Rijuk Waterfall is situated in the Ruma upazilla, sub-district of Bandarban. Rijuk Waterfall lies 66 kilometres southeast from Bandarban town. The water of the Rijuk Waterfall falls into the Sangu River from about 300 feet high. Water continuously keeps on falling with tremendous force, especially in the rainy season, and the sound of the waterfall is impressive to hear.
AT A GLANCE Name: Rijuk Waterfall Location: Rijuk Waterfall, Bandarban,Bangladesh Destination: Dhaka to Bandarban. Transport: Shamoli Paribahan, Hanif Enterprise, Year-71 etc bus services from Fakirapul, Saydabad , Kalampur, Panthopath etc. Fair: BDT 350 to 800(Dhaka to Bandarban) Time: 9-10 Hours Explore: Rijuk Waterfall, Bandarban, Bangladesh Distance: 66 kilometer southeast from Bandarban town. Cost: Depend to coverage tourists spots. Accommodation: Hotels ,Government rest house ,Cottages etc available (Bandarban or Ruma Bazaar and rest for the night). Food: Available. Advice: Keep dry foods, water, medicines, saline, glucose, extra money, and kits.
A transcendental aura fills the area surrounding the Rijuk Waterfall. Green trees and the bodies of big hills and mountains surround the Rijuk Waterfall, and tourists can directly go and stand under the waterfall and have a shower and a fantastic experience together. It is best to visit this place in monsoon season to witness the unique beauty of nature. Words might seem a bit cliched when describing the natural aspects of Rijuk Waterfall, but tourists who have visited will know, and who will visit will surely know, that Rijuk Waterfall is a place to experience rather than describe. Nature will seem very close, right under one’s nose in fact, for those who will visit Rijuk Waterfall.
How to visit Rijuk Waterfall
From Dhaka, tourists will find a direct bus which will take them to Bandarban. Various bus services at different areas in Dhaka are available. For example, Shamoli Paribaahan, Saudia Paribahan, S Alam Paribahan, Dolphin Service etc. are available in areas such as Rajarbag, Dhanmondi, Syedabad, Fakirapool etc. Some transport bus service leaves for Bandarban from Dhaka every night. The route of reaching to Bandarban from Dhaka is via Chittagong. The cost of bus tickets from Dhaka to Bandarban is around 550 taka to 800 taka. In Fikarapool and Gabtoli especially there are buses which depart for Bandarban every night from Dhaka.
After reaching Bandarban tourists will have to visit the town of Ruma sub-district by public bus or hiring jeep or “Chander Gari” and will have to go to Ruma Ghat, Ruma riverside, by the same vehicle and start their journey on the Sangu River by boats which are available on the Ruma Ghat. The boats which take tourists to Rijuk Waterfall are locally known as “Ree Shong Shong”. These boats are propelled boats, and they take around 500 taka. The boat will directly take the tourists in front of the Rijuk Waterfall, and tourists can take a shower in the river spot, relax and see the marvelous waterfall and the natural view which surrounds the place.
The journey from Ruma Ghat to Rijuk Waterfall is a boat journey and requires no hiking or trekking. However, for adventurous tourists, there are opportunities to trek all the way to the top of the waterfall. One thing to note is that the boat journey from Ruma Ghat to Rijuk Waterfall is not allowed after 4 pm in summer and 3:30 pm in winter. The water of the Sangu River in the journey path to Rijuk Waterfall is 2.5 to 4 feet deep so tourists will have no tension of drowning, and the boat journey also offers some splendid sightseeing of the Sangu River area. While visiting Rijuk Waterfall, tourists will have an exposure of the raw Bandarban and its subliminal splendour.
Living Accommodations and Food facilities in Rijuk Waterfall
There are, up until now, no accommodation regarding food and living facilities in the area surrounding Rijuk Waterfall. In Ruma Bazaar and also in Bandarban town there are hotels, there are hotels of a wide range of services and with a wide range of price. Tourists can spend the whole day at Rijuk Waterfall and before nightfall come back to Bandarban or Ruma Bazaar and rest for the night.
Similarly, in case of food there is hitherto no food service available in Rijuk Waterfall area and for tourists who want to spend the whole day in Rijuk must bring with them food and drinking water. There are many restaurants and food shops in Ruma bazaar and Bandarban town. However, people living in Ruma can find many attractive cottages build by the local tribal communities within their range and here there are also facilities within a wide price range. These people also offer local foods which are unique and very good in taste and also healthy.
One small tip of advice for the tourists would be not to throw any artificial items on water such as chip’s packet, plastic bottles etc. It contaminates the natural beauty of the place which is a means to survival for many local communities.