Encompassing several river deltas and marshes on the Bay of Bengal, Barisal is one of the eight administrative divisions of Bangladesh. It has been nicknamed the “Granary of Bengal” due to its rice cultivation, while it’s also an important shipment hub for dried beans and lentils.
Things to do in Barisal
With magnificent mosques, beautiful beaches and a vibrant birdlife, Barisal is not to be missed.
Visit the Guthia Mosque. North of Barisal is one of Bangladesh’s biggest mosque complexes, the Baitul Aman Jame Masjid, which was established in 2003 on a design by Mohammad Ameenul Haque. It was inspired by Islamic architecture from the Arab world, with 20 domes and a 58-metre-high minaret that is the tallest in the country. Marvel at the calligraphies by Ayatul Kursi and photograph the mosque reflected in the surrounding lakes.
Relax on Kuakata Beach. South of Barisal is this 18-kilometre-long beach, which is known locally as "Sagor Konya" or “Daughter of Sea”. Due to its position and orientation, it’s the perfect spot to watch both sunrise and sunset. You can refresh with a swim in the waters of the Bay of Bengal or relax on the beach with the resident cows. Adjacent to the beach is Kuakata National Park, which has been designated as a “safe zone” for vultures.
Birdwatch at Durga Sagar. Southern Bangladesh’s largest lake is Durga Sagar, which encompasses around 25 hectares north of Barisal. It was originally excavated in 1780 to provide water for the local people and is now a popular tourist destination. You can cast a fishing line to see what’s biting or enjoy a stroll along the shore while watching birds come and go from the lake’s forested island.
Getting around Barisal
Barisal Airport is the main aviation gateway to Barisal and has regular flights to Dhaka. By road, the Bangladeshi capital is around five hours away. Buses connect to cities, towns and villages throughout Barisal while renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around the division.