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  • Cox's Bazar

     

     

    Cox's Bazar

     

    Introduction

    Golden sands - miles after miles, overlooked by genteel cliffs and awash with foaming waves, colorful conch shells, ponderous pagodas, delicious seafood- this is Cox's Bazar. The sea-side tourist township of Bangladesh boasting the world's longest (120km) unbroken beach sloping gently down into the blue water of the Bay of Bengal- Cox's Bazar is one of the most attractive tourist spots of the country.

    To north of Cox's Bazar is Chittagong and the hill districts of Bandarban and Khagrachhari, to the east is Myanmar, to the west and south is the Bay of Bengal.

    History

    Ancient name of Cox's Bazar was Bakoli, Mid-seventeenth's name was PENGWA. The Rakhyne word PENGWA means yellow flower. Burmese King Monwaing attacked Cox's Bazar in 1784. He killed the Arakanese King Thamada and took control of the area. So the Arakanese left the area to take shelter in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and Patuakhali. The Government of the then East India Company appointed Captain Hiram Cox as Superintendent and assigned him to rehabilitate the Arakanese refugees. On arrival there in 1799, he defeated the Burmese king in a battle and rehabilitated the Arakanese refugees. After the war, he set up a bazar (market) in that place which was named as Cox's Bazar after him.

    Total Area : 2491.86 sq. km Population : About 2.2 million


    Cox's Bazar - A Tourist Paradise

    The flamboyant township at the head of a 120 km long beach with lines of fancy shops on either sides of Cox's Bazar main road, calm and peaceful Khyangs and Pagodas, Rakhyne quarters, fish harbour of Kostura Ghat, the sights of the rising sun behind the hills and setting of it into the Bay of Bengal- all together gives the aura of a fairy land- a tourist paradise.

    Inani: Lovesome patches of beaches perched between the sea and the hills behind, some 30 km down south along the sea-front from Cox's Bazar, Inani is a quiet tourist hideout set out in the exuberance of nature. Reachable by public transport plying between Cox's Bazar- Teknaf and by four wheel jeeps driving along the beach.

    Himchhari: A beauty spot in the solitude of the sea and the hills. About four and a half km southeast from Cox's Bazar along the beach. A four wheeled beach drive during low tide hours or part of the way on donkey or elephant back and the remainder afoot would be a rewarding memory.

    Attractions around Cox's Bazar

    Ramu

    A small Buddist village Ramu is 15 km away from Cox's Bazar. Attractions include ancient Buddist temple and Khyang, Ramkot Bonashram, Tirthadham, rubber gardens, Buddhist locality Red Chin Khyang, White Chin Khyang, Jhorkhyang. Ramu is half an hour bus ride from Cox's Bazar. Taxi and minibus are available too.

     

    Moheshkhali

    An island in the Bay in the.north western direction off Cox's Bazar. The island is dotted here and there with forested hills with the ancient Adinath Temple and a buddhist vihara in its midst, fishermen's villages and the Rakhyne villages etc. are greater attractions of the island. Engine boats and trawlers ply between the island and Cox's Bazar main land every hour throughout the day.
    Speed-boats and trawlers ferry across passengers regularly. Speed-boats take 10-15 minutes and trawlers half an hour.

    Sonadia

    This is a maiden island of Cox's Bazar across the Bay. Under the wide open blue sky fishing community, dry fish processing and colonies of the red sea crabs are attractions of the island.

    Teknaf

    This is a maiden island of Cox's Bazar across the Bay. Under the wide open blue sky fishing community, dry fish processing and colonies of the red sea crabs are attractions of the island.

    St. Martin's Island

    Drifted amidst the immense blue water of the Bay of Bengal, country's only coral island is St. Martin's. Its local name is Narikel Jinjira. Attractions are beaches around the island, coral stones, coconut groves, sea crabs, turtle shells and pearls. One can reach there by engine boat across the Bay from Teknaf.

