The name Kuakata originated from the word Kua English word “Well” dug on the sea shore by the early Rakhine settlers in quest of collecting drinking water, who landed on Kuakata coast after getting expelled from the Arakan (Myanmar) by Moughals. Afterwards, it has become a tradition of digging Kua-Well in the neighborhood of Rakhaine tribes for water.
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. 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.
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.
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 colourful 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.
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.
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Sunrise and Sunset at Kuakata
Kuakata is one of the rarest places to see the full view of both sunrise and sunset from the same place or same position. For that reason it makes Kuakata one of the world’s unique beaches. Kuakata has a wide sandy beach. The Kuakata beach is about 30 kilometer long and 6 kilometer wide sandy beach. Kuakata is the only beach in the world where travelers can enjoy sunrise and sunset view from the same beach. To enjoy the sunrise from the Kuakata beach one should wake up very early in the morning. At the evening of the day traveler will enjoy the attractive sunset.The excellent sandy beach of Kuakata fascinates thousands of tourists to watch both Sunset and Sunrise on Sea. This pleasant environment is often visited by tourists who also make a trip to another surrounding destination. Kuakata is an eye-catching sea beach on the southern most part of Bangladesh. The long and wide beach at Kuakata has beautiful natural scenery. Kuakata is also the reservation of winter birds.
Kuakata Fatrar Chor
Fatra’s chor is the nice tourist place near Kuakata beach. From Kuakata traveler may visit the Fatrar Chor. Fatrar Chor is the part of the Sundarban forest. Fatrar Chor is also known as Fatrar Bon. As the Fatrar Chor is the part of Sundarban so it is mangrove forest.
At first traveler have to rent an engine boat near the beach. It may take about an hour boat journey from Kuakata sea beach. After the thrilling journey traveler will reach at Fatrar chor or Fatrar bon. There is a nice canal in that place and forest beside the canal. Now traveler should enter at the forest after taking the permission from forest camp. There are many wild birds, some monkey, some rabbit, deer and some other animal found at that jungle.
Jhau Bon at Kuakata
Jhaubon is very beautiful place at Kuakata. Jhau bon is close to the sea beach. Jhau forest is created by Government initiative. Tourist or traveler can visit there by walking. Jhau bon is surrounded by many Jhau trees and coconut trees. This place is better to see the sun rise scenery at Kuakata. There is a nice Eco park at Jhaubon area of Kuakata. This Ecopark will be the excellent place for picnic or junket. Gangamati Reserved Forest is located to the east of Jhau forest. So the traveler will visit both Jhaubon and Gangamati Reserved Forest at a time. While visiting this area traveler will view the nice structure of forests, big jhau trees, sands etc. Jhau bon a beautiful place to sit and relaxation. Jhau bon is very famous and a well-acquainted place for visitors. Tourists come here for recreation. Early in the morning the sun rising scenery can be viewed from this corner. Jhaubon attract all visitors by its unbounded beauty.
Lebur Chor at Kuakata
Lebur chor is located at five (5) kilometer east of Kuakata beach. Lebur (Lemon) chor is locally also known as Lembur chor or ‘Nembur chor’. Surrounded area of this chor is about 1000 acres.There are many types of trees and plants in this chor like Keura, Geowa, Goran, Koroi, Golpata etc. Lebur chor is the part of Sundarban but now it is detached from Sundarban. It is situated in the east corner of Kuakata. So traveler can visit from Kuakata to Lebur chor easily. Lebur chor will be another attractive place for the Kuakata travelers. It is full of natural beauty and this place is totally outstanding.
Kuakata Buddhist Temple
Kuakata Buddhist Temple is situated only four (4) kilometer away from Kuakata beach. Traveler may visit there by any vehicles. Kuakata Buddhist Statue is the biggest Buddhist Statue in South Asia. If a traveler visits Buddhist Temple he will see the statue of Goutom Buddha and also he will see the 200 years old wells. Traveler will find the about hundred year’s old ancient tradition and cultural heritage of traditional Rakhyne tribal families and Buddhist Temple. Near the temple traveler can also visit Misripara, Keranipara and Amkholapara. At that places traveler will enjoy the traditional Rakhain community. Visitors can buy many types of handicraft which is made by local Rakhain people. Traveler may visit the Rakhain locality and they can observe the life style of tribal Rakhain people. Rakhain peoples are very friendly to the tourist and visitors.
How to go
From Sadarghat 2 or 3 vehicles launches to Patuakhali.
By Direct Launch:
You can also take a direct river boat from Dhaka sadarghat terminal to Patuakhali. This journey will cost you about the same as Barisal and these boats leaves little early around 4 to 7 PM. River boats are much nicer in Barisal route. Another issue is the time regarding taking this route. You will reach Pautakhali around 7 to 8 AM. From here you board a local rickety bus to Kuakata, about three hours. Distance between Pautakhali and Kuakata is about 70 km.
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. These buses are clean and comfortable.Direct bus route from Dhaka to Kuakata. “Sakura” costs around 450 Taka (US $6.00). It leaves every night at 10:30 from the Gabtoli Bus terminal near Technical Mor.
Barisal to Kuakata:
* Price may vary depending on different factors.