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Tea Plantation in Bangladesh


Tea Plantation in BangladeshBangladesh produces and exports a large quantity of high quality tea. Most of the tea plantations are situated in the northeastern areas of the country, around Sylhet and Srimongal. Sylhet is situated close to Bangladesh’s border with the Indian states of Meghalaya and Assam. This part of the country is covered by hillocks rising to moderate heights. The rainfall is higher than average, a fact which British tea planters realised in the 18th century to the advantage of tea cultivation. These conditions have provided rich tropical forests with many species of wildlife, scented orange groves and pineapple plantations. It is also the home of Khashia and Monipuri tribals.

The waterfalls of Madhab Kunda are another very picturesque place to visit. Jafflong, where the river runs along the border between Bangladesh and India is especially beautiful. On the way there are number of ‘haors’ or marshy wetlands, which are natural, depressed swamps holding water almost the whole year round. They are home to many fish and thousands of local and migratory birds.

Srimongal is about 70 km south of Sylhet. It is ‘the capital of tea’. Most of the tea plantations are centered here, which is the main attraction of the region. There is also a Tea Research Institute, which is open to visitors. A high percentage of tribal people add to this areas attraction. The other main attraction is the ”Lawachara” forest, only few kilometers away from Srimongal, where you can see Hornbills, White-Browed Gibbons and many other animals.

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