Nijhum Dwip — the island of silence and tranquillity where thousands of deer roam — is under Hatiya Upazila of Noakhali district.
This virgin new island of Nijhum Dwip raised on the estuary of the great Meghna channel in the mouth of The Bay of Bengal. This newly accredited island may be called as cluster of islands consist of more than 4-5 small islands like Char Osman, Char Kamla, Corner of Char Osman and isolated from the mainland by Hatia channel.
The island is rich in splendid natural beauties. A charming nature and quiet environment justifies the name of the island. The flamboyant beauty of the island is almost unblemished for expedition.
Once called as Char Osman, Nijhum will relieve the travellers of monotonous and tensed life.
If you did not visit there yet, you have surely missed something in life. Life really happens there. The island has similarities with mangrove Sundarbans and Saint Martin’s Island. Travellers can enjoy breathtaking sunrise and sunset from the island.
Having an area of 16,352 hactare land, the island has a 20 kilometer long sandy and grassy beach alongside forests with deep blue water of the Bay of Bengal.
Department of Forest of the government has created artificial mangrove forests there. The main attraction of the island is the herd of spotted deer. It was learnt that, during 1978, four pairs of spotted deer were released in the island and now there are around 7000 deer population in the island.
Apart of spotted deer there are monkeys, buffalos, snakes and 35 species of birds among the wild animals, which made the island attractive for the tourists. Moreover during winter thousands of migratory birds come here to add more color to its natural beauty. Among the guest birds are Heron, Ducks, Egret, Cormorant and Ibis as their food like oysters of various natures and snails can be seen aplenty.
In 2001, the Bangladesh government declared the natural Nijhum forest as National Park. The Nijhum Dwip National Park was originally proposed as a Sanctuary for the conservation of a wide variety of waterfowl, including the migratory shore birds, and a large number of mammals.
How to go
Every day two launches leave capital’s Sadarghat boat terminal towards Hatiya’s Tajumuddi Ghat. It takes almost 14 hours to reach there. From Tajumuddi, travellers have to reach Moktariar Char Ghat by taxi or local bus. Then it will depend on tidal situation to cross the river between Char Moktaria and Nijhum Dwip.