Barisal is one of the seven administrative divisions of Bangladesh. Located in the south-central part of the country, it has an area of 13,644.85 km2 (5,268.31 sq mi), and a population of 8,147,000 at the 2011 Barisal division is criss-crossed by numerous rivers that earned her the nickname 'Dhan-Nodi-Kaal, Ei tine Barisal' (rice, river and canal built Barisal).
Barisal was a semi-independent area in the Mughal period because of heavy fighting between them and Hindu chiefs, the last being Raja Nakuleswar Bose. In course of time, it fell under Bengal Nawabs and British India, later passed to Bangladesh.
The central city of this region is the city of Barisal. It is one of the biggest river ports in Bangladesh. It is a city with nearly 0.38 million people and a divisional headquarters, medical college, cadet college, some pharmaceutical industries, textile industries and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's head office. Barisal is fast growing city of the country stands on the Kirtankhola River. Country's first short landing and take off airport has been completed in Barisal and a private Airlines named Air Bengal has begun its regular air flight between Dhaka Tejgaon Airport and Barisal. The city is sometimes called the "Venice of the East" or the "Venice of Bengal".
Nijhum Dweep National Park
Location: Hatiya Upazila in Noakhali District, at the confluence of the Meghna estuary on the Bay of Bengal
Area: 16,352 hectares
- Mangrove Island forest,
- Breeding spot of Spotted Deer,
- Migratory Birds,
- Estuary reported to harbor the Ganges River Dolphin and many more.
Habitat, Flora & Fauna Habitat, Flora & Fauna: Mangrove forest, More than 5000 Spotted deer, monkey, Migratory Birds and Ganges River Dolphin
Description: Part of what is now Nijhum Dweep National Park was originally proposed as a Sanctuary for the conservation of a wide variety of waterfowl, including the migratory shorebirds, and a large number of mammals. The area includes a cluster of islands, mainly Ballar Char, Kamlar Char, Char Osman and Char Muri.
Char Kukri-Mukri Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: In southern Char Fashion Upazilla of Bhola District, some 130 km from Barisal Town in the Gangetic Delta ofsouthern Bangladesh
Area: 40 hectares
Attraction: Herons, Egrets and other water fowls
Habitat, Flora & Fauna Habitat, Flora & Fauna: Mangrove forest species include Hogla and Hargoja, Keora and Khalisha. Mammals include Fishing Cat and Oriental Smallclawed Otter. More than eight species of heron breed in the sanctuary. Other water fowl include egrets, bitterns and Grey Pelican. All three species of monitor lizard known for Bangladesh are reported from this Sanctuary.
Description: The Char Kukri-Mukri Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1981, primarily to provide a breeding ground for a large colony of herons, egrets and other water fowls. It covers only 40 hectares of pond or marshy land, although the original char has grown through accretion. The Forest Department has added plantations of Keora which are now nearing 30 years of age.
Kuakata National Park
Location: 71 km south to the Patuakhali District town in Kolapara Upazila at the extreme southern part of the country.
Area: 5,661 hectares
- Coastal ecosystem,
- Migratory birds,
- Unique culture of ethnic Rakhain tribe
Habitat, Flora & Fauna Habitat, Flora & Fauna: Mangrove species like Keora, Gewa, Baen, Sundri, Kankra, Goran, Hental, Golpatta etc, are found making habitat for wildlife like Wild Boar, Deer, Monkeys and numerous birds. Some indigenous birds like Korali Duck, Bali Hansh, Bonbok, Seagull, Goose, Chokha, Chaime, Prime, Oluhor, Horian, along with migratory birds inhibit the area.
Description: The mangrove forests, ethnic culture, ancient monuments and scenic beauty of the beach make Kua-kata a heaven for nature lovers. It is the only place from where you can enjoy both sunrise and sunset, from the same location.
Sonar Char Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: About 32 km south to Barguna town, 80 km south to Galachipa, Patuakhali and 3.5 hrs by boat from Kua-kata.
Area: 2026 ha.
- About 3 km long undisturbed sea beach,
- Large number of wintering ducks and shorebirds,
- Small population of spotted Deer
Habitat, Flora & Fauna Habitat, Flora & Fauna: Migratory birds, specially shorebirds, White-bellid Sea-Eagle, Spotted deer, Wild bore, Golden Jackal and small Indian Mongoose.
Description: At Sonar Char Wildlife Sanctuary, the soils are non-saline throughout the year over substantial amount of areas in the north, but grow to be saline to varying degrees in the dry season. In the north-east, there is moderately deep flooding during the wet season. A good number of weeds grow in this area and several types of palms and bamboo chumps grow throughout the wildlife sanctuary. Wild goose, wild duck, jungle fowls, cranes and spines are among the notable avian species found in this area.
Tengragiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: 7.2 km from Sitakunda town
Location: 32 km south of Barguna town and 30 minutes by engine boat from Kua-kata, in Taltoli Upazilla of Barguna district.
Area: 4048 ha.
- Coastal ecosystem,
- Migratory birds,
- Isolated 3 km long sea beach.
Habitat, Flora & Fauna Habitat, Flora & Fauna: Spotted deer, Barking deer, Wild boar and crocodiles in captive. Wild mammals include Golden jackal, Squirrels and jungle Cat. Birds include Lasser Whistling Duck, Egrets, Wintering Shorebirds, Brown-headed gull, Flycatchers, Pipits and wagtails.
Description: Beach lovers will find it a paradise in this little known tourist destination. Natural mangrove forest and plantation at the edge of the sea make Tengagiri a must go destination.
BIBICHINI SHAHI MOSQUE
Location: Barguna District
Attraction: Historical place
Description: Historical Bibichini Shahi Mosque: Bibichini Shahi Mosque is located in Bibichini Union which is under Betagi Upajila, Barguna District. In 1659, A Muslim saint named Hazrat Shah Neyamat Ullah (Rah.) was come here from Persia to Perching Islam in this region. He renamed this masque as Bibichini Shahi Mosque as his daughter name and he also renamed this village as Bibichini village.
The mosque is 33ft long, 33ft width and the wall of the mosque are 6ft wide. Three graves are located beside the mosque which is completely exclusion. Those graves are 40-45 ft long. According to the local people, those graves are Hazrat Shah Naimat Ullah and his two daughters Chinibibi and Isabibi. In 1700, this great Muslim Saint Hazrat Shah Neyamat Ullah (Rah.) was died and buried him beside the mosque.
Location: Near Kuakata
Attraction: Sea beach, Mangrove forest
Description: Fatra’s chor is the nice tourist place near Kuakata beach. From Kuakata traveler may visit the Fatrar Chor. Fatrar Chor is also known as Fatrar Bon. As the Fatrar Chor is the part of Sundarban so it is mangrove forest. Fatrar Bon is fairly big forest in Kuakata. There are many Timber trees available here. The tree of this forest in very hard and strong. And the wood of this trees are very long lasting and also costly. A wood business is started at that place and these woods are supplied in all over the country.
How to go : At first traveler have to rent an engine boat near the beach. It may take about an hour boat journey from Kuakata sea beach. After the thrilling journey traveler will reach at Fatrar chor or Fatrar bon. There is a nice canal in that place and forest beside the canal. Now traveler should enter at the forest after taking the permission from forest camp. There are many wild birds, some monkey, some rabbit, deer and some other animal found at that jungle.
If travelers want to visit Fatrar chor some tour agency is available in Kuakata to bring the traveler at fatrar chor and It is really a nice place to visit.
Location: Bhola, Barishal
Description: Bhola is a district in south-western Bangladesh. It is located in the Barisal Division. It is also the largest offshore island region in Bangladesh. It is bounded by Lakshmipur and Barisal districts to the north, Bay of Bengal to the south, Lakshmipur and Noakhali districts, Meghna (lower) river and Shahbazpur Channel to the east, Patuakhali district and Tentulia river to the west.
Bhola Island (also called Dakhin Shabazpur) is the largest island of Bangladesh with an area of 1441 km². It is situated at the mouth of the Meghna River. There are ferry services from Maju Chowdhury Ghat, Lakshmipur District and from Barisal town.
In 1995, half of the island became flooded, leaving 500,000 people homeless
Attraction: Island, watching Wildlife.
Description: Monpura is a well known name in Bangladesh after releasing a movie as same name directed by Gias uddin selim. Actually, Monpura is one of the beautiful islands in Bangladesh.
This Island has different historical importance from colonial times. About 600 years ago, Portuguese pirates used to take shelter in the Monpura island. When the Portugueses were left the island, people from Bhola, Laxmipur and Noakhali started living there.
Bhola is the biggest island in Bangladesh. It's situated the most south parts in Bangladesh. The 20 charlands in the 350-square kilometre island on the Meghna near the Bay of Bengal are now green spots surrounded by sea, presenting a rare beauty not seen in any other southern region of the country. The main land of Bhola is created by the river Meghna's poli. The interesting thing is a journey in the Island; Varieties of wild life with green forests are an enchanting scene never to be forgotten.
The main attractions of monpura are chitra Horin [Deer], Monkey, python, dolphin & lots of various types of Birds. The greens created by the Forest Department about a decade ago and the natural beauty has turned coastal Monpura inland in Bhola into an attractive tourist spot. Animals were also released at same period. During winter, thousands of migratory birds visit the islands. The significantly exclusive feature of island is one can see both sunrise and sunset from some of its location.