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The Sundarbans Reserve Forest (SRF), located in the south-west of Bangladesh between the river Baleswar in the East and the Harinbanga in the West, adjoining to the Bay of Bengal, is the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world. Lying between latitude 21° 27′ 30″ and 22° 30′ 00″ North and longitude 89° 02′ 00″ and 90° 00′ 00″ East and with a total area of 10,000 km2, 60% of the property lies in Bangladesh and the rest in India. The land area, including exposed sandbars, occupies 414,259 ha (70%) with water bodies covering 187,413 ha (30%).
The three wildlife sanctuaries in the south cover an area of 139,700 ha and are considered core breeding areas for a number of endangered species. Situated in a unique bioclimatic zone within a typical geographical situation in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal, it is a landmark of ancient heritage of mythological and historical events. Bestowed with magnificent scenic beauty and natural resources, it is internationally recognized for its high biodiversity of mangrove flora and fauna both on land and water.
The immense tidal mangrove forests of Bangladeshs’ Sundarbans Forest Reserve, is in reality a mosaic of islands of different shapes and sizes, perennially washed by brackish water shrilling in and around the endless and mind-boggling labyrinths of water channels. The site supports exceptional biodiversity in its terrestrial, aquatic and marine habitats; ranging from micro to macro flora and fauna. The Sundarbans is of universal importance for globally endangered species including the Royal Bengal Tiger, Ganges and Irawadi dolphins, estuarine crocodiles and the critically endangered endemic river terrapin (Batagur baska). It is the only mangrove habitat in the world for Panthera tigris tigris species.
Birishiri is located at Shushong Durgapur Thana of the Netrokona District about 175 km north from Dhaka. It’s a wonderful place with river, garo, ceramic hills, small mountains and the green countryside.
The main attraction of Birishiri is the ceramic hill of Durgapur and the picturesque landscape along the Shomeshwari River. It’s not only blessed by the above, is also reach in ethnic culture as there are many ethnic groups like – Hajong, Garo, Achik and Mandi etc lives here.
There is also an ethnic museum at Birishiri. Birishiri is situated at the Bangladesh India border. The best way to get in here is by road. You will find direct bus to Birishiri from Mohakhali bus stand at Dhaka and it takes 5 hours to get there. The last 30 km road from Somganj to Birisiri is not well constructed. But if you take Mymenshing- Netrokona-Kalmakanda-Durgapur rout (it takes 6 hours from Dhaka) the roads are ok. Rickshw/Auto is the only transport to go around. Nearly all local roads are muddy. It is advised to visit the tourists spot in rickshaws as the pullers know all the places very well and it is not possible for a new comer to find these tourists spots by themselves.
Now a days some guest houses and hotels are available at Birisiri and Durgapur. But upto now it is not at per standard. Rates are reseanable. Fooding is also a problem in Birisiri. You will not find any standard hotel there. Still you will have a nice memories of its magnetic natural beauties when you will come back from there.