Kuakata (Bengali: কুয়াকাটা) is a town in southern Bangladesh known for its panoramic sea beach. Kuakata beach is a sandy expanse 18 kilometres (11 mi) long and 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) wide. From the beach one can have an unobstructed view of both sunrise and sunset over the Bay of Bengal.
From top: Fishing, Sunset at Kuakata beach, Buddhist temples, Sea shore, Mangrove forest and Kuakata Grand Hotel & Sea Resort
Daughter of Sea (সাগরকন্যা)
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The name Kuakata originated from the word 'kua' — the Bengali word for "well" which was dug on the seashore by the early Rakhine settlers(Burmese tribes) in quest of collecting drinking water. They landed on the Kuakata coast in the 18th century after being expelled from Arakan (Myanmar) by the Burmese extremists . Afterwards, it has become a tradition of digging wells in the neighbourhoods of Rakhaine tribes for water.
Kuakata is a place of pilgrimage for Hindu and Buddhist communities. Innumerable devotees arrive here at the festivals of 'Rush Purnima' and 'Maghi Purnima'. On these occasions the pilgrims take holy baths at the bay and participate in the traditional fairs. One may visit a 100-year-old Buddhist temple where the statue of Goutama Buddha and two 200-year-old wells are located.
The town Kuakata has sea beach named Kuakata Beach. Many tourists visit the place to see the beach although it hasn’t international recognition like Cox's Bazar Beach but it is popular in Bangladesh. There are many places tourist visit such as -
- Kuakata National Park
- Kuakata Ecopark
- Forest of Fatra
- Well of Kuakata
- Shima Buddhist Monastery
- Rakhaine settlement of Keranipara
- Alipur Port
- Mishripara Buddhist Monastery
- Forest of Gangamati
- List of cities and towns in Bangladesh
- Cox's Bazar – a tourist beach town in southeastern Bangladesh
- Patenga – a tourist beach in the city of Chittagong
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- কুয়াকাটা সমুদ্র সৈকত [Kuakata beach]. Kalapara Upazila (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 8 June 2016.
- Kuakata Travel Guide
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