Lawachara National Park (Tropical Rain Forest)
Lawachara is a reserved forest in Moulvi Bazar district in Bangladesh. It was established as Lawachara National Park on July 7 in 1996 under the wildlife act 1974. Lawachara National Park covers 1250 hectors in core zone (27.4 squire kilometers) in west Vanugach reserved forest. There is 1450 hectors more in buffer zone. Subsequently this park is acquaintance as a part of Sreemangal. Lawachara National Park is familiar as Tropical Rain Forest too. Because it has the tropical, subtropical coniferous trees and various deciduous trees. It is a mixed evergreen forest with medicine plants.
Lawachara National Park: You can see several kinds of monkey, rare species gibbon (Ulluk), nature, film spot of world famous American movie named around the world in 80 days, rare tree African Teak Oak, Khasia tribe living in deep forest, bird watching, trekking tour and hiking in the streams. Therefore you can go from Sreemangal and Kamalgonj to Lawachara tropical forest to enjoy the forest.
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There are tall trees in upper level as Podocarpus, Swetenia, Africal teak, Ficus, Artocarpus, Chaplasha, Tectona grandis, Hopea Odorata, Tetrameles, Toona ciliata, Pygenum etc in Lawachara National Park.
In undergrowth, there are several kinds of bamboos, ferns and other plants. Besides some plants in this forest are in use for medicine purpose. A kind of plant makes fish senseless if it is in water. So people use this plant in the streams to catch fish easily. Some plants are used as medicine locally for cough, jaundice, stop bleeding and treating cut on the body.
Lawachara forest with biological mixture has 460 species of plants, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal and insects. To illustrate, one of these is critically endangered species western gibbon. Till 2020, 70 individuals of this gibbon Ulluk live in this forest.
There are animals pig tailed macaques, slow loris, rhesus macaques, capped languors, Assamese macaques, Phayre’s leaf monkeys, golden jackals, fishing cat, clouded leopard, wild pigs, barking deer, Indian giants squirrels and flying squirrels. Therefore, tourists can find these things if they trek in the forest for long time in appropriate time with a local professional tour guide. Local Eco Guide also can spot out some specific places of their movement.
Facilities and activities in Lawachara National Park
- Half an hour walking tour: This is the shortest walking tour in open path. In this path you can walk on main entrance and a narrow path. If no crowd, you may see several type of monkeys and Gibbon. It is good for walking through nature.
- One hour walking tour: It covers area longer than half an hour through open walking path including a tribal village. You can also use only jungle path for one hour walking.
- Two hour walking tour: If you choose a two hour tour, you can do on your choice as walking through jungle path and visit a tribal village or only jungle walk.
- Three hour hiking trip: It can be hiking through fully jungle, hills and stream. Alongside you can add tribal village visit.
- Souvenir shops and Tea Shop of Srimangal
- Seven color tea stall
- Wash room
- Shades (mushroom) to sit
- Khasia Tribal community
- Secured for tourists (Tourists Police)
- Transport available from town
- Entry fee for Bangladeshi tourists- Tk 50 for adult and Tk 20 for student.
- Entry fee for foreigners- Tk 500
- Parking fee- Tk 30
- Film activities- per day about – Tk 7,000
- Package tour
- Hire an Eco guide
- You can look for more tour information for Srimongol, Madhabpur lake and Satchari run by Orient Tourism Channel
Note: To get better service in Lawachara national park, you must book an Eco tour guide in advance that he is fully professional and experienced in this field.