Rangamati, located in the Chittagong Division, is a district in South-eastern Bangladesh. It is the largest district of the country and the town of Rangamati serves as the headquarters of Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The total area of the district is 6116.13 sq km. The area of 1291.5 sq. km is riverine and 4824.63 sq.km.is under forest vegetation and the lake area is about 650 sq. km. It’s a combination of Hill- Lake-Plain land. It's a travel destination of Bangladesh which is known as "Lake City".
The total population is divided into Bangalees and eleven tribes (ethnic minorities): Chakma, Marma, Tanchangya, Tripura, Pankua, Lushi, Khiang, Murang, Rakhain, Chak, Bowm,Khumi.
From Chittagong a 77 km. road amidst green fields and winding hills will take you to Rangamati. It is also connected by waterway from Kaptai. If you don’t visit Rangamati you will not discover a big portion of natural beauties of Bangladesh. Boating is the prime attraction in Rangamati. You can go to Kaptai and also by Karnaphuli River you can go deep inside the hill areas where on the way you will find lots of natural waterfalls. If you wish you can take shower in the waterfall or you can swim in the river. By boat you can visit the tribal villages, King Chakma's (tribal) Palace that is called Chakma Rajbari, Rajbonbihar pagoda, Tribal museum etc. You can also enjoy the tribal handmade crafts if you go for shopping in the local market. You can enjoy Tribal life, fishing, speed boat cruising, hiking, bathing or merely enjoying nature as it is.
Hanging Bridge is the landmark icon of Rangamati. It's a popular tourist spot and a must go destination. Kaptai lake is a wonderful spot for boating and cruising. Parjatan and private tour operators offer a number of cruises by mechanical boats. One can go to various scenic spots in Shuvalong, Barkal, Longadu, Mainimukh and other areas by boat from Rangamati.
The only Tribal Cultural Museum in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region was established at Rangamati in 1978 and run by the Tribal Cultural Institute. It preserves valuable objects and articles of different tribes depicting their socio-economic, cultural and historical tradition. These include typical tribal dresses, ornaments, arms and ammunitions, coins, statues made of wood, bronze and other metals, musical instruments, ivory products, handicrafts, paintings on tribal life etc. Open: Saturday- Thursday, 10.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. Closed: Friday & Public Holidys. Admission is free. For tourists, the attractions of Rangamati are numerous.
Accommodation: Parjatan holiday complex is the best place to stay in Rangamati. There are other hotels in Rangamati where you can stay.