Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary
Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Chunarughat Upazila of Habiganj district. It is very near the Sreemangal Upazila of Moulvibazar district and adjacent to the Tripura border of India. Its distance from the capital Dhaka to about 130 kilometers. And it’s located 31 kilometers away from Habiganj.
Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected forest in Bangladesh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Rema-Kalenga is the largest natural hill forest in Bangladesh. It is a dry and evergreen forest. And after the Sundarbans, Bangladesh’s largest natural forestland is Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also the country’s second-largest wildlife sanctuary and the country’s most affluent forests, with its biosphere and vegetation. Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1982 and later it was further expanded in 1996. Currently (2009) the size of this sanctuary is 1795.54 hectares. Since the vast area is the natural forest, there are 11 units and 7 camps to see everything in the forest. That’s why you can easily visit in the forest. And with the forest, there are India’s borders. So, if you do not knowing these trail, it is not better to go to the jungle itself. Take the guide with you.
Some of the natural forest areas of Bangladesh still remain in good standing; Rema-Kalenga is one of them. It’s so attractive and beautiful forest and also the most popular tourist place in Bangladesh. There are many trees, birds, and animals in this forest. And also there is more tea garden beside the forest. Rema tea garden on the south-west side, Hughli tea garden in the east and on the northwest, Parakul tea garden. Four bits of forest ranges of Kalenga (Kalenga, Rema, Chanbari and Rashidpur) among the Rima, Kalenga and Chanbari, the vast jungle consist of Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are several hills. The highest height of the mountains is 67 meters from sea level. Wildlife Sanctuary This sanctuary has lots of wildlife and birds. You will certainly be fascinated by the different types of birds here. The reserve forest is also an ideal place for those who are delighted to travel in the forest.
If you want to travel around the intensive nature of the Rima-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary rich in biodiversity,
You can see the trail. There is half an hour, one hour and three hours three trail or way in the forest. The eco-tour guide can get help if needed. Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in rare species biodiversity. Currently, there are 37 species of mammals, 167 species of birds, seven species of amphibians, 18 species of reptiles and 638 species of plants. Three species of monkeys live in the forest; these are ultoleji monkeys, rhesus monkeys, and the nocturnal Mimosa. Moreover, there are five species of squirrels. Among the wild animals, there is also the mouthpiece Hanuman, Chashmapara Hanuman, Auluk, Maya deer, Mesobagh, Desi Forest Pig, mongoose, Tsaru etc. Eighteen species of snakes are found in this forest in among Cobra, Milky Way, Daurash, etc. is notable.
Inside the forest, there are watchtowers. There is a lake next to the tower. The beauty of the lake will fascinate you. The best time to come here from October to April. There are no restaurant inside this reserve forest, you can bring food and water together. You will find many restaurants to eat Shayestaganj and Chunarughat. You can get lots of food and taste for eating at these restaurants.
How to go there?
If you go to Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary you will have to come to Shayestaganj first. There are 2 ways to go to the Shayestaganj National Park from Dhaka. One is bus and another is the train. However, due to the good road communication system can go very quickly by bus. From Dhaka, you have to come to Shayestaganj to the Freedom Chattor. Shayestaganj is 168 kilometers away from Dhaka.
Every day buses from Mohakhali, Sayedabad, and Arambagh of Dhaka leave for going to Sylhet. Buses are Ena transport, Hanif Transport, Greenline Transport, Shyamoli Transport and Unique Transport. Through the buses, you have to go to Shayestaganj bus stand. Bus rental is about 400-800 taka. Then you can go from Shayestaganj to Rima-Kaleanga via CNG or Zip. Rental is about 400-600 taka. You can also go from Srimangal. From Srimangal to Rema-Kalenga Wildlife rental is about 2000-3000 taka.
Where you’ll stay?
The forest department’s restroom has to stay at Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary. Sylhet divisional forest officials will need permission to stay there. There is also a Nisorgo hill cottage here. It is situated on the side of the main entrance of Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary. There are three rooms of this college, eight people can stay here. The big two rooms are rented for 1000 Tk and the smallest rent is Tk 700. The cost of food is Tk 200 per person daily. And breakfast 60 Tk. Besides, if you want you can stay at Madhabpur Upazila of Habiganj district. There are also many good quality hotels.