    How to reach Cox's Bazar  

    154 km from Chittagong, Cox's Bazar is connected by a well-built highway. There are Dhaka-Chittagong- Cox's Bazar round ways Biman (Bangladesh Airlines) flight 3 days a week and flights from private airlines like GMG airlines and United Airways operating flights to and from Cox's Bazar. Cox's Bazar by waterways from Chittagong is a romantic journey.

    Where to stay

    Hotels and Motels of Bangladesh Parjatan (Tourism) Corporation are good tourist accommodations. Prior reservation is advisable (Tel: 88-02-989928890, 88-02-881 1 1 09). Room rent range from Tk. 1200 to Tk. 3800. Good many private hotels are available in Cox's Bazar where room rent varies from tk 500 to tk 5000.

    Where to enjoy food

    Parjatan Restaurant Shagorika at Hotel Shaibal, Upal & Probal Motel restaurant are the eating places from the Tourist Corporation. Privately owned restaurants such as Jhuban, Bakoli, Diamond, Niribili, Shojoni are worth trying. Prices are reasonable.

    Accommodation Facilities


    Telephone Numbers of Parjatan Hotel/Motel Shaibal :88- 0341- 63274, Fax-88-0341-64202
    Probal : 88-0341-63211
    Upal : 88-0341- 64258 Tourist Information Centers Dhaka Office
    Central Reservation
    83-88, Mohakali C/A, Dhaka-1212
    Phone: +880-2-8833229, +880-2-8834600
    Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport
    Ph: +880-2-8914416

     
     

     

     

                              LONGEST UNBROKEN SEA BEACH IN THE WORLD

     

    Panorama of Cox's Bazar in the early morning: clouds on a blue sky, still water and forest in the distance.

     

     

         Local hotels arrange beachside accessories for the tourists at Cox's Bazar

     

     

     

    Sunset at Cox's bazar

     

     

     

     

  • Forest & Jungle

     Sundarbans

    Royal Bengal Tiger and Mangrove Forest

    Located about 320 km. south-west of Dhaka and spread over an area of about 60000 sq, km of deltaic swamps along the coastal belt of Khulna, the Sundarbans is the world's biggest mangrove forest - the home of the Royal Bengal tiger. These dense mangrove forests are criss-crossed by a network of rivers and creeks. 

    Here, tourists find tides flowing in two directions in the same creek and often tigers swimming across a river or huge crocodiles basking in the 

     

    sun. Other wildlife of the region include the cheetahs, spotted deer, monkeys, pythons, wild bears and hyeanas. The forest is accessible by river from Khulna or Mongla. There are rest-houses for visitors to stay and enjoy the unspoiled beauty and splendour of the forest. 

    UNESCO has decleared the Sundarban a world heritage site that it offers splendid opportunities for tourism. 

    The main tourist spots inside the Sundarban include Hiron Point (Nilkamal), Katka and Tin Kona island. These places offer the best vantage points for watching tigers, deer, monkeys, crocodiles and birds. Another major attraction inside the Sundarban is Dublachar (island), a fishing village. Herds of spotted deer often come to graze here.

    Communication

    Water transport is the only means of communication within the Sundarban from Khulna or Mongla port. Private motor launches, speedboats, country boats as well as mechanised vessels of Mongla Port Authority offer regular services on these routes. From Dhaka to Khulna the most pleasent journey is by paddle steamer (Rocket) that offers visitors a picturesque panorama of rural Bangladesh. Day and night coach services by road are also available. The quickest mode is of course by air from Dhaka to Jessore and then to Khulna by road.

    Requirment

    Permission from the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Khulna is required to visit the forest. It is advised that cholera vaccines are taken well in advance. Tourists are also advised to carry supplies of anti-malarial and anti-diarrhoeal medicines, insectrepellent cream, drinking water, green coconut, medical kit, light tropical dress and thick rubber soled boots. It will be wise to take the help of an experienced guide for a truly enjoyable journey. 

