Manikchhari Upazila (Khagrachari district) with an area of 391.71 sq km, is surrounded by Ramgarh upazila on the north,Fatkhcharri upazila on the south and west, Lakhsmichari upazila on the east.
Main rivers are Manikchhari and Dhurang.
Manikchhari (Town) consists of one mouza. It has an area of 75.11 sq km. The town has a population of 21132; male 52.83% and female 47.17%; population density per sq km 281. Literacy rate among the town people is 24.5%.
Administration Manikchhari thana, now an upazila, was established in 1976. The upazila consists of 2 union parishads, 11 mouzas and 120 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Mung Rajbari (built about 150 years ago), Sindukchhari Pond.
Population 38479; male 52.02%, female 47.98%; Muslim 63.58%, Hindu 9.63%; Buddhist 26.05%, Christian 0.07%, others 0.67%.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 20.4%; male 28.7% and female 11.9%.
Educational institutions: college 1, high school 2 and primary school 50.
Cultural organisations Public library 1, cinema hall 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 42.38%, agricultural labourer 27.56%, wage labourer 5.4%, commerce 6.81%, service 5.91%, others 11.94%.
Land control The Mung Sardar Family owns 810 hectares of land through permanent settlement, government owns rest of the land. However, there are lands under private settlements; in that case one can only enjoy but cannot become owner of land.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is approximately Tk 5000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, corn, mastered, potato, ginger, turmeric, etc.
Main fruits Banana, jackfruit, lemon, pineapple, Traditional transport Bullock cart (nearly extinct).
Manufactories Saw mill, rice mill, flour mill, etc. Cottage industries Weaving, potteries, tailoring, wood work, etc.
Main hat-bazar Manikchhari Bazar.
Main exports Banana, jackfruit, ginger, turmeric, vegetables, bamboo, cane, wood etc.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1.