Article by: Preeti P. Priyanka- Astute Horse
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. Palm trees, Sugarcane and Hog Palm orchards, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to surrounding landscape. The reflection of shadowy flora around the canals create a picturesque atmosphere for nature enthusiasts.
One of the many gateways to this attractive and exceptional area is Barisal and it ensures the highest comfort for travelers. There are multiple channels through which the backwater boat ride is accessible and all of them are in very short distance from Hotel Grand Park, Barisal. The famous backwater market has influenced the livelihood options of the locals. During Monsoon the guava market can ensure the most exciting experience for tourists. Round the year other items along with guava such as rice, vegetable, fruits takes over the floating market and guarantee an exceptional experience.
How to go:
There are three renowned gateways for a day long backwater trip and Hotel Grand Park is well equipped to offer the guests all the necessary logistics and support to assure a memorable trip. Our transport from hotel can take you to Banaripara from where you can arrange a small row boat. We can provide a lunchbox/ snacks-box prepared in our finest restaurant Bell’s Diner so you can enjoy your meal in the nature. You will be able to observe the unique natural splendor while exploring the channels. You can explore the famous floating market to experience this exceptional trade and lifestyle of the locals. You can get off the boat and spend time in the paddy field, betel leaf garden, guava garden and many more village activities. On the return journey you can indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the reflection of setting sun. After your disembarkation our transport can take you back to Hotel Grand Park where you can relax after the beautiful day.
Distance from Hotel Grand Park to Banaripara: approx. 54.9 km
Duration of journey (Hotel Grand Park to Banaripara): 2.5 hours