Khagrachhori: The centurion Banyan tree, Matiranga

Monday, 02nd August 2010

Usually I don't used to make a tour at Monday, unless its government holiday. But I had to stay till Monday at Khagrachhari. Cause after 2:30 there is no bus available for Dhaka. If I wanted to return back at Sunday, my tour would be a 1 and half day. Which is not sufficient to cover the most prominent tourist attractions of the district.

Now coming to the main point. Since the bus is at 2:30 at afternoon, I had some time to explore the district for more. I have decided to visit a 400 years of old Banyan tree which is located at "Matiranga Upazila" of Khagrachari. This is a mammoth tree, and according to some prudent, its one of the largest banyan tree from Bangladesh. Local people used to call this as "Parjatan Bot Gachh", Some people used to call this as "Alutila Bot Gachh".

The main one of the tree is itself a big one. But you can easily see there are several small trees which are connected with the main one. Actually those are created from the main one, a branch. The whole banyan tree is really awesome, local people are having fresh air under the tree. Also from there, you can observe the cloudy hills of Khagrachhori. There is a school just beside the tree. The name of the school is "Alutila Bot-toli Junior High School". That school name will also help you to locate the tree.

How to go:
I have used public transport. There are lots of buses are available at Khagrachhori bus terminal which used to leave for "Feni" and "Chittagong". You can take any of those. around each and every 10-15 minutes, a bus used to dispatch for the destination. You'll require to pay 20 taka per person, and bus will drop you at "Matiranga Bazar". From there, you have to hire a motor bike. Two person can ride over a single bike. It will take you around 80-100 taka for taking you to the banyan tree, and return back to the bazar. It will be wise to take the bike for round trip, otherwise it will be very difficult for you to find a bike at that place.

Notes: Remember, there are plenty of banyan trees at Matiranga. So ask them for tourist one. Otherwise they may take you at different one. So careful.