Kuakata Sea Beach (Jhaubon, Eco Park)

Type: Beach
Contributed By: Nayeem
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Brief

Kuakata is known for its picturesque landscape beauty of panoramic beach, clear blue sky, the tides of the bay bashing on the shore and its mangrove forest. The beach is about 30 kilometers in length, 6 kilometers in breadth and situated at the Lotachapli Union, Kolapara Thana, Patuakhali District. It’s unique as there are no other beaches in Bangladesh where you can witness both sunrise and sunset. Jhaubon (Jhau forest) is an exquisite place in Kuakata which is close to the beach.

Jhau forest is established as a result of initiative taken by government. You can reach Jhaubon by walking from the beach. Jhaubon is covered by Jhau and coconut trees. It’s a wonderful place for observing the sunrise. An Eco Park exists at Jhaubon area which is a fascinating place for picnic or junket. To the east of Jhau forest, there is Gangamati Reserved Forest. So you should visit both Jhaubon and Gangamati Reserved Forest at the same time. Jhaubon is a wonderful place to calm down & very well-acquainted for visitors. Each year, many tourists come here for pleasure.

How to go

From Patuakhali launch Ghat, you can easily get local transport (bus) to reach Kuakata. BRTC bus reaches Kuakata from Dhaka, departing from Saidabad bus terminal. It usually takes about 12 hours to reach there. The BRTC buses are comparatively good. The most prominent bus named “Sakura” costs around 450 Taka, departing every night.

How To Reach: Patuakhali District

From the capital of Dhaka to Patuakhali, there are three options of transport available. Basic information about these routes to reach Patuakhali has been mentioned in the other part.

The road distance from Dhaka to Patuakhali is 319 km. You can take a bus from Sayedabad or Gabtoli counters of Dhaka to reach Patuakhali. There are two routes by bus to arrive at Patuakhali district. One goes from Dhaka to Mawa to Barisal to Patuakhali and another one drives from Dhaka to Aricha to Barisal to Patuakhali. The bus fare generally ranges from Tk 450 to Tk 700.

Some of the bus services are listed below:

1. Saudia Paribahan:
Bus leaves from Dhaka every hour from 10 am to 12 pm.
Sayedabad Counter, Phone number: 01919654856, 01919564857
Bus Rate: Tk 300 (Approx.)

2. Abdullah Paribahan:
First trip 7:00 am – Last trip 7:30 pm
Bus Rate: Tk 300 (Approx.)

3. Hanif Paribahan:
Contact: 01713049559

4. Eagle Paribahan:
Bus leaves every 45 minutes starting from 6am to 11:45pm
Bus Rate: Tk 350 (Approx.)

Launch is a comfortable and low expense transport to go from Dhaka to Patuakhali. From Sadarghat of Dhaka, two to three launches drive to Patuakhali. The launches usually start at 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7 pm and arrive in the destination at 6 am of the following morning.

Names of some of the launch services are: Saikat, Sattar Khan, Achol and Sundarban.

Rent is usually as follows:
Deck: Tk 150
Single Cabin: Tk 350
Double Cabin: Tk600
Family: Tk 700
VIP and AC: Tk 1500
*All fares are subject to approximation and may slightly differ with original rates due to change in certain factors.

Barisal is also connected to Dhaka through air. Flight starts from Dhaka airport and arrive at Barisal Airport. From there on, you have to take a road transport to reach the district of Patuakhali.
Biman bangladesh is currently the only airline, offering flights to Barisal from Dhaka.
Plane fare starts from BDT TK 3000. For more information about Biman, check out their official website.

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

Eating Facilities

Some hotels or motels offer meals to their guest. Local available restaurants provide with local cuisine.

Travel Tips

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.

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