Places To See In Kuakata

  • Mohammad Emran 2207 28/12/2016

Kuakata is the second largest Sea Beach in Bangladesh. This place known as ‘Daughter of Ocean’. Kuakata beach is a sandy expanse 18 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide.This is place is so amazingly beautiful and close-to-nature, yet not on top of every traveler’s to-do list – mainly because of the long journey one has to go through to reach this place. Anyway, if you crave for natural beauty, wilderness, clean sandy beaches and cheap sea-side sea food then Kuakata is a must visit place for you. It will take you around 7-12 hours to reach the place from Dhaka and you can do so by bus or launch. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants near the beach, not very fancy – but very friendly and delicious none the less. You may need to prebook your hotel in peak tourist season, but in other times it should be fine to just show up and book on the spot.

Things to Do & Places to See in Kuakata

Travel Tip: There is almost no public transportation in Kuakata and nearby areas other than a few local buses and motor bikes. These bikes are the thing that makes Kuakata so special. Not only you can use these bikes to roam around Kuakata but also the drivers will act as your tour guide which is fantastic. They will suggest all the places nearby and will come to pick you up at your hotel. So before you make any solid plans talk to your hotel manager about arranging a bike for you.

Try Local Delicacies

Try local seafood delicacies, cooked in their own different way. You will get freshly caught raw fish like coral, poa, lakkha, prawn, hilsha, crabs and lobsters in most of the restaurants near the mainroad. You will also find small barbecue stands near Lebur Chor – 5 kilometers west from the main beach where they will cook fresh fish and crab in front of you and serve you on the beach. But, before buying anything, be sure about the price. First, confirm the price, and then place the order. You will also get coconuts at a very cheap price – almost half the price of what you will be charged in Dhaka.

Sunrise and Sunset from the Beach

The 30 km beach of Kuakata is the only place in Bangladesh where you can enjoy both sunrise and sunset in the sea. If the sky is clear you can enjoy the panoramic beauty from any point of the beach but there are two points which are particularly famous for sunrise and sunset. Lebur chor is perfect for enjoying sunset and Kauar Chor is perfect for sunrise. Arrange for a bike to take you there in time.

2-3 hour Bike Ride by the Beach

If you don’t do this you will miss half the fun of Kuakata. I mentioned about the bikes at the beginning of this article. You can hop on any of these bikes (from your hotel or town center) and the driver/guide will take you to some breathtaking places along the beach. This generally covers Kauar Chor, Lebur Chor, Red Crab Beach, mangrove forest etc. But to me the 15-20 kilometer ride along the beach itself was simply the best. You can truly feel the raw beauty of the nature. If you stop at different spots then it can take around 2-4 hours to complete this ride. A bike can carry maximum 2 passengers.

Fatra’r Chor

Fatra’r Chor (Fatra’s Island) is a popular tourist spot near Kuakata beach. It is a part of the world’s largest mangrove forest Sundarban. Fatrar Bon or chor is a comparatively big forest in Kuakata. A traveler has to hire an engine boat from Lebur Chor to visit the Fatrar Chor. It will possibly take a one hour boat journey to go there. You should enter the forest after having the authorization from the forest camp. The wild birds, a number of monkeys, some rabbit, deer are found in this part of the mangrove forest.

Gangamati Reserved Forest & Jhau Bon

This is a mangrove and evergreen forest in Kuakata. It is situated on the eastern end on the beach. The best means to reach the forest is a bike or by foot, by the side of the beach. The most gorgeous place at Gangamoti Reserved Forest is the Lake. Technically, the forest is the further part of the Sundarban. The area protects the coastline of Kuakata against tidal surges. It also provides a chance to view a little mangrove jungle. There is a Jhau Bon situated near this which you can visit too.

Keranipara, Misripara & Amkholapara Buddhist temples

Some Buddhist temples with immense cultural heritages are there in Kuakata. There is a 100 year old Buddha Idol in Sheema Mandir, Keranipara. This temple is made from eight special metals. The statue of Gautama Buddha in Kuakata Buddhist Temple is the biggest in the South Asia. There is a well about 200 years old, might have to look at this also. Keep in mind that you would have to remove your shoes before entering the temple. You can reach this place on bike during your 2-4 hour all inclusive bike trip.