    BPC offers package tours to the Sundarban
    Phone: +880-2-8833229
    Fax: : +880-2-8833900
    e-mail : info@bangladeshtourism.gov.bdinfo@parjatan.gov.bd

     

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  • Kuakata

      Kuakata - A unique sandy beach on the world, which is offering the full view of the rising and setting of crimson sun.

     
    Cooing Kuakata, the lowland lass of Latachapli in the sea-facing south of Bangladesh is 70 km. from Patuakhali District Headquarters and 320 km. from the Capital City of Dhaka. Here on the Bay, nature left to nature is the up and coming tourist hamlet of Kuakata with cool and kind holidaying kiss.

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    Fascinating name Kua (well), Kata (dug) was perhaps given to it by the earliest Rakhyne settlers from Kingdom of Arakan who landmarked the place by digging a well. Fabled curative qualities of well-waters of Kuakata is still a matter of “willing suspension of disbelief”. Fascinating still more is the sight of the sun at dawn rising from the depths of the sea and sinking into the same at dusk which can be glanced from the same point.


    TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
    - The long wide beach in typical natural setting,
    - Rising from the sea and setting into it of the crimson sun in a calm environment,
    - Fairs and festivals during `Rush Purnima’ and `Maghi Purnima’,
    - Unique customs and costumes of the `Rakhyne’ community,
    - Ancient Buddhist temple & the largest Buddha statue of Bangladesh,
    - Migratory birds in the winter season.


    HOW TO GO:

     

    Dhaka-Barisal by Air. Barisal to Kuakata via Patuakhali by Road.

     

    By steamer and launch:
    Dhaka-Patuakhali and Patuakhali to Kuakata by local Transport.

     

    By Road:
    Dhaka-Kuakata by Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) Tourist Bus.

     

    Khulna-Kuakata by Bus.



    WHERE TO STAY:

    Parjatan Holiday Homes at Kuakta is an ideal tourist resort having necessary facilities for the tourists.

    Deluxe Motel :

     

    16 Rooms

    Restaurant :

     

    50 Seats

    Room Tariff :

     

    AC-Deluxe (Double) TK. 1800.00
    AC-Twin Bed TK. 1500.00
    Non-AC Twin Bed TK. 900.00
    Economy Twin Bed TK. 600.00
    Confc. Hall (50 pers.) TK. 6500.00

    Rates are all inclusive and subject to change without notice.

    For rates and booking contact:

    Central Reservation
    Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation
    Phone: +880-2-9893710
    e-mail :  info@bangladeshtourism.gov.bd

     

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  • Parki

     

    Parki

    Parki beach is situated in Gahira, Anwara thana under southern Chittagong region. The beach lies about 28 km. away from Chittagong city. As the beach is situated at the Karnaphuli river channel, visitors can view both the Karnaphuli river and the sea together. Tourists enjoy the views of big ships anchored at the outer anchor, fishermen catching fish in sea, sunset, various coloured crabs at the beach, and quiet environment. In picnic season, many visitors come to the beach.


    Location and transportation 
    Parki beach lies at Karnaphuli river channel, which is about 8 km. from Anwara thana and 28 km. away in the southern part of Chittagong city. This sandy beach is about 15 km. long and 300 - 350ft. wide with 20 km tamarisk forest created by the forest division. Anwara thana is 20 km from Chittagong. Anwara thana is connected by road with Chittagong - Cox's Bazar highway and is accessible from all over Bangladesh including Dhaka city. The beach is located 8 km. away from the Chatri Choumuhoni point in this highway.

     

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  • Patenga

     

    Patenga is a popular tourist spot. The beach is very close to the Bangladesh Naval Academy of the Bangladesh Navy and Shah Amanat International Airport. Its width is narrow and swimming in the seas is not recommended. Part of the seashore is built-up with concrete walls, and large blocks of stones have been laid to prevent erosion. During the 1990s, a host of restaurants and kiosks sprouted out around the beach area. Lighting of the area has enhanced the security aspect of visiting at night.

