Golpata Eco-Tours

The Forgotten South: Barisal & Kuakata

   6 days / 5 nights
  No minimum pax

Experience authentic village life by rivers and beach.

If you manage to make it here, you'll be one of the few travelers who touched the grounds of the least developed region in Bangladesh. To arrive in Barisal, you must cross the river channels that disconnects the area from Dhaka and surrounding provinces. Then, explore Kuakata, from rice fields to beaches overlooking the Sundarbans. From river villages and floating markets, to the beaches connecting the Bay of Bengal with the Sundarbans, you'll see why they say that in Bangladesh, there are more rivers than roads.

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#rivers #floating markets #handicrafts #beach #villages #rice fields

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A Journey to the Lesser-Known South

Day 1: Greenline waterbus to Barisal
Day 2: Banaripari floating market and explore the river canals
Day 3: Villages around Barisal, bus to Kuakata
Day 4: Kuakata beach, sunset at Lemon Garden
Day 5: Motorbike ride to sunrise beaches, rice fields, Rakhine villages. In winter, possible to include day tour to the Sundarbans
Day 6: Direct bus back to Dhaka or continue to Sundarbans

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  • Transport according to program
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing according to program
  • Accommodation with breakfast and/or homestays with all meals included
Tips, some meals, and personal purchases

Day 1: The Greenline waterbus starts its journey at 8AM from Dhaka, so we leave our guesthouse or your hotel at 6AM. After arriving in Barisal, we go to our hotel, have lunch, and go sightseeing in Barisal where you'll see the religious diversity in visiting a mosque, a temple, and a church. Aim for early dinner and good sleep, because tomorrow we'll start again at sunrise.

Day 2: At 6AM, we take a Mahindra (type of tuk-tuk) to the port where we'll take a small boat to the Banaripari floating market and tour the many scenic canals in and around Barisal. The floating market is most lively on Tuesdays and Saturdays. After, we'll take lunch at a family restaurant in a local village. Overnight, we can stay at a hotel in Barisal or at a homestay in a village close to Barisal.

Day 3: We have breakfast in a village, then visit various handicraft workshops (baskets, mats etc.) around the area. After lunch, we'll take a local bus to Kuakata, a long beach coast that is a less-touristy, off-the-beaten track alternative to Cox's Bazar.

Day 4: The entire day is available for you to enjoy the beach. We can visit the lemon gardens for the most beautiful sunset, and spend the evening enjoying fresh crab, grilled seafood, or other local delicacies.

Day 5: During winter (Dec to Feb), we can take you on a day trip to the Sundarbans from Kuakata. On other times of the year, we will take a motorcycle journey through hidden beaches and rice fields to enjoy sunrise, visit a Rakhine village with a Buddhist temple, and discover interesting local markets.

Day 6: Head back to Dhaka by direct bus (about 10 hours) or by launch from a new port close to Patuakhali (operating by late 2018). Or, continue your trip to the Sundarbans.

Onwards Travel
Taking a river boat by Dhangmari eco-cottage village resort near Mongla, outside of UNESCO protected Sundarbans, the largest mangrove jungle in the world | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

An Alternative to the Sundarbans

5 day / 4 nights

Take a paddleboat into the small canals within the mangrove jungle. Stay at an eco-cottage supporting villages. Swim, maybe see dolphins, and relax to the tranquil sounds of nature.

#jungle #wildlife #boat rides #rivers #villages

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Beautiful beach of Cox's Bazar, the longest beach in the world | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar

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Relax at the world's longest beach.


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Rickshaw Wallahs in Dhaka | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

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As the capital city of the most densely-populated country in the world, Dhaka has it all.

#architecture #museums #rivers #shopping

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Golpata students visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Paharpur ruins (Somapura Mahavihara), the largest monastery south of the Himalaya in East Bengal ancient kingdoms | Photo by Golpata Eco Tours in Bangladesh

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9 days / 8 nights

Go off-the-beaten track to the least visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take a pause at NGOs, schools, craftswork, en route to ancient kingdoms.

#architecture #history #handicrafts #community projects

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