Today we discuss Sylhet tourist spots You must Put on Your Bucket List When you are in Sylhet. Sylhet is designated as “the daughter of nature”. That’s why, When a Tourist is looking for a serene atmosphere and spectacular views then Sylhet is the name that comes first before any place in Bangladesh. When a Traveller wants some rejuvenation for his/her body and soul through natural retreat and wants complete refreshment then no one can think of a place other than Sylhet. Cause, Sylhet, the holy land of 360 Awliya, enjoys the blessings of Allah more than other parts of Bangladesh. Sylhet offers magnificent natural beauty, majestic hills, a Tea garden, a Picturesque landscape,s, and many more things. So, for the future traveler who planning to visit Sylhet at a convenient time, we have selected 15 amazing places in Sylhet. The very best Sylhet tourist place at a glance
Lalakhal is the name of the place through which the river Shari flows. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sylhet. Many rivers flow from the north of Sylhet into Bangladesh from the Khasia Jaintia hills to the Bangladeshi plains. Shari is one of those rivers.
Shari’s greenish-blue water is an immediate eye-catcher. The reason for the peculiar watercolor of the river is due to the sandy river bed and the minerals carried on by the river from the hills. Along with the minerals, the water current brings in many stones, boulders, and small pebbles. The same is true for several other rivers that pass into Bangladesh through the border north of Sylhet from the Khasia Jaintia hills.
Shari River is home to a commercial stone collection that gets redirected into the country’s construction sector. Despite this situation, the water remains blue in its downstream. A tea garden and a BGB camp are visible on one side of the river bank. You can see Nazimgarh wilderness resort just on the other side of the river.
You need to travel 30 kilometers from Sylhet on the road called Tamabil highway and then you need to turn right into another smaller road in Jaintia to reach the Shari river. Another way of reaching the destination is taking a boar from the Shari Ghat on the Tamabil highway. You can stay at the Nazimgarh Wilderness resort to get a wholesome view of the Lalakhal from the windows. A mountain stream is also visible from the resort.
You can cruise through the river by boat and reach the zero point where Bangladesh’s border with India is located. The birds flowing over the river and landing at different places will also delightfully hold your attention. The green cover on both sides of the river along with the heightened riverbanks will surely mesmerize your, heart. You can save some time of your visit by exploring the tea gardens set on the side of the river.
A boat cruise through Lalakhal can be one of your most memorable experiences. The surroundings can definitely have a calming effect on the mind. You might also see some houses and large houses on the riverbanks. In the rainy seasons, the clouds gather over Lalakhal and can take on beautiful views as they seem to collide against the hills on the riverbank. A twilight view from the resort of the Lalakhal area can also leave beautiful impressions on you.
Overall Lalakhal Shari River is a magnificent site to visit and can definitely make it to the list of your places while in Sylhet.
Malonichora Tea garden: Malnicherra Tea Estate is the first tea garden in southeast Asia. This was founded in 1854 during the British period. The lush greenery garden is now operated by Sylheti Business tycoon Mr. Ragib Ali. Malnichara Tea Garden in the midst of the picturesque 1500-acre estate. Malnicherra Tea estate is a must-see in Sylhet. It is about 2 km away from Sylhet’s downtown area. Visitors can walk through and enjoy the whole tea garden with the help of the Garden’s management.
Hakaluki Haor is situated near the Assam-Bangladesh border on the eastern side of Bangladesh. The haor is spread in 5 subdistricts (Upazila): Kulaura, Juri, Baralekha, Golapgonj, and Fenchugonj. The first three Upazilas are under the Moulivibazar district and the rest are under Sylhet. A total of 181.15 square kilometer area is covered by the Haor. This huge area makes Haor Asia one of the larger wetlands. Many (Almost 238 of different sizes) depressed land surfaces, locally known as ‘beels’, are in interconnected in this Haor network. Some of these beels are perennial. During the rainy season the entirety of the Haor surface goes underwater, the total submerged area is almost 4 and a half times of the area that remains submerged in the dry season.
