Barisal is the most happening city in south central part of Bangladesh, lying on the bank of kirtankhola. A destination for both local and international tourists. Barisal is enriched in cultural diversity and pristine natural beauty. Hotel Grand Park, Barisal is nestled strategically to pamper you and your companions as they travel to different locations ranging from Kuakata to the floating Gauva Market and many other tourist spots in southern Bangladesh.
Oxford Mission Church- Barisal
Oxford Mission (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Mission_Church) Epiphany Church, an Anglican Church is commonly known as Oxford Mission Church. The oldest and arguably also the second largest church in Asian continent. In the early twentieth century, the ancient Barisal River Port terminals came in notice of the Christian missionaries and they decided to build this Church.
This Church was established in the end of 19th century, in 1903 after the formation of Brotherhood of the Epiphany in 1895 and Sisterhood in 1902. It has been over 114 years since this magnificent red brick colonial structure was built and it is still one of the most elegant and beautiful churches with a unique architectural heritage in Bangladesh. The church has outlived many other old structures around the country. It has survived many natural disasters that wreaked havoc around the country over the past 100 years, including the ones of 1960 and 1970.
Give your eyes the unbound pleasure of seeing thousands acres of pink water lilies! The Water Lilies or shapla grows abundantly in a village named Satla 60 km from Barishal city in Bangladesh. It is known as the capital of Shapla or water lilies. The whole village is engaged in the cultivation of the flower. The water lilies grow for nine months, starting from March till November.
Hilsa fish also known as Ilish, national fish of Bangladesh, has a very prominent place in the history and culture of the Bengali people. This silver colored fish is renowned for its delicious taste. The Hilsa fish has a unique place in the heritage, culture and diet of the Bengali people. It is renowned for its taste and is a must have for special occasions.The national fish is found in abundance in various rivers of Bangladesh including the Kirtonkhola river.
Jibanananda Das is one of the most popular poets in Bengali Literature. Jibanananda Das was born on February 17, 1899 in Barishal and spent most of his life as an English literature teacher in BM College. He is popularly known as “Rupashi Banglar Kabi” or poet of beautiful Bengal. He was born to a Vaidya-Brahmo family who had ancestral roots in Bikrampur region of Dhaka district in Bangladesh.
Kuakata got its name from the early Rakhine Buddhist settlers. Kua means “well” and kata means “dug”. This is due to the wells that were dug to get freshwater for harvesting and drinking. Kuakata with its splendid sandy beach of about 18 kilometers offers a full view of both sunrise and sunset. It is the second largest unbroken stretch of beach in Bangladesh after Cox’s Bazar.
Kuakata is also known as Sagar Kannya (Daughter of the Sea).The best time to visit Kuakata is between January and April during the dry months with the least amount of rainfall, although there is also likely to be some rain during this time which helps keep the temperature pleasant for visiting tourists.
Guava is known as peyara/pearah or goyaa in Bangladesh. In English this fruit is also known as Apple Guava. In Bangladesh guava (peyara/pearah or goyaa) grows in abundantly in Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Chittagong districts which are the main guava producing provinces. Guava was first introduced by the Portuguese during the seventeenth century in Bangladesh. By origin guava is native to Mexico and Latin America that is tropical and sub-tropical American region. With its widespread cultivation now a days guava is regarded as an indigenous fruit of Bangladesh that grows and consumed all over the country. There are now over 140 varieties of guava found all around the world, but only a few have cultivation value.
The Baitul Aman Jame Masjid Complex also known as Guthia Mosque of Barisal has a land area of fourteen acres which is larger than the 8.30 acres of the Baitul Mukarram national mosque of Bangladesh.
The Baitul Aman Jame Masjid complex consists of a mosque, a huge Eidgah, a graveyard, three lakes, madrasa and an orphanage. The mosque was established on December 16, 2003 and was inaugurated on October 20, 2006 and is celebrated as a tourist spot in Bangladesh. It is only an hour away from Hotel Grand Park, Barisal.The mosque has separate praying facilities for women devotees. It embodies an outstanding atmosphere of sacredness for people from all over Bangladesh.
The Backwaters of Barisal are a network of intersected canals, rivers, a labyrinthine system formed by an elongated water ways and are often compared to the Indian Kerala and American Bayou.
Multiple number of rivers are surrounding this mid-southern part of Bangladesh, creating this amazing diversity in aqua-nature. There are more than 10 canals full of natural beauty that is utterly rare in entire Bangladesh and it has established itself because of its rich bio-diversity. Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mud-skippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers and cormorants and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters.
The southern region of Bangladesh is famous for guavas, more popularly known in Bangladesh as ‘Bengal’s Apple’. Especially in Jhalakathi Sadar Upazila and at Swarupkathi and Banaripara Upazila in Pirozpur, farmers heavily rely on guava farming. Such diversity of life is hardly to be found in other places of the country. Loss in guava farming in one season usually leads to extreme distress for the farmers throughout the year. The current year is one of those.
The eye-soothing guava orchards on canals over Jhalakathi’s Sugandha, Bishkhali, Gabkhan and Sandhya River are Southern region’s main places of guava farming. Every day, thousands of tons of guavas are supplied all across the country.