Travel Bangladesh :Barishal Division

Barisal division is in the south west part of Bangladesh, has an area of 13297 sq. km and a population of 8.11 million. There are 6 districts and 22 municipalities under Barisal. It is a revering area. Barishal is a Division of rivers and canals. It is also famous for gardens of coconut trees. You will find thousands of coconut trees throughout Barishal Division. Kuakata is the main tourist spot in the division. In Barishal town you can visit Durga Sagor - a beautiful Dighi where lot of guest birds comes every winter season. This is also a beautiful park where you can spend your leisure time by roaming around the park and watching the birds.

Main Tourist Spots in Barishal Division :

:: Kuakata

Kuakata, locally known as Sagar Kannya (Daughter of the Sea) is a rare scenic beauty spot on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. Kuakata in Latachapli union under Kalapara Police Station of Patuakhali district is about 30 km in length and 6 km in breadth. It is 70 km from Patuakhali district headquarters and 320 km from Dhaka.

[Kuakata Seabeach]

At Kuakata excellent combination of the picturesque natural beauty, sandy beach, blue sky, huge expanse of water of the Bay and evergreen forest in really eye-catching. From its seashore you can watch both sunrise and sunset. The coconut trees increase the scenic beauty of this seashore.

The main tourist season is in winter but all over the year tourists visit this place. In Kuaka you can visit the life style of tribe Rakhains, who are very friendly to the tourist and visitors.

You can visit Buddhist Temple where you can see the statue of Goutom Buddha and two wells of 200 years old. Local name of the well is Kua and Kata is a local name of digging a well; so was the name Kuakata. Fisherman village is another place where you can visit and watch the lifestyle of the Fisherman.

[Rakhain Girl at Kuakata]

If you are adventurous you may also go for fishing on the fishing boat if you can manage the local fishermen. That will give you pleasure and experience, which you won’t be able to gather from anywhere else. In the fishermen village you will find the fishermen coming back from the fishing and you can purchase some fresh Hilsha fish from them, and by the side of village there are some local restaurants from where you can get the Hilshas cooked and ready for eating. You will remember the wonderful taste of the fresh Hilshas of Kuakata for a long time. From Kuakata you can visit to a part of the great Sundarban forest, which is called Gangamoti Reserve Forest. Don’t forget to visit Fatra’s Chor another tourist place nearby Kuakata.

Kuakata is one of the rarest places, which has the unique beauty of offering the full view of the rising and setting of crimson sun in the water of the Bay of Bengal in a calm environment. That perhaps makes Kuakata one of the world's unique beaches. The long and wide beach at Kuakata has a typical natural setting. This sandy beach has gentle slopes into the Bay of Bengal and bathing there is as pleasant as is walking or diving.

[Sunrise at Kuakata]

Kuakata is truly a virgin beach-a sanctuary for migratory winter birds, a series of coconut trees, sandy beach of blue Bay, a feast for the eye. Forest, boats plying in the Bay of Bengal with colorful sails, fishing, towering cliffs, surfing waves everything here touches every visitor's heart. The unique customs and costumes of the 'Rakhyne' tribal families and Buddhist Temple of about hundred years old indicate the ancient tradition and cultural heritage, which are objects of great pleasure Kuakata is the place of pilgrimage of the Hindus and Buddhist communities. Innumerable devotees arrive here at the festival of 'Rush Purnima' and 'Maghi Purnima'.

On these two days they take holy bath and traditional fairs are held here. All these additional offers to panoramic beauty make the beach more attractive to the visitors. One should visit Kuakata and discover the lovely grace of Bangladesh.

Means of Communication: There exists road communication between Dhaka and Patuakhali district headquarters. Accessible by road, water or air transport up to Barisal. Then one may travel by road or water to Kuakata or Patuakhali. From Dhaka you can go to Patuakhali by bus & from there by microbus to Kuakata. It is advisable to go Patuakhali by launch, which is an overnight journey, and you can enjoy the unique beauty of Bangladesh Rivers at nighttime during this journey. Instead of Potuakhali you can go to Khepupara by launch, which is also an overnight journey and from Khepupara you can go to Kuakata by microbus. A direct BRTC bus service is also available from Dhaka to Kuakata that leaves from Sayedabad Bus terminal at night takes 12 hours to reach Kuakata. But it might be a hectic bus journey as a number of ferries are there on the way to Kuakata by road. BRTC has introduced direct bus service from Dhaka to Kuakata via Barisal.