Many communities of people around the Haor area are dependent on the Haor for their livelihoods. More than 200,000 people live in the area surrounding the Haor.
The total interconnected beel network makes the Hakaluki haor the largest freshwater wetland in Bangladesh. The main water source of the Haor actually comes from several rivers (Juri, Sonai, Kantinala, Fanai, Kuichara, etc), some of which have originated in India.
Many aquatic life forms are found in the Haor along with many plant life. All these constitute the wetland habitat. Some of the species of plants and aquatic life are still unspecified or unknown. The Haor supports many agricultural and horticultural crops. A fast-growing species of timber is also found in this area. The variety and abundance of herbs and plant life in the Haor are really amazing. The haor is also home to many species of birds, including some endangered species.
In total, some 558 species of birds and animal species are found here. Other reptiles, amphibians, and mammals also adorn the area. Turtle, Otters, Langur, Fish Eagle, and snakes are some that at least needs to be mentioned.
For bird watchers and lovers the place has a lot to offer. Almost 417 species of birds have been identified to have spread their wings in the Haor. The variety of species of birds adds to the vitality of the Haor area. But many of the species are specified as vulnerable and almost 26 are designated as threatened species, and 10 are endangered, while 14 are considered to be critically endangered species. So, if possible, relevant conservation steps should be taken by the government. Migratory birds also join the local species in the Haor. Different types of waterfowl are also found in the Haor which adds to the overall attraction.
Overall, the Hakaluki Haor is one of the most beautiful natural sites in Bangladesh that can be accessed through Sylhet. So you can definitely keep this on your list of tourist sites to visit during your visit to Sylhet.
Tamabil possesses a naturally beautiful place in the Sylhet region. Here, a traveler might enjoy the moving stones from slopes and waterfalls. And scenery makes a magnificent delightful landscape. Tamabil shares a border with India. Tamabil is also famous for its land port.
Jaflong is one of the most visited tourist places in Bangladesh. It is also a hill station. Jaflong is located in the Gwainghat Upazila of Sylhet and sits just beside the India-Bangladesh border beside the state of Meghalaya of India. Apart from the hilly outlook of Jaflong, the place is also known for its river, stone collection tea garden, waterfalls, and the Khasi indigenous tribes. Jaflong is situated in just 60 kilometers away from Sylhet city. Jaflong Green Eco park project is contributing to maintaining the green nature reserve of the area.
River Mari flows through Jaflong and carries a lot of stones from the hills hidden under the green cover. River Mari most probably originated in the Himalayas. Local tourists especially associate Jaflong with this activity of stone collected, as used to be shown in many calendars showcasing Jaflong. Many still visit river Mari to get a glimpse of moving stones in the water.
Jaflong is also home to the Khasi tribe and the place sits just on the foothills of Khasia Hill. The Khasi Palli (village) is among the attractions sought after by tourists. The Khasi tribe has a history dating back thousands of years. The lifestyle of the Khashi tribe is especially mentionable as it follows a matrilineal system of family relations and inheritance. You might come across many betel-leaf nut plantations going through the Khasi area. The palace of the Khasia king is also a modest site to visit.
The tea gardens of Jaflong are another prominent attraction. The beautiful gardens are often arranged along the slope of small hills. The green surface of the garden is a really pretty sight to have. There are some large tree plantation sites you can visit in Jaflong, Sylhet.
You can either drive through Jaflong or take a boat cruise through the river Mari to appreciate the beauty of Jaflong. You can see the nature sites as well as stone collection in the crystal water of the river. In Dauki Bajar and Bolar ghat you can buy some local items and accessories according to your preference. You can also visit the famous hanging bridge on your boat cruise. There is a modest opportunity for hill trekking with guidance as the area is full of hills. You can visit the Jainta Rajbari located in Jaipur. You can also take a sneak peek into Lawachara National park.
Overall, Jagflong is filled with many beautiful elements. Rainfalls, a tea garden, the Mari River, and the hills of Jaflong can surely become a perfect getaway for your tourist’s heart. Therefore, Jaflong should definitely make it to the list of sites you may visit in Sylhet.
