settled and well-developed. It isn’t a veritably big wildlife sanctuary, as it only covers 420.87 square kilometres or hectares of land, still, that doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. Somewhat to the contrary, this bitsy little sanctuary is appreciatively bulging with life!

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Wild Boars at Pablakhali Sanctuary

Some of the creatures you can anticipate seeing then include Capped-Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Asian Elephant, Rhesus Macaque, Otters, Wild Boars, Gaur, Indian Muntjac, Indian Python and Sambar.

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Indian Python at Pablakhali

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

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White-Winged Wood Duck on Pablakhali Swamp

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

Key features:

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Little Grebe on Pablakhali Wetland

Area covered in total 42,087 hectares (104,000 acres)

Wide variety of mammals, including Wild Elephants.

A Refuge for Birds.

Beautiful Hilly Terrain ranging from 100-300 m.

How to find it?

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Map of Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary, Rangamati

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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Indian Muntjack at Pablakhali Sanctuary

The climatic conditions are typically sub-tropical with a dry period from November to May. The mean annual rainfall is 2,500 mm (98 in) with heavy rainfall in the monsoon season of July and August. The sanctuary area is bounded on the southern side by steep rugged hills. The soil is clay in the valley and pale brown to yellow-red (acidic) loam on the hills. The Kaptai dam was constructed as a part of the Karnaphuli hydroelectric project resulting in the submergence of a large portion of the sanctuary. Humidity is high throughout the year. The IUCN protected area category is II.

What to see?

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Sambar Deer (Stag) at Pablakhali

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.

Habitat, Flora & Fauna:

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Indian Gaur/Bison at Pablakhali Reserve Forest

Three forest types can be distinguished in the sanctuary: tropical wet evergreen forest; tropical Semi-evergreen; and tropical moist deciduous forest. The forest type is mainly tropical evergreen in the valleys and areas adjoining the rivers and lakes. The tree species growing are mainly Civit (Swintonia floribunda), Garjan (Dipterocarpus turbinates)., Tula tree (Pterygota alata), Quercus spp. and Castanopsis. The other forest type is tropical moist deciduous. The trees found in this forest type are mainly Dipterocarpus SPS; MangiferaindicaAmoora lawii; Cinnamomum SPS.;

Syzygium cuminiTetrameles nudifloraSalmalia malabaricum and Albizia SPS. Albizia. The trees are scattered and interspersed with extensive tracts of grassland.

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Asian Open Bill Stork at Pablakhali

Among larger mammals, the most important is the population of wild Asian elephants. 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?

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Dhole/Asian Wild Dog in wild at Pablakhali

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 are spoken here, so most people can find a way to communicate with the locals and tour guides.

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Common Moorhen at Sanctuary

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 in the area. But there are some roadside cafes (tea stalls). It is recommended for a traveller to carry food with them

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