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Kuakata, Patuakhali

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Beach · Outdoor Activity
Kuakata is a beautiful place of the southern part of Bangladesh which is sometimes called as æthe daughter of the Sea”. This 30 kilometers long beach is situated at Lotachapli union of Kalapara thana, which is in Patuakhali district of Barisal division. Kuakata is 70 kilometers away from Patuakhali Sadar and 320 kilometers away from Dhaka city.

From history it is known that when Arakan, the house land of Rakhain at Mayanmer was in added and conquered by Barmerse king, the Rakhain people got into several big boats and started a journey to nowhere though the sea. Eventually their boats stopped at an island which happened to be Rangabali Island of Patuakhali district. They got out of the boats and started living there. Some of them entered the forest in search of food, cut down trees and cleared some areas. This area in the forest they called ‘Kanshai’ meaning Vagyekul in Bengali. Because they came there by crossing the sea. At first living was difficult for safety water. So they dug a well for drinking water. This ‘digging well’ eventually gave the place a name ‘Kua-Kata’.

Near this well they set up a temple and established a statue of Buddha weighing 350 kg (approx) in it which was created with the mixture of eight minerals. For building the temple they followed the architectural patterns of Indochina. Therefore are can think that this is a temple from Thailand, Laos or Myanmar. The scaffold of the stature is three and half feet high and the height of the statue of Buddha 83 years ago when the community celebrated 25 hundred years of Buddhism. At the time Dayak (director) of the temple was Bachin Talukder, Being the charismatic leaders of the Rakhain community he expired in 1999. After his death his son Aug Summing took the responsibility. Beside the temple Shree Mougal Buddhist Biheer has been built following the architectural pattern of Indo China. Sitting hare Buddhist Vikkhurs preached sermons. Now a days nobody drinks the water of the well. It has been neglected for years. Only recently with the financial to assistance of Bangladesh Government the well, its surrounding areas and the temples are being renovated so that tourist can enjoy the site with convenience.

It is beyond the power of anybody to describe the natural beauty of Kua-Kata Sea beach. Only you will have to enjoy it with your own eyes. At Sun rising, it seems a great bell of five rises from the sea to the sky and at Sun set slowly sinks the sun gently into the sea, only to return for the next day. As if the Sea in the home of the Sun.

The beauty of the beach is enriched in full moon. It seems that the big waves are ready to embrace you in the moon light. When the moon Light is absent the waves sparkle in the darkness for the presence of phosphorus.
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  • Charming Kuakata is really the end of the line, 3 hours by express bus south of Barisal, and right where Bangladesh ends on the Bay of Bengal. The town has all the color of Bangladesh without the...  more »
  • After a three - week-tour through Bangladesh I stayed for one week in this little town and enjoyed it very much. First in the very nice Kuakata Guesthouse (I highly can recommend this!) and the last.....  more »

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