The Manipuri Rajbari is a palace of neo-classical design, located at KajirBari Bridge, Mirja jungle road of Sylhet city. Visitors will be transported back in time surrounded by antiques and rustic furnishings. This Manipuri mansion was once home to the king of Manipur, Raja Gambhir Shing & his siblings. Though it has lost a little of its Intrinsicity lack of proper care its beauty has not ended yet. The principal gate, border wall, decorated stairs, and the remnant part of Bhalakhana amazed the tourists. The Palace of Manipuri is one of the most lucrative ancient architecture in Bangladesh.
Ratargul Swamp Forest:
Ratargul Swamp Forest is the only freshwater swamp forest in Bangladesh. It is located in Gawain River, Sylhet. It is one of the very few freshwater swamp forests in the world. The total area of the swamp forest is around 3330 acres–504 of which is considered to be ‘an animal sanctuary. The swamp forest, called the Sunderbans of Sylhet, is situated 26 Kilometers away from Sylhet.
The forest is linked to the Chengir Khal and the river Gowain flows through the forest. There are some varieties of trees here, but mostly Koroch tree is found in the forest. Perhaps the species is most suited to the water of the river among the other species. Usually the water depth of the forest is 10 feet, but in the rainy, seasons, the depth can be more than 20 feet and up to 30 feet.
To reach the forest, you need to take a boat from the Gowain Ghat. Two wetlands are found in the southern portion of the forest: Shimul Beel Haor, and Neia Beel Haor.
As the forest is connected to Chengir Khal, during the rainy season water from Indian regions enters the forest through Gowain river. Sometimes the forest become overly flooded. During the rainy season, one cannot see the forest trees. On the other hand, the forest almost dries up during the winter season when the temperature drops to almost 10-12 degrees Celsius. But the area receives heavy rainfall during the rainy season, almost 4162 millimeter per year.
Almost 72 species of plants are found in the forest. The river is covered by a treetops like an umbrella, as is apparent from an aerial view of the area. During the dry season, you might come upon mongoose. Snakes are also available in the forest. Many species of birds such as Dove, Water Fowl, Eagle, Parrot, Kingfisher, etc also spreads their wings and sings in the forest.
Monsoon is the best time to visit the swamp forest. Overall, Bangladesh’s signature Ratargul freshwater swamp forest can be a treat to your heart with its magnificent beauty consisting of rivers, plants, and birds.
In recent times, the Bichnakandi area of the Gowainghat sub-district (Upazila) of Sylhet has attracted a lot of tourists. Bichanakandi is near the border between Bangladesh and India. Many geologists have opined that the area is prone to earthquakes. Nonetheless, the area attracts a lot of tourists during the peak season.
This location is formed by the surrounding Khasi Mountains. Many layers of the Khasi hills meet to form the place. And the fountains flowing through the surrounding mountains accumulate water in the area and a lake is formed. The lake is interconnected with the Piyain River of Sylhet. The rocks deposited in Bichnakandi have come with the fountain streams of the hills. There are many large-sized boulders in the area.
During the rainy season clouds cover the surrounding hills, and the area takes on a very magnificent look. The area is also a hotspot for stone collection. In winter, it is not recommended that you visit the place as you will come across many stone-carrying boats and Lorries.
Bichnakandi is some 25 kilometers away North of Sylhet City. You can either go through Sylhet-Gowainghat road and reach Hadarpur to take a boat to bichanakandi or you can take a CNG autorickshaw to reach Hadarpur.
Overall, the transparent water, stone bed, and surrounding hills give rise to a magnificent view of the place. And your experience in Bichanakand will certainly remain fresh in your memory long after you leave the place, and will certainly bring memories of calm to soothe your heart.
