Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves,
rare conch shells, colorful pagodas, Buddhist temples
and tribes, delightful sea-food--this is Cox's Bazar,
the tourist capital of Bangladesh. Having the world's
longest (120 kilometers.) beach sloping gently down
to the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, Cox's Bazar
is one of the most attractive tourist sport in the
Located at a distance of 152 km. south of Chittagong,
the leading seaport of Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar is
connected both by air and road from Dhaka and Chittagong.
Other attractions for visitors are conch shell market,
tribal handicraft, salt and prawn cultivation
OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST:
Besides, the longest sea-beach, Cox's Bazar and its
adjoin areas have a lot of things to see and places
deserve visit by the tourists.
Himchari : It is about
32 km. South of Cox's Bazar along the beach, a nice
place for picnic and shooting. The famous "Broken
Hills" and waterfalls here are rare sights.
Inani : It is about 32
km. South of Cox's Bazar and just on the beach, with
the sea to the west and a background of steep hills
to the east. Inani casts a magic spell on those who
step into that dreamland. It is only half an hour's
drive from Cox's Bazar and an ideal place for Sea-bathing
Maheskhali : An island
off the coast of Cox's Bazar. It has an area of 268
square kilometers. Through the centre of the island
and along the eastern coast line rises a range of
low hills, 300 feet high; but the coast to the west
and north is a lowlying treat, fringed by mangrove
jungle. In the hills on the coast is built the shrine
of Adinath, dedicated to siva. By its side on the
same hill is Buddhist Pagoda.
Ramu : This is a typical
Buddhist village, about 16 km. from Cox's Bazar, on
the main road to Chittagong. There are monasteries,
khyangs and pagodas containing images of Buddha in
gold, bronze and other metals inilaid with precious
One of the most interesting of these temples is on
the bank of the Baghkhali river. It houses not only
interesting relics and Burmes handicrafts but also
a large bronze statue of Buddha measuring thirteen
feet high and rests on a six feet high pedestal. The
wood carving of this khyang is very delicate and refined.
The village has a charm of its own. Weavers ply there
trade in open workshops and craftsmen make handmade
cigars in their pagoda like houses.
Sonadia Island : It is
about seven kilometer of Cox's Bazar and about nine
square kilometer in area. The western side of the
island is sandy and different kinds of shells are
found on the beach. Off the northern part of the island,
there are beds of window pane oysters. During winter,
fisherman set up temporary camps on the island and
dry their catches of sea fish.
St. Martins Island : This
small coral island about 10km (6mi) south-west of
the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical cliché,
with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful
marine life. There''s nothing more strenuous to do
here than soak up the rays, but it''s a clean and
peaceful place without even a mosquito to disrupt
your serenity. It''s possible to walk around the island
in a day because it measures only 8 sq km (3 sq mi),
shrinking to about 5 sq km (2 sq mi) during high tide.
Most of island''s 5500 inhabitants live primarily
from fishing, and between October and April fisher
people from neighbouring areas bring their catch to
the island''s temporary wholesale market. A ferry
leaves Teknaf for St Martin every day and takes around
Getting to St. Martin's is a three-step program. First
you'll need to fly or bus it down to Cox's Bazar,
and then catch a bus to Teknaf, which is right on
the very tip of Bangladesh, sandwiched up against
Myanmar. From Teknar, ferries run daily to St. Martin
Island. The total distance from Dhaka to the island
is 510km (316mi).
The Aggameda Khyang, Cox's Bazar
: Equally elaborate in plan, elevation and
decoration is the Aggameda Khyang near the entrance
to the Cox's Bazar town which nestles at the foot
of a hill under heavy cover of a stand of large trees.
The main sanctuary-cum-monastery is carried on a series
of round timber columns, which apart from accommodating
the prayer chamber and an assembly hall, also is the
repository of a large of small bronze Buddha images-mostly
of Burmese origin-- and some old manuscripts. Beyond
the main khyang to the south there is an elevated
wooden pavilion and a smaller brick temple with a
timber and corrugated metal root. Apart from bearing
an inscription in Burmese over its entrance the temple
contains some large stucco and bronze Buddha images.
Teknaf : Southernmost
tip of Bangladesh, Teknaf situated on the Naaf river
and just at the end of the hilly regions of the district.
Mayanmar is on the opposite bank of Naaf river. Wild
animals and birds are available but the most interesting
thing is a journey on the river. Wide sandy beach
in the backdrop of high hills with green forests is
an enchanting scene never to be forgotten.
The Cox's Bazar Holiday Complex of Bangladesh Parjatan
Corporation, the National Tourism Organization is
an ideal tourist resort having a number of facilities
for the visitors.