Khao Khitchakut National Park
|Khao Khitchakut National Park|
View from above Krathing Falls
|Location||Chanthaburi Province, Thailand|
|Area||59 km2 (23 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation|
Khao Khitchakut National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาคิชฌกูฏ) is a national park in Chanthaburi Province, Thailand. Home to waterfalls and forests, the park is also the site of a venerated Buddha footprint.
Khao Khitchakut National Park is located 28 kilometres (17 mi) northeast of Chanthaburi town in Khao Khitchakut District. The park's area is 59 square kilometres (23 sq mi). The highest point is Khao Phra Bat peak at 1,085 metres (3,560 ft). The park, one of Thailand's smallest national parks, borders the much larger Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary.
On 4 May 1977, Khao Khitchakut was designated Thailand's 14th National Park.
The Khao Phra Bat mountaintop is the site of a Buddha footprint and is an important religious place for Thai Buddhists. During the time around the Magha Puja holiday (in February or March) large numbers of visitors make the pilgrimage here. Also on Khao Phra Bat peak there are rock formations to which the shapes of various objects have been attributed: a pagoda, a monk's alms bowl, a turtle and an elephant.
The park's largest waterfall is Krathing, a waterfall of 13 separate levels, intersecting nature trails at various levels. These falls are fed by the Chanthaburi River. Other park waterfalls include Changsay and Klong Piboon.
Flora and fauna
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