Jhalokati District

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Location of Jhalakati in Bangladesh
Location of Jhalakati in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 22°38′35″N 90°12′00″E / 22.6431°N 90.2000°E / 22.6431; 90.2000Coordinates: 22°38′35″N 90°12′00″E / 22.6431°N 90.2000°E / 22.6431; 90.2000
Country  Bangladesh
Division Barisal Division
 • Total 758.06 km2 (292.69 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 682,669
 • Density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Literacy rate
 • Total 51.2%
Time zone BST (UTC+6)

Jhalokati (Bengali: ঝালকাঠি জেলা) is a district in South-western Bangladesh. It is a part of the Barisal Division.[1] With an area of 758.06 km2, Jhalokati is bounded by Barisal district to the north and east, Barguna district and the Bishkhali river in the south, Lohagara Upazila and Pirojpur district to the west. Annual average temperatures: maximum 33.3°C, minimum 12.1°C; annual rainfall 2506 mm. Main rivers in this district are Bishkhali, Sugandha, Dhanshiri, Gabkhan, Jangalia and Bamanda, Bajitpur River.


The district is administratively subdivided into 4 upazilas, these are:

  1. Jhalokati Sadar Upazila
  2. Kathalia Upazila
  3. Nalchity Upazila
  4. Rajapur Upazila


Administrator of Zila Porishod: Sarder Mohammad Shah Alam [1]

Deputy Commissioner (DC): Md. Shakhawat Hossain [2]


  • Roads & Highways:
  • Rural communications: Water transport is a major attraction in Jhaokathi district. People can travel at a cheap cost by boats and various types of engine boats. Jhalokathi is famous for beautiful rivers and cannals like Barisal. Tourists can find it enjoyable to travel through boats.


The district of Jhalokati consists 2475 mosques, 46 temples and five Buddhist temples.


Print media:

  • Prothom Alo (National)
  • The Daily Kaler kantho (National)
  • Daily Samakal (National)


Satellite Television:

Rice huller[edit]

Between 1940 and 1975, Jhalakati was famous for the only automatic rice huller in the region owned by Shudhangshu Bhushan Das Son of Aswini Kumar Das. It was a thriving complex built on an area approximately 2 square kilometer. The smoke from the chimney served as a navigation landmark by passing steamers while the factory siren could be heard from as far as Barisal. After the company declared bankruptcy in 1975 their descendants eventually migrated to India and other parts of Bangladesh. The massive ruins of the factory can still be seen at west Chandkati.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Humayun Rahman (2012). "Jhalokati District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.