The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Karimganj
Karimganj in Assam is the perfect getaway if you are seeking serenity from your normal life. If you are thinking about visiting any offbeat places, then karimganj is the perfect destination for you. This town is surrounded by two rivers Kushiyara and Longai. The lush greenery around the town gives your picturesque views. Don’t forget to carry your camera because here you can go for nature walks and bird watching too.
Karimganj district shares a border with Bangladesh. Karimganj not only offers you the beauty of nature, but it also has a rich history and culture.
How to Reach
- BY AIR
The nearest airport is Kumbhirgram located in Silchar, a distance of about 85 km.
- BY RAIL
Karimganj Junction and New Karimganj Junction is the nearest railway station to the district, located about a few kms from the town.
- BY ROAD
This small town is easily connected to other cities of the state via a network of well-maintained roads. One can use the state transport buses, private bus or hire a cab.
Best Time to Visit
Early October to late February is best to visit in winter. The temperature drops up to 10 degrees and you can enjoy the chilled weather here.
Place to stay
Located 2 km away from the city centre. It is a 3 storey hotel with 34 well-furnished rooms. Some of the best in-room amenities include a refrigerator, HD television, wardrobe, separate seating area, air-conditioner and an attached bathroom with a hot and cold water facility.
You can dine in at the in-house restaurant which cooks some delicious food.
Places to Visit
Son Beel can be easily accessible, which is around 43 km away with a driving time of 1 hour.
It is said Son Beel is the second-largest seasonal wetland in Asia and the largest wetland in Assam. It is one of the most attractive tourist places near Karimganj.
The amazing fact about Son Beel is, it becomes farmland for rice cultivation during the winter season till the end of March. Then in the rainy season landfills with water and becomes a lake. The lesser depth of the lake makes it overflow during the rainy season and the water meets Kushira River through Kakra River and flows to Bangladesh.
The amazing thing to do here is visiting mesmerizing seasonal wetland is house to many Hizol trees, which gives a wonderful view around the lake.
The fort is located in the district and it is one of the important tourist monument. The Badarpur fort was built in the Mughal era and it was part of Sylhet district, presently located in northeast Bangladesh.
The fort is situated on the banks of the river Barak, so it gives a picturesque view of the river. The fort is spread in a wide area and the entry is through the main gate, which is still standing. Most of the part of the fort is ruins but the massive restoration work is going to attract more tourists. It is a must-visit site in Karimganj.
Malegarh Crematorium a reminder of the past and considered a historic place. More than 50 brave soldiers who lost their lives during the revolt were cremated here. It served as a battlefield during the 1857 sepoy mutiny. Before the Independence of India, This place was under the Sylhet district of Bangladesh.
Kancha Kanti Devi Temple
Located 60 km away from the town, Sri Kancha Kanti Devi temple is a very famous temple around here. People believe that It is a strong local deity temple. The temple is dedicated to Kancha Kanti Devi, a goddess who is the fused representation of Kali and Durga.
It is believed, the temple was built in 1806 by a kachari king, who received a command to build the temple in a dream by the deity. Later on, many years ago the temple was destroyed in a natural calamity and now what we see now is a new temple.
One can go for nature trails and hiking around here. The range starts from the southeastern border of the district of Karimganj, forms the district’s border on the eastern side with Hailakandi District. The highest point of the chhatachura peak summit is 2087 ft. Saraspur is the middle section peak and it is 1000 ft high. The smallest peak is Badarpur at 500 ft altitude.
Eolabari Tea Estate
Located 15 km away from the town, this best gateway place to lighten and relaxed. You cannot miss this scenic tea estate, it is full of greenery around. You can experience tea plantation here and buy some tea for your home.
Around the Karimganj, there are several hill ranges. The famous ones are Adamail and Duhalia range and the hills are surrounded by the river Kushiyara and Longai, So it gives a picturesque view. The scenic train route passing from the Karimganj stretch to 162 km. The route has 585 bridges, 37 tunnels and more than 600 curves. It is totally recommended to tourist to take a train ride in winter and experience the beauty of Barak valley with lush greenery and pleasing water streams.
Written by Dhawal Goshar