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Bangladesh isn’t known as a tourist destination, but it’s an exciting place to visit for those who like adventure. It’s practically one huge river delta, with the famous Sundarbans as main attraction.
The coast of Bangladesh is no less than 575 kilometers long, and runs along the Gulf of Bengal. Several big rivers flow into the Bay of Bengal here, such as the Ganges (locally known as Padma) and the Brahmaputra (locally known as Jamuna) which meet the river Meghna, and they all have many branches.
The rivers pick up a lot of sediment and minerals along the way, which makes the land very fertile. But it’s also subject to many floods, as well as draughts.
You can find Bangladesh’s only hills in the southeast, near the border with Myanmar. The highest ‘mountain’ is the Keokradong, reaching 1.230 in height.
The most famous attraction in Bangladesh is the Sundarbans, known as the largest river delta in the world, which is home to the endangered Bengal tiger. The largest part of this area is in Bangladesh, and about a third of it is in India.
But inland from the delta, Bangladesh also boasts a rich area with rainforest creatures, which live off the bamboo forests in the northeast and swamp mangroves to the south.
Other famous places in Bangladesh are the ancient city of mosques, Bagerhat, and the ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur.
Another well-known attraction are the Chittagong hills in the Sylhet Vibhag area, and Cox’s Bazar, south of Chittagong, which is the world’s longest natural beach.