kuakata sea beach is known as Sagar Kannya or the Daughter of the Sea, which is famous for its panoramic sea beach. This is one of the rarest places with 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 an emblematic natural setting. This sandy beach has gentle slopes into the Bay of Bengal. Bathing at this beach is as pleasant as is walking or diving.
This 18 km long and 3 km wide sea beach is located at Kalapara Police Station of Patuakhali district. Kuakata Sea beach is about 320 km from Dhaka and 70 km from Patuakhali Sadar. It is a unique place where you can be a witness of both sunrise and sunset unobstructed. This beach is a pleasing combination of vivid natural beauty, blue sky, sandy beach, vast bay, and evergreen jhauban. Here you can see 100 years old Buddhist temple as well as two wells of about 200 years old.
In 1780s, the Mughals drove away the Rakhaines settlers from Arakan (Myanmar). Then the Rakhaines came to Kuakata. This place got its name by Rakhaines. There is an interesting story behind it. To collect fresh water, they used to dig wells on the seashore. As the Bengali word for “well” is kua, this place got its name Kuakata.
What to see in Kuakata:
Sun Rise and Sun Set: One of the main attractions of this place are that one can enjoy the full view of the amazing sunrise and sunset from the same sandy beach in the Bay of Bengal.
Jhaubon: Jhaubon is basically a man-made forest and it is the result of initiative taken by the government of Bangladesh. This forest is located at the walking distance from the beach. Jhaubon is covered by Jhau and coconut trees. From here you can enjoy the amazing sunrise. There is an eco-park here where many people come for picnic.
Mishripara: This charming Rakhain village is 9 km northwest of Kuakata. Here you can visit the biggest rural Buddhist temple in the subcontinent. There is a 30 feet high statue of Buddha in the temple.
Pilgrimage: There is a pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists in Kuakata. Hindus come here at the festival of Rush Purnima and Buddhists come here at Maghi Purnima. On these occasions, pilgrims take holy bath at the bay and take part in the traditional fair.
Shutki Polli: This place is located 4 km west of Kuakata. In this place, tourists are able to observe the process of making dry fishes. Generally, in winter season fishes are dried to make shutki. From here Shutki (dry fish) is supplied in allover of the country, especially in Dhaka, Barishal, Khulna and Jashore.
Narikel Bagan: This charming place is situated at the eastern side of Kuakata sea beach. It is at the walking distance from the main beach. Local people think that this coconut garden is more than 40 years old. Although major part of this garden has been destroyed by the waves of the sea and various natural calamities, still there is a portion of narikel bagan where tourist can visit and enjoy the beauty of this place.
Lebur Bon: Lebur Bon is situated at 5 km east of Kuakata sea beach comprises about 1000 acres area. Once Lebur Char was a part of the Sundarbans but now it is deviated from the Sundarbans. Here tourist can see trees like Keura, Geowa, Goran, Golpata, Koroi etc. This place easily visited by motorcycle, easybike and motor van.
Fatrar Char: Fatrar Char, also known as Fatrar Bon, is an island located on the west side of the sea beach. You can go this mangrove forest by boat and trawler. This place is actually a part of the Sundarbans. Tourists can enter the forest after taking permission from forest camp. Here, you can see wild birds, monkeys, rabbits, deer and some other animals
Gangamoti or Gajamati forest: Gangamoti canal is the last point of Kuakata sea beach and the beginning point of Gangamoti or Gajamoti forest. Visiting Gangamati in the afternoon can make a memorable experience in your life. You may see here the rare species of moorhen which is a type of water bird.
How to go
There are several ways to go Kuakata from Dhaka. There is direct bus and launch service from Dhaka to Kalapara.
You can also go to Kuakata through Barishal. For this you have to reach in Barishal first. You can go to Barisal by road air and water. Non-stop A/C and non-A/C bus service is available from Dhaka to Barishal. It takes 10-12 hours to reach in Barishal by bus. Launches and Paddle Steamers also go to Barishal from Dhaka Sadarghat.
If you have enough time then you can enjoy the launch journey. On the journey you will be able to enjoy the picturesque panoramic beauty of the rural Bengal.
Most of the hotels in Kuakata offer Indian and Chinese foods as well as Bangladeshi traditional dishes. Hence, you can try some fresh local seafood. You can get freshly caught fishes like coral, Lakka, prawn, poa, hilsa, crabs and lobsters in most of food chains beside the sea beach. Here you will find some barbecue stands where you will be served fresh fishes and crabs cooked in front of you on the beach. Before ordering anything you must have to confirm the price of those sea foods.
Furthermore, you will find plenty of green coconuts here to drink and the price is very cheap. Hard drinks are also available in some restaurants.
There are two small markets in Kuakata. Those are- Beach Market and Rakhain Market. The market next to the beach area is popular among the tourists. The shops in the market are very small in size. Here they mainly sell different types of clothes, shoes and souvenirs. Different types of souvenirs are generally made from wood, glass and sea shells. Here you can also buy clothes and other items made by the Rakhain community in the Rakhain Market.
Where to stay
There are numerous number of hotels established in Kuakata in recent years. You can find both expensive and non-expensive hotels in this place. Expensive hotels offer well decorated accommodations, good security, excellent room service, hot and cold water facilities and all type of modern facilities for the tourists. If you are enjoying a budget tour, then you can find some modest hotels which will suit your spending plan easily. Most of the hotels provide easy access to all parts of the city, beach and tourist attractions which is very convenient for the travelers.