Located about 6 km northwest of Cox’s Bazaar, Moheshkhali Island has a mixed population of Buddhist, Hindu and Muslims. The main attraction of Maheshkhali is the Adinath temple and ashram dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The island is accessible by a 15 minutes speedboat ride from Kastura Ghaat in Cox’s Bazaar.
The origin of the name is from an age old legend. It is said that a ship loaded with gold sunk there centuries ago during an attack by Portugese pirates, and an island formed around the ship-wreck. The tiny 4.63 sq km island, located 7 km from Cox’s Bazaar, is accessible by speedboat from Kastura Ghat. The island is an ideal place for tourists interested in buying dried pomfret fish. Sonadia also acts as a temporary sanctuary for migrating birds such as petrels, geese, curlews, ducks and other water fowl. It was once renowned for pink pearls.
Himchhori & Inani Beach
One of the main attractions of Cox’s Bazaar is to the “Broken Hills” and waterfalls of Himchori (18 km south from Cox’s Bazar) and Inani beach (14 km south from Himchori). The journey is an exotic drive along the seashore. Inani beach is famous for its rock and coral boulders.
It is a Buddhist monastery located at the eastern end of town. It represents the Burmese style architecture. The main sanctuary is built around massive timber columns. The floors are made of teak. Behind Aggameda Khyang is Maha Thin Daw Gree, a vast spread of Buddhist structures.
Ramu & Lamapara
Ramu and Lamapara towns are special for their Buddhist Khyangs (temples). Ramu is located 14 km east of Cox’s Bazaar, just off the Chittagong road. There is also a beautiful monastery containing images of Buddha in bronze, silver and gold, and inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones. Lamapara is a palm shaded village, 5 km from Ramu and accessible only by zigzag village roads. The Burmese Bara Khyang in Lamapara has the country’s largest bronze Buddha statue. The temple has three wooden buildings which house a number of precious Buddhist images in silver and gold set with gems.
The bank of river Naf and the Bay of Bengal make up the Teknaf Town, which is the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. Its beauty of hills, forests, Naf River and the beach makes Teknaf a splendid destination for tourists. The salt fields on the bank of River Naf are an interesting sight for visitors.
St. Martin’s Island
It is a small island in the northeast part of the Bay of Bengal and about 9km south of the tip of Cox’s Bazaar-Teknaf peninsula forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. The local name of the island is Narikel Jinjira meaning Coconut Island. It is the only coral island of Bangladesh. It exists only because of its coral base. It also has the country’s only clear water suitable for snorkeling. The island also provides nesting ground for turtles.
For all activities we strongly recommend you to use the assistance of a local guide. This will enhance your experience and ensure your safety.
|Languages spoken||Bangla, Chitagonian|