Kuakata is about 320 Kilometers south of Dhaka, the capital, and about 100 km from Barisal and 70 km from Patuakhali district headquarters. It is a wide sandy beach of 30 km long and 6 km wide, The name Kuakata originated from the word ‘Kua’-the Bengali word for “Well” which was dug on the sea shore by the early Rakhine settlers in quest of collecting drinking water, who landed on Kuakata coast in the eighteenth century after being expelled from Arakan (Myanmar) by the Mughals.Afterwards, it has become a tradition of digging well in the neighborhoods of Rakhaine tribes for water.
Kuakata is one of the rarest places where one can see the full view of both sunrise and sunset from the same white sandy beach in the water of the Bay of Bengal. Here tourists can also enjoy the unique lifestyle of the tribal people known as the Rakhaines. They are friendly and well known for their hospitality. Fisherman village is another place where you can visit and watch the lifestyle of the Fisherman. If you are adventurous you may also go for fishing on the fishing boat. That will give you pleasure and experience, which you won’t be able to gather from anywhere else. Tourists can also visit a vast Buddhist statue in Misry Para near Kuakata. Kuakata is the place of pilgrimage for both Hindu and Buddhist communities. Innumerable devotees arrive here at the festival of ‘Rush Purnima’ and ‘Maghi Purnima’. On these two occasions the pilgrims take holy bath at the bay and participate in the traditional fairs. You may also visit the 100 years old Buddhist Temple where the statue of Goutama Buddha and two wells of 200 years old are located.
From Kuakata you can also visit a part of the great Sundarban forest, which is called Fatrar Chor.
Kuakata is locally known as Shagor Konna (Daughter of the Sea), the long strip of dark, marbled sand stretches for about 30km. The long and wide beach at Kuakata has a typical natural setting. This sandy beach has gentle slopes into the Bay of Bengal. Kuakata is also a sanctuary for migratory winter birds.
Finally, At Kuakata excellent mishmash of the scenic natural beauty, sandy seaside, blue sky, huge expanse of water of the Bay and evergreen forest in truly attention-grabbing.
How to go to Kuakata
If you want to go from Capital city Dhaka directly by bus, start from Gabtoli Bus Stand. Everyday 5 or 6 buses of different companies start at night from here and reaches Kuakata in the morning the next day. A direct BRTC bus service is also available from Dhaka to Kuakata that leaves from Sayedabad Bus terminal at night. But it might be a hectic bus journey as a number of ferries are there on the way to Kuakata by road. BRTC has introduced direct bus service from Dhaka to Kuakata via Barisal.
Another way is Dhaka to Patuakhali by river boat locally known as “Launch”. They leave from Dhaka Sadarghat launch terminal between 4 to 7 PM. It is advisable to go Patuakhali by launch, which is an overnight journey, and you can enjoy the unique beauty of Bangladesh Rivers at nighttime during this journey. You will reach Pautakhali around 7 to 8 AM. From here you have to take a local bus to Kuakata, Distance between Pautakhali and Kuakata is about 70 km. Instead of Patuakhali you can go to Khepupara by launch, which is also an overnight journey and from Khepupara you can go to Kuakata by microbus.
Where to stay and dive
There is a Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation owned Motel and Guest house. There are 30 to 40 hotels of private ownership. Among them 8 to 10 are upto the mark. Some of these hotels have there own restaurants. But if you want to drive outside you can go to Khabarghar, Hotel Barisal, Hotel Rajdhani, Hotel Joy etc. There restaurant take orders to supply foods according to you own demand.
Previously tourists did not feel comfort there due to poor transport and poor housing places. But recent times a lot of development done by the government and local business owners.