Where to stay: There are some hotel and motels in Kuakata where you can stay, but Holiday Homes is the best place to stay in Kuakata. It is a motel of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and its better if you confirm your booking from Dhaka in advance.

:: Horinghata

Horinghata is located in the southern area of Bangladesh’s Barisal division. It is, in fact, the most tour worthy place of Borguna district of Barisal. Exploring the place with the friendly deers roaming around is a splendid experience. Traveling to the place has become easier after the airport of Barisal was built.

Bir Sreshtho Mostafa Kamal Memorial Museum

Bir Sreshtho Mostafa Kamal won the national courageous award for his bravery during the liberation war of Bangladesh. His fatherland is situated in Barisal division’s Bhola distric. So, the museum of his namesake is situated in Bhola, the fatherland of the martyr. The memorial museum reserves different historical arts and photographs of Bangladesh.

The memorial consists a library with a various collection of books and an auditorium worth exploring. There are restrooms near the place where the travelers can rest after visiting the place, Khamarbari Reston House is a popular rest house of the place. It is without a doubt a captivating place to visit for the travelers who have a fascination about war histories.

Kirtypasha Palace

Ramijibon Sen; the founder of the place has named the palace after King Kirty Narayana. The name of the village where the palace is situated also goes by the name of the king. Being situated in the Jhalokathi district, it is, in fact, a major tourist attraction of the place.

The village is 5 kilometers away from the center of Jalakathi Town, so, getting the transport assistance of CNG or the transport facility of that place would be a great decision to go for. Visiting this antique palace will definitely take the travelers back to the early age. On the other hand, as the palace is at a ramshackle circumstance right now, it is quite crucial to pay it a visit before it is developed again with a new design.

Wonder Kingdom:

Wonder Kingdom is one of the most visited amusement parks in entire Barisal and it is popular for its variant rides. After long journeys along with the nature of Barisal, the children might feel bored. Wonder Kingdom is the perfect place to take the children for uplifting the enjoyment of the vacation.

The park is situated in the Char Noabad of Bhola district. Visiting the amusement park and going through all the rides might take a whole day and after that rest is mandatory, so, there are different hotels near the place such as Hotel Z International, Hotel Ahsan, and Hotel Jahan.

Bell’s Park:

Being the most exuberant and lively playground of Barisal district it is, in fact, the most visited park as well. It has been more than 2 centuries since the park was constructed as it was built in the year 1896. The place was renamed as Bangabandhu Udayan later.

Previously, the park had a sewer, later with the efficient architects and designers, it was changed into a mesmerizing lake. Evening to before dusk is the best time to visit the place. Travelers can also enjoy playing different sports with the local people of that area.

Laldiar Bon and Sea Beach

Laldiar Bon and Sea Beach stands for, the forest and sea beach of Laldia. So, the spot consists a beautiful forest and the great sea beach both. It is definitely the predominant attraction of the Patharghata sub-district. With the sea breeze and clear air near the beach, it is a great combination, which leads to a glorious experience.

Laldiar Bon and Sea Beach is situated in the Barguna District’s southern area. The spot is alongside Haringhata, so, it’s a must to visit there when a traveler is Haringhata. The beach and the forest does not consume a large area but it still never fails to dazzle the travelers with the natural beauty.

Monpura Islands:

Monpura Islands is amongst the most famous islands of Bangladesh it is at the end of of the Meghna River and also in the northern area of the Bay of Bengal. The chirps of the birds is what this islands is extremely famous for, specially during the winter season, as foreign birds migrate to this place.

Monpura Islands is situated in the Bhola district. It is without a doubt one of the main attraction of Bhola. What makes this islands extremely unique and worth visiting is that the travelers will be able to see the sunset and sunrise from the same place.

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