    Nowadays, alcohol peddling is very common at the beach. Vendors from the city sell their ice creams, cold drinks and food to the hundreds of tourists who come to Patenga Beach. According to the local people, Patenga is the best place for delicious, mouth-watering street food at very low costs. One of the popular dishes of the food stands is the fried, spicy mud crab served with a small plate full of falafel, garnished with cucumber and onion. The beach has a wonderful cool atmosphere even at the evening, and people come to enjoy the soothing breeze. The beach is lined with massive shady palm trees and fishing boats. It also has an array of speed boats for visitors. The beach, however, is quite sandy, with a few rocky patches.

    Most visitors come to Patenga Beach as it is known for having some of the most stunning sunsets and sunrises in Bangladesh

     

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  • St. Martin Island

     

    St. Martin Island   

    Forty-eight kilometers from Teknaf, St. Martin's is the country's only coral island and an unspoilt paradise. Named Narikel Jinjira (Coconut Island) by the locals, the dumbbell shaped St.Martin's has an area of only 8 sq. km. which reduces to about 5 sq. km. and in places from 1-4 meters during high tide.

    The Cox's Bazar Holiday Complex of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation on the island is an shore tourist resort having comfortable accommodation, catering, sightseeing and other facilities.

    The beauty of the setting-sun behind the waves of the sea is simply captivating. Locally made cigars and handloom products of the tribal Rakhyne families are good buys.

    Located at a distance of 152 km. south of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar is connected both by air and road from Dhaka and Chittagong.

    Visit to the fascinating picnic spots at Himchari and Teknaf, the Buddhist Temple at Ramu and nearby islands of Sonadia and St. Martin's, Inani Beach and Moheshkhali are certain to become unforgettable experiences for every visitor.

    Accommodation Facilities

    Booking may be made at the Tourist Information Centre, Cox' Bazar

    Phone: +880-341-64202, +880-2-63274, +880-2-63211, +880-2-64246

    or

    Central Reservation,

    Commercial Division,

    BPC Head office

    83-88, Mohakhali C/A, Dhaka - 1212.

    Phone: +880-2-9899288-91, +880-2-8811109, +880-2-8821548

    Fax: : +880-2-8811150

    e-mail : info@bangladeshtourism.gov.bd


     

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  • Teknaf

    Teknaf

    Teknaf is a sub-district of Cox’s Bazar district. Most southern tip point of Bangladesh and an old-world border town. Teknaf located on the Naaf river and just at the tip of the hilly area of Cox’s Bazar. For geographically it is most lovely place for the local and foreign traveler. Winter and Autumn is the best time for visit this place.

    The scenic and enchanting beauty of River Naff and the hills are very attractive. There is a Spring about 8 km away from the center of the city. It has also a reserve forest namely “Teknaf Nature Park”. Shahparirdip is the last land part of Bangladesh which is 17 km south from Teknaf center. One of the largest Jetty ghat having a length of 600 metres is also constructed for the tourist visit.

    Teknaf is 92 KM south of Cox’ Bazar, on the southern tip of the narrow strip of land near Myanmar. Teknaf is beside the river of Naf. Naf River is the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh. The entrance of this town is a hilly area and people visit this point to enjoy Naf river from the top of the hill. Elephant are available in this area and this is a reserved forest area for Elephant.

    This beach is very enjoyable for it’s blue and clear water. Mathin’s ring-well and Shah Pori Island. are the tourist attractions also. Teknaf hill area and nature park are favorite to the adventure lover tourist. Elephant are available in this area. There are some caves in this area.

    There is a nice Motel beside the hill and the Naf river. Cheaper hotel and restaurants are also here. It takes 2 hours by bus or Micro bus from Cox’s Bazar. From Dhaka there are also direct Bus services for Teknaf . All ships for going Saint martin’s Island starts from Tekanf.

    Where to Stay 
    Hotel    NeTaung
    Mathin Restaurant
    Phone: +880-3426-75104. 
     

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