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September 24, 2015

Backpacker Birding Bangladesh

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Birding in Bangladesh.

This is my research for a trip I hope to make to Bangladesh sometime in the future. Fingers crossed! In October 2014 A$1 ~= 68 Taka (tk). (Updating September 2015).


Suhrawardi and Ramna Parks ? River trips – eg Contic via Turag River.
Hotels : Old Dhaka: Hotel Sugandha, Grameen , 24 Nawabpur Rd, tk 120.
Hotel Al-Razzaque International , 29/1 North-South Rd, tk400.

Jahangirnagar University 32km from Dhaka.

Bhawal National Park is located at Rajendrapur, one hour north of Dhaka. On way to Mymensingh.

Mymensingh has a botanical gardens.
Nirula Hotel, Chowk Bazar, tk200.
Hotel Hera, 36/B S. K. Moharaja Road, tk500.

Madhupur National Park.
Bus from Mymensingh to Tangail. Bus to Pocheesh Mile. Rickshaw to Pirgacha village.
Stay at Pirgacha Mission, 0171 3003523 , tk100.


Khulna Division.

Khulna – trip to Sundarbans?
Khulna Hotels: Society Hotel, Helatala Rd, tk100. Hotel Arcadia, Khan A Sabar Rd, tk250.
Hotel Park, 46 K.D. Ghosh Road, Tk150-750.

Mongla – day trips to Karamjal Forest Station – Jahangir Enterprises, Mr Emdad and Mr Sobhan.
Stay: Hotel Bangkok, Main Rd, tk200. Hotel Singapore, tk 100.

Barisal Division.

Barisal – Hotel Ababil, East Bogura Rd, tk100. Paradise Hotel, Hospital Rd, tk250.
Village of Madhabpasa, 10km to NW of Barisal has a lake with birds.

Kuakata is a beach 100km from Barisal. Nearby Forestry Reserve. Hire fisherman to take you to nearby forested islands.
Stay: Hotel Sunrise, tk100.
Hotel Banani Palace. tk1000.


Chittagong Division.

Chittagong – Patenga Beach, Foy’s Lake, Kattali Beach.
Silver Inn Hotel, Station Rd, tk300.
Hotel Miskha, Station Rd, tk300.
Asian SR Hotel – 291 Station Road, Phone : +880-31-636383, Mobile: 01711889555, Website:, Email: – luxury for $15.

Rangamati – boat trip to Kaptai Lake. Stay: Hotel Golden Hill, tk200. Hotel Lake View, tk200.

Bandarban stay: Hillside Resort, tk500. Hotel Greenhill, tk100. Hotel Purabi, tk100. .

Cox’s Bazar stay: Hotel New United International, Bangabandu rd, tk100. Hotel Panowa, tk200.
Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sonadia Island. Maheshkali Island.

Hatiya Island in the Bay of Bengal. Travel by bus to Noakhali, and then to Chaiman Ghat where you get the launch to Hatiya Island, landing at Nolchira Ghat. Stay in local accomodation on the island, and charter a boat.

St Martins Island – budget guesthouses along the main road such as Hotel Sea Heart, Bay of Bengal Guesthouse, Coast Guesthouse, Hotel Sadek, Oceanview and Coral Reef Guesthouse – tk1000-1500.

Khagrachhari – Hotel Jiran – Tk. 350-500.

Baillon's Crake
Baillon’s Crake

Sylhet Division.

Sylhet stay: Hotel Abu Humza near main bus terminal tk500.
Hotel Asia, Bandar Bazar, tk100. Hotel East End, Telihaor Rd, tk200.

Sunamganj – 70kms west of Sylhet. Birdwatching in haors(wetlands) upstream.

Srimangal stay: Hotel Taj Mahal, Dhaka-Sylhet Rd, tk100. Hotel United, tk100.

Lowacherra National Park, 8km east of Srimangal. catch bus.
Green Valley Guest House, South Baligaon (Boter Thol), Bhanugach . tk1500.

Satchari National Park , 60km SW of Srimangal, get Dhaka-Sylhet bus.

Rema Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, near Satchari.

Baikka Beel, is a protected part of the Hail Haor wetland complex. Start from Srimongol. Hire a CNG at station road, standard is 400taka for taking you to the Beel, waiting there for two hours while you watch birds and bringing you back to the town. boat ride ~30tk.

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