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Ratargul Swamp Forest

Ratargul Swamp Forest is a freshwater swamp forest located in Gowain River, Fatehpur Union, Gowainghat, Sylhet, Bangladesh. It is the only swamp forest located in Bangladesh and one of the few freshwater swamp forests in the world. The forest is naturally conserved under the Department of Forestry, Government of Bangladesh.

You can never imagine how silence could be so enjoyable until you visit the amazing beauty of a swamp forest named Ratargul. Visitors will find a forest underwater with lots of big trees that have emerged. This is an evergreen forest and one of the best freshwater swamp forests in the world. The beauty of this forest is fully bloomed in the rainy season, but never dull at other times. So don\'t miss the opportunity to spend some time in the forest and make the time enjoyable and memorable in your life.

Its area is 3, 325.61 acres including 504 acres declared as the animal sanctuary in 2015. It is known as the Sundarbans of Sylhet. This only swamp forest in Bangladesh is located 26 kilometers (16 mi) far from Sylhet. The forest's name comes from the word, "Rata" or "Pati" tree, used by the locals of Sylhet.

The evergreen forestis situated by the river Goain and linked with the channel Chengir Khal. Most of the trees growing here are the Millettia pinnata . The forest is submerged under 20–30 feet water in the rainy season. For the rest of the year, the water level is about 10 feet deep. Ratargul is known as “Sundarban of Sulhet”

 

How To Go

 

Transportation: From Dhaka by road, rail or air to Sylhet and from there by any vehicle can be easily reached. From Sylhet city to Sylhet railway station or Kadamtali bus stand by CNG / autorickshaw will take about 1.30 hours. Distance: Distance from Kadamtali bus stand is 26 km.