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Location of Patuakhali in Bangladesh
|• Total||3,220.15 km2 (1,243.31 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
Patuakhali(Bengali: পটুয়াখালী ) is a district in South-western Bangladesh. It is a part of the Barisal Division. This is the main entrance for the beach of Kuakata. Famous for watching both the sun rise and sun set, it is called "The Daughter of Sea".
Patuakhali city is surrounded on three sides by rivers. The two major rivers are Laukathi and Lohalia, which are directly connected with the Bay of Bengal. The city has an inland airport used for transport and private travel across the country.
There are 8 Upazilas/Thanas in this district. They are:
- Bauphal Upazila
- Dashmina Upazila
- Galachipa Upazila
- Kalapara Upazila
- Mirzaganj Upazila
- Patuakhali Sadar Upazila
- Dumki Upazila
- Rangabali Upazila
- Deputy Commissioner (DC): Mr. Amitav Sarkar 
- Superintendent of Police (SP): Mr. Md. Rofiqul Hassan Ghani 
- Administrator of Zila Porishod: Mr. Khan Mosharraf Hossain 
Agriculture is the profession of the most of the people. Fishing is also a prominent profession of this district. Thousands of boats go into the deep sea to fish and come back with tons of fish. Paddy, Jute, and different types of vegetables are the main product of agriculture sector.
The district of Patuakhali consists 3892 mosques, 187 temples, three Buddhist temples and two churches.
Places of interest
- There is a popular beach in this district at Kuakata, offering decent views of the Bay of Bengal.
- Mirzaganj (Year Uddin Khalipa's MAZAR)
- Kalaia Bandar (Rice's Hut)
- Mohipur (Fishing Boat).
- Patuakhali University of Science and Technology - located in Dumki Upazila and is known for being particularly strong in agriculture and IT education.
The City / Town
The city of Patuakhali is situated beside two local rivers: Laukathi River and Lohalia River. During high tides some of the regions of Patuakhali are flooded with river water. The Bay of Bengal is not far from the region.
At the entrance of the city there is a bridge that connects Barisal (the divisional city) with Patuakhali and Kuakata beach. The bridge is popular with visitors and every day many people pass some time on the bridge.
As Patuakhali is a coastal area, it is affected almost every year by natural disasters like cyclones, floods and tornadoes. To help the disaster-affected people, many NGO's are active in the area. They play a vital role in developing the life style of poor people.
The fruit trees indigenous to Patuakhali district areas as follows:
- The Mango or Aim (Mangifera indica);
- The Guava or Peyara (Psidium);
- The Jamun or Jam (Syzygium cumini);
- The Custard-apple or Aata (Annona reticulata);
- The Tamarind or Tetul (Tamarindus indica);
- The Grapefruit or Batabi nebu (Citrus grandis);
- The Lime or Nebu (Citrus aurantifolia);
- The Jackfruit or Kathal (Artocarpus heterophyllus);
- The Papaya or Pepe (Carica papaya);
- The pineapple or Anaras (Ananas comosus);
- The Bengal almond or Badam (Terminalia catappa);
- The Banana or Kala (Musa paradisiaca);
- The Coconut or Narikel (Cocos nucifera);
- The Lichi or Lichu (Litchi chinensis);
- The Pomegranate or Dalim (Punica granatum);
- The Date or Khejur (Phoenix sylvestris);
- The Fig or Dumur (Ficus hispida);
- The Haritaki (Terminalia chebula);
- The Palm or Tal (Borassus flabellifer);