Kuakata is a town in southern Bangladesh known for its panoramic sea beach. Kuakata beach is a sandy expanse 18 kilometres (11 mi) long and 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) wide. From the beach one can have an unobstructed view of both sunrise and sunset over the Bay of Bengal.
History and Culture of Kuakata
The name Kuakata originated from the word ‘kua’ — the Bengali word for “well” which was dug on the seashore by the early Rakhine settlers(Burmese tribes) in quest of collecting drinking water. They landed on the Kuakata coast in the 18th century after being expelled from Arakan (Myanmar) by the Burmese extremists . Afterwards, it has become a tradition of digging wells in the neighbourhoods of Rakhaine tribes for water.
Kuakata is situated in Kalapara Upazila, Patuakhali District. It is about 320 kilometres (200 mi) south of Dhaka, the capital, and about 70 kilometres (43 mi) from the district headquarters.
According to the 2011 Bangladesh census, Kuakata had 2,065 households and a population of 9,077.
Culture of Kuakata
Kuakata is a place of pilgrimage for Hindu and Buddhist communities. Innumerable devotees arrive here at the festivals of ‘Rush Purnima’ and ‘Maghi Purnima’. On these occasions the pilgrims take holy baths at the bay and participate in the traditional fairs. One may visit a 100-year-old Buddhist temple where the statue of Goutama Buddha and two 200-year-old wells are located.
Best Tourism Places of Kuakata
The town Kuakata has sea beach named Kuakata Beach. Many tourists visit the place to see the beach although it hasn’t international recognition like Cox’s Bazar Beach but it is popular in Bangladesh. There are many places tourist visit such as –
1.Kuakata National Park 2.Kuakata Ecopark 3.Forest of Fatra 4.Well of Kuakata 5.Shima Buddhist Monastery 6.Rakhaine settlement of Keranipara 7.Alipur Port 8.Mishripara Buddhist Monastery 9.Forest of Gangamati
How to reach Kuakata?
You can go by road or by the river though the lanunch. But whatever the way you take, you will reach there by 9-10 am in the morning.
From Sadarghat 2 or 3 vehicles launches to Patuakhali. Starting Time: 5:30, 6:30 and 7 pm Arrival time in Patuakhali Launch Ghat: 6 am next morning Vehicle Name: Sunderbaban, Saikat, Sattar Khan, Achol Rent : Cabin (single) Tk. 350, (double) Tk. 600, (family) Tk.700 (VIP-AC) 1500 Deck Tk. 150
When you arrive Patuakhali, you can have your breakfast in any hotel nearby and go to the bus dipo by rikshaw. Local bus there will take Tk. 60 and direct bus will take Tk. 80 to take you to kuakata beach by 5 and 3.5 hours.
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.
The distance by road from Dhaka to Kuakata is 380 km. From Dhaka several buses including Hanif Paribanhan, Golden line Paribahan,Survi Paribahan, Sakura Paribahan,Druti Paribahan go to kuakata. Buses leave from Gabtoli bus stand for Kuakata. The fare of these buses is Tk.800-1000 per person (2018 year),while the AC Bus fare is Tk. 1000+ . The buses will drop you off near the beach, and you can walk to the beach. It takes about i3 hours to reach Kuakata by bus from Dhaka.
Barisal to Kuakata:
If you want to go Kuakata from Barisal, at first you have to go Patuakhali. So you can choose Barisal “Rupatoli bus stand” or “Natullabad bus stand”. There are available Patuakhali or Khepupara bus services. You can choose any suitable bus from there. From Patuakhali you can go kuakata by any local service.
*Price may vary depending on different factors.
Dhaka to Kuakata via Patuakhhali by Launch:
Since the distance from Patuakhali to Kuakata is relatively short, many people choose the Patuakhali water route to go to Kuakata. The launches of Patuakhali started their journy from Dhaka Sadarghat between 6 PM and 7 PM. The fare is approximately Tk.300-400 on deck, Tk 1000-3000+ on the cabin. From Patuakhali river port you have to go to the bus stand by auto or rickshaw , and from there you have to go to Kuakata by Bus. Bust fare is around tk.150-200. It will take about 2 hours to reach Kuakata.
Cost of Living in Kuakata
Kuakata has two Daak bunglows and Sagar Kanya Tourism Holiday Homes. Moveover, LGED, roads and highways , district counil, and Rakhine Culture Academy have several rest houses. However,in order to stay in these places, prior permission of the concerend department has to be taken . Besides,more than 50 residential hjotels and motels have been set up in this tourist city on private initiative. The cost in those motels and hotels and hotels starts from tk.600 per night ,which will increase depending on the quality. Futher, there are several restaurnts to have a meal.
Where to Stay
There are many hotels in Patuakhali to stay in. Some of them have been listed below for your assistance.
1. Hotel Banani Palace Contact: 01713-674189
2. Hotel Kuakata Inn Kuakata Parjatan area, Sadar Road, Kolapara, Patuakhali,Bangladesh. Phone: +88 0442856031 Mobile: +88 01750008177-78, +88 01555012500
3. Hotel Sky Palace Contact: 0177-507479
4. Beach Haven Contact: 01730021341
5. Hotel Nilanjona Address: Opposite of Rakhain Women Market, Kuakata, Patuakhali, Bangladesh. Phone: +88 0442-856014, 856018 Mobile: +88 01712-927904
6. Hotel Mohona Address: Kuakata Parjatan Area, Kuakata, Patuakhali, Bangladesh.
Things to do
1. Take pictures of long wide beach in typical natural setting. 2. View the crimson sun rising from sea in a pleasant environment. 3. You may go to the fairs and festivals during the time of` Rush Purnima’ and `Maghi Purnima’, 4. Observe the distinct customs and costumes of the `Rakhain’ community, 5. See the ancient Buddhist temple & the largest Buddha statue of Bangladesh, 6. Watch the migratory birds which are prevalent in winter.
Some hotels or motels offer meals to their guest. Local available restaurants provide with local cuisine.
You’ll find many tourist guides on the beach with motorcycles. They offer trips to various spots near the beach. They carry photo album of the nearest spot from where you can choose your itinerary. You can hire one of them to have motorcycle tour around the beach. Usually they take 200-500 taka for 1-4 hours of ride. These guides can take 2 tourists on the backside of their motorcycle at a time. It is advised to hire them so you can see all the nearest spots very quickly.
Best time to visit Kuakata
You can visit Kuakata any time of the year. But it is recommended to visit during the fall to winter (October to March) as the weather remains calm and quiet. If you go to Kuakata during the summer ,you can see a rough version of Kuakata. You will get to see the big waves crashing on the lands during summer.