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Off the Beaten Track
Chittagong Hill Tracts
Untypical of Bangladesh in topography and culture, the Chittagong Hill Tracts have steep jungle hills, Buddhist tribal peoples and low density population. The tracts are about 60km (37mi) east of Chittagong, and if it weren't for the troubles in the region they would be an idyllic place to visit.
The region is a mass of hills, ravines and cliffs covered with dense jungle. It has four main valleys formed by the Karnapuli, Feni, Shangu and Matamuhur rivers. Unfortunately, the region is not entirely safe because of military operations to subdue the tribes' Shanti Bahini (Peace Army).
Puthia has the largest number of historically important Hindu structures in Bangladesh. The most amazing of the village's monuments is the Govinda Temple, which was erected between 1823 and 1895 by one of the maharanis of the Puthia estate.
It's a large square structure crowned by a set of miniature ornamental towers. It's covered by incredibly intricate designs in terracotta depicting scenes from Hindu epics, which give it the appearance of having been draped by a huge red oriental carpet.
St Martin Island
This small coral island about 10km (6mi) southwest of the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical cliche, with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful marine life. Until recently there was nothing more strenuous to do here than soak up the rays.
But as the island's tourist potential is
becoming recognised a new diving business has opened. It's possible to
walk around the island in a day because it measures only 8 sq km (3 sq
mi), shrinking to about 5 sq km (2 sq mi) during high tide.
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