Article by: ATM Tahsin – Astute Horse
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 Kirtankhola river. Barishal city is on the banks of the Kirtankhola River where Hilsha catching has become a tourist attraction.
The best time to watch Hilsa catching is between April to October when trawlers and boats from the Kirtankhola River brings Hilsa to Barisal.
Hilsa is an anadromous fish which means it is born in fresh water but lives most of its life in the sea (Bay of Bengal) and comes back to the rivers to spawn. It is on such occasion when the Hilsa is caught as they come upstream to lay eggs. The Hilsa is said to be the tastiest when they come to the rivers to spawn as the fresh river water reduces its otherwise salty taste.
The Hilsa fish is rich in food value with Omega 3 fatty acids and can be smoked, steamed, baked or fried. It can be cooked in numerous ways to make delicious dishes. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for normal metabolism and plays a vital role in human diet and physiology.
If you are in Barishal between April and October you should definitely visit the Kirtankhola River to watch Hilsa catching. Barishal has a lot of local attractions like the guava markets and the Baitul Aman Jame Masjid Complex. One can find plenty of reasons to visit Barishal in south-central Bangladesh and once you are in Barishal you are welcomed to stay at Hotel Grand Park, Barishal. Hotel Grand Park, Barishal can organize your travels to visit local attractions like Hilsha catching in the Kirtankhola River.
You may contact them at +880 177 773 5175 for details.