Kuakata Eco Park

Kuakata Eco Park is at 2.5 km east from the Kuakata zero point. The area of the park is about 13,984 hectares. About 42000 trees are found there. With two watch towers, wooden bridge, culverts, five picnic sheds, internal walkways, this is a perfect place to spend a morning or evening for the travelers. A nice looking lagoon is situated inside the area and two coastlines of this lake are linked with a bridge. A trip on a paddle boat on that lake might be a romantic experience for you.

Lebur Chor

Just 5 km from the main beach, Lebur chor is another tourist attraction. Locally also branded as Nembur chor or Lembur chor. The approximate area of this place is about 1000 acres. It is a small fraction of Sundarban but currently it is separated from Sundarban. It is bursting with natural gorgeousness and this overall place is completely outstanding. You can enjoy a boat ride in the jungle or beach-side BBQ here.

Shutki Polli

It is in the west and 4 km away from the beach. While returning from of Lebur chor, you should visit shutki polli. There are lots of fishing villages nearby and you can buy fresh fish or dried fish directly from the fishermen. You can also see the whole process of turning a fish into Shutki or dried fish.

 

How to Go to Kuakata

There are a few options available on hand:

  1. Go to Kuakata directly by Bus (8 hours)
  2. Take a launch/Ship to Barishal and then take a bus to Kuakata (12 hours)
  3. Take a launch/Ship to Patuakhali and then take a bus to Kuakata (12-13 hours)

Among these the first one is the most convenient and the second one is the most enjoyable. The third would have been enjoyable too but there are no good quality Launches available compared to the Barishal route.

Dhaka to Kuakata by Bus

Compared to just 5 years back, it is much easier to go from Dhaka to Kuakata now. Though you will have to cross four ferries on the way, which takes a lot of time (around 2 to 4 hours depending on the ferry queue) – bridges are being built to make this journey faster. Here is some necessary information about the bus services running there.

Name

Destination

Coach Type

Ticket Price

Desh Paribahan Pvt. Ltd

Patuakhali

Non AC

400

Desh Paribahan Pvt. Ltd

Kuakata

Non AC

450

Dola Paribahan Ltd

Patuakhali

Non AC

340

Grameen Service Pvt. Ltd

Kuakata

Non AC

450

Kuakata Express

Kuakata

Non AC

450

Meghna Travel Pvt. Ltd

Patuakhali

Non AC

450

Ontora Paribahan

Patuakhali

Non AC

450

Ontora Paribahan

Kuakata

Non AC

700

Rumin Paribahan Ltd

Patuakhali

Non AC

400

Sugandha Paribahan

Kuakata

Non AC

350

 

You can reach within 200 meters from Kuakata sea beach with these buses. They leave at night 10.30 PM to 12.00 PM near the Gabtoli Bus Stand or Technical Bus Stand.

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Phone Numbers of Intercity Bus Services

Dhaka To Kuakata By Launch or Boat

If you want to make this trip truly memorable, you will have to hop on a launch or water vessel from Dhaka towards Patuakhali or Barishal. By this not only you can spend a few hours at one of these 2 cities (more like suburbs), but you can spend an amazing night on the Launch enjoying the cool breeze of the river and a clear starry sky. From Patuakhali or Barishal you need to get on a bus. It will take around 3-4 hours from Barishal and 2-3 hours from Patuakhali, counting the 3 ferries you will have to cross. Tickets are around 180Tk from Barishal.

Launches leave three times daily from the Dhaka to Patuakhali/Barishal – 5.30, 6.30 and 7.00 PM. Sundarban, Sattar Khan , Achol and Saikot Waterway conducts these services.

  • Single Cabin: 350 tk
  • Double Cabin: 600 tk
  • VIP AC Cabin: 700 tk
  • Deck Chair: 150 tk

The bus stop in Kuakata is only 150 meters away from the beach! So, though you maybe a little tired of the long journey… you will be immediately rewarded with a splendid view at the end.

Travel Tip: Have some coconuts, chat with local fishermen and enjoy the bike ride. Kuakata is an awesome place.



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