Hakaluki haor: Large, deeply flooded wetlands are commonly known as Haor in Bangladesh. where Hakaluki haor is one of them. visit haor mainly during the rainy season to enjoy the natural view of the waterscape. Travelers from all around the world visit Hakaluki during heavy rain in the monsoon season. Because in this season rain causes overflow of the huge waterbody and ultimately develop a magnificent natural beauty. There is a special place of biodiversity locally called ‘Pakhi ghor‘ means ‘The nest of the Birds’. Seasonal birds gather here in the swamp areas. There is also a ‘Haor Visiting Centre’ for the tourists where people will be able to know about the haor. This center helps tourist from local and abroad.
Sripur: Sripur is famous for its gushing waterfall, is a delight for wilderness lovers. Of all the things to do in Sylhet, visiting Sripur for its lush green landscape pathways is a must. Blessed with a mighty green Tea garden, Sripur offers the sights of zigzag roads & high altitude viewpoints.
Satchori National Forest: Satchari National Forest – SNP nestled in around 243 hectares of land in Raghunandan hill reserve forest. Its 60 km away from Srimangal. The Satchari is famous for its dense forest and wildlife diversity which is home to 145 species of trees, 149 species of birds, 24 species of mammals, 18 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. There are seven mountainous falls blows here. Every year, lots of local and foreign tourist visits to explore this Reserve forest.
Khadimnagar Rain forest:
Khadimnagar Rainforest is nestled on about 1,673 acres of hills and natural forest surrounded by six tea gardens. Khadimnagar boasts of diversified flora and fauna. about 217 species of plants and trees are available here. There is lots of animals & birds found everywhere inside the forest. For adventurous and trekking freak visitors this Rainforest is very much popular. Tourists can get a map of the trails of this rainforest at the entrance of the local forest office.
lawachara national park is one of the amazing places to visit in Sylhet. Lawachara Sylhet is a sanctuary for rare species of plants and animals. Visitors have the opportunity to enter the park with an entry fee. and then trail the whole Lawachera with a trained guide. lawachara national park is also known for rare flora and fauna species and marine fossils. lawachera is a hotspot of biodiversity in srimangal district.
Rema Kalenga Reserve Forest:
Rema Kalenga is the largest natural forest Followed by Sundarbans Mangrove in Bangladesh. It is also located in the sreemangal districts of Sylhet. In fact, Rema & Kalenga both are two separate forests and both are very close. A natural lake is blowing through these forests.
A place blessed by Meghalayan hill becomes a tourist place in this region. Apart from that Dolura martyrs memorial is a must visiting a place where 48 freedom fighters are resting in peace since our Independence. A land port with India is on processing at Dolura. Dolura Land port will start its work very soon.
Bholagonj’s Scenic Beauty surely mesmerized any traveler. Bholagong Sylhet, an amazing tourist place in Sylhet, is covered with white stone. Which attracts new-generation travelers. This is much more famous for the largest stone quarry in Bangladesh and which is surrounded by hills, rivers, and waterfalls. Dholai River is an additional bonus attraction for visitors who come to volagonj Sylhet.
one of the most beautiful rivers which is commonly known as the Blue water river. The jadukata river is look exactly similar to the great Shomeswari and Shari Rivers. Jadukata river originated from the Meghalaya Hills of India and entered Bangladesh. Jadukata river is located in Laurergorh under Tahirpur Upazilla of Sunamgonj District. The Crystral clear water of the Jadukata river flows beside the beautiful hill name ” Bariker Tilla “.
Sylhet is one of the most visited places in Bangladesh. The tourist attractions in Sylhet tempt, pleases, and most significantly grant unforgettable experiences. In fact, This district is home to some of the most magnificent natural sites in the country. The sites mentioned in this piece has been favorite for many tourists visiting Sylhet over the years. Certainly, the magnificence of Ratargul or Bichanakandi or Lalakhal, etc cannot be missed once you step into those places. So to soothe your yearning for travel to pristine natural sites, you can definitely consider visiting these places in Sylhet.
Advice: While traveling to Sylhet tourist place area, it is wise to keep with you some snacks, pure water, extra light clothes or a swimming costume(in some cases), first aid materials, electronic device to capture photos of yourselves & beauty of nature, and other basic necessary things. But remember, don’t put dirty things, plastic and other waste in nature and make the tourist place uncleaned.