Kocha River is a much larger river from the Southern part of our Bangladesh. It is created when the two famous rivers Modhumoti and the Shondha merged together near at the Hularhat (হুলারহাট). After converging the two rivers it got a new name Kocha (কচা নদী) and carrying this new name until it falls into the Bay of Bengal.
Most of the main rivers from our Southern Bangladesh are having bridge on them to ease the communication. But for some unknown reason, this river Kocha (কচা নদী) is not having any bridge. And the communication between the Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট) or Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর) and Barisal (বরিশাল) is hugely dependent upon this river. One has to wait for around 30 minutes to 2 hours to cross this river. Where as a bridge can reduce this duration into few minutes.
There is only one ferry that is dealing all the transportation. It will take around 15-20 minutes to cross the river through Ferry. GPS coordinate of the river and the ferry ghat is around this (22°34’35.51″N, 90° 1’55.49″E).
After reaching at Pirojpur City, take local transports to reach that place.
There are direct bus services available from Dhaka to Pirojpur.
1. Dola Paribahan:
Fare: Tk450 (Approx.)
2. Sakura Paribahan:
Fare: TK 750 (Approx.)
3. Hamim Paribahan:
Fare: Tk450 (Approx.)
Some of the launch services available are:
2. Anchal and Himalaya
3. Tipu and Farhan
Steamers from Dhaka to Pirojpur:
1. PS Masud: Operates on Monday/Thursday
2. PS Ostrich: Operates on Sunday/Wednesday
3. PS Lepcha/Tern: Operates on Saturday/Tuesday
Rate for regular seat: Tk 205
Higher class seat: Tk 840
Deluxe rate: Tk 1360
*All fares are subject to approximation and may differ with original rates due to certain factors.
1. Hotel Rojoni
2. Hotel Relax
3. Hotel Dallas
4. Hotel Balaka
5. Hotel Royals
You can search for local restaurants or carry your own foods.
A few kilometers west from the Dhamrai Bazar, there is a river beside the road which is called "Bongshi". It is almost covered by the deadly hyacinths. There is no flow at the river, and at your first look, you'll feel like it as a canal.
The color of the water is kind of blackish. It can be due to the hyacinth, or due to the waste dumping from the factories nearby. Whatever the case is, you should not show any audacity to touch the water. The authority haven’t take any steps to keep the rivers (like Bongshi) alive.
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Mighty river Meghna's branch is located eastward to the Narsingdi Sadar. It is used as a river ghat to move in various directions from Narsingdi District. If someone pays a visit there at the Ghat, he/she may observe a cluster of wood made engine boats awaiting for passengers. It is a place largely of gatherings all the day long. The launch terminal is just steps away from this Ghat.
There are some attractions around the river ghat that make people wondering this place at their leisure time. Some remarkable are Ansar Camp, Saw mill (wood market), Store house of Jute (built in British period) and a rice mill belonging a large brick made platform.
Every year in a certain time a large number of people gather around this place to watch traditional boat race ( নৌকা বাইচ) in live and during the vacation of Eid people move there with their friends & family to enjoy a charming view of Meghna River Branch.)  => Array ( [name] => Karotoya River [post_id] => 1149 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/karotoya-nodi/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/BD_Korotoa_River-300x225.jpg [post_content] => Karatoya River (also spelt Korotoa) (Bengali: করতোয়া নদী), a small stream in Rajshahi Division of Bangladesh, was once a large and sacred river. A channel of it presently flows by the ancient ruins of Mahasthangarh (or Pundranagara, ancient capital of Pundravardhana) in Bogra District. The Karatoya mahatmya bears testimony to its past greatness. In the Mahabharata it is mentioned that a visit to the Karatoya after three days’ fast produces the same merit as an aswamedha (horse killing) sacrifice. Another ancient city, Sravasti, may have been located on the banks of the Karatoya, north of Mahasthangarh. However, there is a controversy about the possible location of Sravasti. The Karatoya, known as Phuljhur rises in the Baikunthapur jungles in the extreme north-west of Jalpaiguri district (West Bengal, India) and forms for some distance the boundary between Dinajpur and Rangpur districts. It, then, meanders through Rangpur and Bogra. In the south of Bogra district, it receives the Halhalia and the united stream is then known as Phuljhur. It leaves Bogra at Chanda kona and flowing in a southerly direction past Raiganj and Shujapur is, as already mentioned, joined by lchhamati at Nalka. The Phuljhur then flows south past the important village of Ullapara, a few miles below which it joins the Hurasagar at Narnia after a course of about 64 kilometres (40 mi) in this district. After this junction, it takes the name of Hurasagar and passing close by Shazadpur and Hera joins the Jamuna near Bera. The Karatoya is mentioned in the Puranas and had a high repute for sanctity. It was the eastern boundary of the old kingdom of Paundravardhana, the country of the Paundras which it separated from Kamrupa. It is shown in Van Den Brouk's map of Bengal (C, 1660) as flowing into the Ganges and in fact. before the destructive floods of 1787 it brought down to the Atrai and to the Ganges a great volume of Teesta water. Since the main stream of the Teesta was dirverted to the east in 1787, the Karatoya and the Phuljhur have gradually silted up. and they are at the present day rivers of minor importance. One channel, which joins the Baral, 48 kilometres (30 mi) east of Pabna. is still called indifferently the Buri Teesta or old Teesta and the Karto or Karatoya. Traces of an old channel, for which the name of the Karatoya is claimed, are also pointed out in the Chatmohar thana, where it appears to have been obliterated by the Baral. )  => Array ( [name] => Balashi Ghat [post_id] => 6210 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/balashi-ghat%e0%a6%ac%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%b2%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%b8%e0%a7%80-%e0%a6%98%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%9f/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DSC08881-Copy-2-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Balashi Ghat (বালাসী ঘাট) is one of the most beautiful tourist spots of Gaibandha District.It stands beside the bank of Jamuna River and is not very far from Gaibandha Sadar Upazila. At the beginning of 2004, steamers were banned from this place. Although, trawlers & boats are available for traveling. It has built a connection with the southern districts of Jamalpur.
As a result of erosion, everyday many parts of this Ghat are drowning under the river. A huge crowd comes to Balashi Ghat to enjoy its stunning natural beauty.) )
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