Cox’s Bazar

Cox's Bazar  is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in BangladeshCox’s Bazar  is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in Bangladesh. It is known for its wide and long sandy beach which is considered by many as the world’s longest natural sandy sea beach,The beach in Cox’ Bazar is an unbroken 125 km sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. It is located 150 km south of the industrial port Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name “Panowa”, whose literal translation means “yellow flower.” Its other old name was “Palongkee”. The modern Cox’s Bazar derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox (died 1799), an officer serving in British India. An officer of the British East India Company, Captain Cox was appointed Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after Warren Hastings became Governor of Bengal. Captain Cox was specially mobilised to deal with a century-long conflict between Arakan refugees and local Rakhains. He embarked upon the mammoth task of rehabilitating refugees in the area and made significant progress. A premature death took Captain Cox in 1799 before he could finish his work. To commemorate his role in rehabilitation work a market was established and named after him Cox’s Bazar (“Cox’s Market”).

Today, Cox’s Bazar is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh, however it has yet to become a major international tourist destination, with no international hotel chains operating there, due to lack of publicity and transportation

Main attractions

Attractions for visitors are conch shell market, tribal handicraft, salt and prawn cultivation.

Besides, the longest sea-beach, Cox’s Bazar and its adjoin areas have a lot of things to see and places deserve visit by the tourists.

Himchari:

 It is about 32 km. South of Cox's Bazar along the beachIt is about 32 km. South of Cox’s Bazar along the beach, a nice place for picnic and shooting. The famous “Broken Hills” and waterfalls here are rare sights.

Inani:

It is about 32 km. South of Cox's Bazar and just on the beachIt is about 32 km. South of Cox’s Bazar and just on the beach, with the sea to the west and a background of steep hills to the east. Inani casts a magic spell on those who step into that dreamland. It is only half an hour’s drive from Cox’s Bazar and an ideal place for Sea-bathing and picnic.

Maheskhali:

An island off the coast of Cox's Bazar. It has an area of 268 square kilometers.An island off the coast of Cox’s Bazar. It has an area of 268 square kilometers. Through the centre of the island and along the eastern coast line rises a range of low hills, 300 feet high; but the coast to the west and north is a lowlying treat, fringed by mangrove jungle. In the hills on the coast is built the shrine of Adinath, dedicated to siva. By its side on the same hill is Buddhist Pagoda.

Ramu:

This is a typical Buddhist village, about 16 km. from Cox's BazarThis is a typical Buddhist village, about 16 km. from Cox’s Bazar, on the main road to Chittagong. There are monasteries, khyangs and pagodas containing images of Buddha in gold, bronze and other metals inilaid with precious stones.One of the most interesting of these temples is on the bank of the Baghkhali river. It houses not only interesting relics and Burmes handicrafts but also a large bronze statue of Buddha measuring thirteen feet high and rests on a six feet high pedestal. The wood carving of this khyang is very delicate and refined.The village has a charm of its own. Weavers ply there trade in open workshops and craftsmen make handmade cigars in their pagoda .

Sonadia Island:

It is about seven kilometer of Cox's Bazar and about nine square kilometer in areaIt is about seven kilometer of Cox’s Bazar and about nine square kilometer in area. The western side of the island is sandy and different kinds of shells are found on the beach. Off the northern part of the island, there are beds of window pane oysters. During winter, fisherman set up temporary camps on the island and dry their catches of sea fish.

St. Martins Island:

This small coral island about 10km (6mi) south-west of the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical clichéThis small coral island about 10km (6mi) south-west of the southern tip of the mainland is a tropical cliché, with beaches fringed with coconut palms and bountiful marine life. There”s nothing more strenuous to do here than soak up the rays, but it”s a clean and peaceful place without even a mosquito to disrupt your serenity.It”s possible to walk around the island in a day because it measures only 8 sq km (3 sq mi), shrinking to about 5 sq km (2 sq mi) during high tide. Most of island”s 5500 inhabitants live primarily from fishing, and between October and April fisher people from neighbouring areas bring their catch to the island”s temporary wholesale market. A ferry leaves Teknaf for St Martin every day and takes around 3 hours.Getting to St. Martin”s is a three-step program. First you”ll need to fly or bus it down to Cox”s Bazar, and then catch a bus to Teknaf, which is right on the very tip of Bangladesh, sandwiched up against Myanmar. From Teknar, ferries run daily to St. Martin Island. The total distance from Dhaka to the island is 510km (316mi).

Teknaf:

Southernmost tip of Bangladesh, Teknaf situated on the Naaf river and just at the end of the hilly regions of the district.Southernmost tip of Bangladesh, Teknaf situated on the Naaf river and just at the end of the hilly regions of the district. Mayanmar is on the opposite bank of Naaf river. Wild animals and birds are available but the most interesting thing is a journey on the river. Wide sandy beach in the backdrop of high hills with green forests is an enchanting scene never to be forgotten.