Monday, November 14, 2011

KEOKARADONG, MOUNTAIN KEOKARADONG

Mountain Keokradong
BANDARBAN

Information:
 
Keokradong (or Keokradang) is the third highest mountain peak located in South-Eastern Bangladesh, with a questioned altitude of 1,230 metres (4035 ft), and it is located on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar (also known as Burma). On the top of Keokradong there is a small shelter and a signboard made by the Bangladeshi military. It is 30km away from the Ruma sadar Upazilla. During the winter season many adventurous tourists to visit this mountain. This remote hilly region is full of natural beauty. You can be overwhelmed at the first sight of this mountain. Keokradong  is very close to the Myanmar border and you can see an endless courses of mountains and hills. This area is covered with deep forests full of animals and beast.


How to reach:

Ruma is 50 kilometer away from Bandarban. It is a remote upzila Bangladesh due to lack of developed communication and transportation. From any where if you want to go Keokaradong you have to reach at Bandarban first. There are direct bus services from Dhaka. Dolphin, S. Alam , Unique ,Soudia leave Dhaka for Bandarban at late night. Any one can even move from Chittagong. There are some services from Baddarhat Bus station. From there you have to go Ruma. Most used transport is named Chander Gari. This will take you near to Ruma bazaar. It will take around two to three hours depending on the road and other factors. Then you have to ride on a boat. Some time especially in winter you may can have a hike up to Ruma Bazaar. On the way heading to Ruma you have to register your name & address in the nearby military check post. Your next destination will be Bogalake, A tribal village at estimated 1167 feet. From Ruma sadar you can hire pickup or jeep up to Boga Lake and you have to walk through the hills from Boga Lake to Keokradong.


Food and Accommodation facility:

In Bandarban you can stay at Govt. Rest house, Porjoton Motel and lots of hotel & motel (cost of 100 taka to several 1000 takes). In Ruma bazaar you can stay Hotel Hilton or any other Boarding or any tribal house. Without anywhere mentioned previously you can stay any tribal house with negotiation. You have to confirm at first the hotel reservation before going to Ruma, otherwise you will have no alternative passing the night. Except the rest houses of district council In Bogalake There is no other accommodation facility.

Up to Bandarban you will find local restaurant. After you leave Bandarban for the trail, you have to depend on whatever food you have or you may ask the tribal village to prepare some local food for you. Tourists have to carry dry food , water purifying tablet warm clothes, torch light, orsallaine, anti mosquito lotion and other necessary medicines.

Shelter and a signboard put up by the Bangladeshi military

Remember:

This journey is very much strenuous. So keep confidence. Always carry drinking water and first aid box. Show positive behave with local people and should respect to their culture. No mobile network, no restaurant and also no well road communication in Bogalake.You should start your journey early in the morning from Bogalake to reach Tajingdong. It may take 7 to 8 hours to reach Tajingdong. You should remember that you are not allowed to leave Ruma for visiting Bogalake after 4 pm, Keokradong or Tajingdong.

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