MadhabKunda: A place you don’t want to miss!

This time, I am not going to guide you to madhabkunda! This time, I am going to share with you a story, the story about a boy visiting Madhabkunda for the first time.

He was told that there was a waterfall where they were going, he was told that it was beautiful! The boy could not care less about the place being beautiful, all he cared about was the waterfall. It was an overcast day, it was the rainy season and it had rained last night .He was with his parents, the micro bus was running through narrow but smooth roads leaving behind tea gardens, rubber gardens! All of these,on any other circumstances, would have made the boy want to stop there on the tea gardens or rubber gardens. But he was too busy thinking about Madhabkunda! Suddenly someone pointed out of the window and shouted ” Look! “. It took a moment or two before the boy realized what he was asked to see and then he saw it…the blue outlines of far tall hills what seemed to him like mountains! He was told that they were going there. The boy became even more restless. He kept his gaze fixed on those outlines as the hills kept coming closer to him. He saw white cloud sitting there on the hills and for the first time that day thought if he could go there! After some time, he could not see the hills anymore because of trees. What he did not realize was that now they were nearly inside the hill tracks! The road took a left turn to a lesser road,it was bumpy but the boy was enjoying every moment when he was informed that they will be there soon. The area looked uninhabited, the boy saw no one, only the trees and jungles and bushes.

They had to come off the microbus as the driveway ended, and the boy was free now! He started to run but was soon stopped by his father. He was told that the path was too sleepy and thus dangerous. The boy could hardly wait. As they walked by a small river with very strong current what seemed to him, he heard a distant rumbling sound and was told that it was the sound from the waterfall. The boy wanted to run but was held tightly by the hand,and the muddy path was slippy indeed. As they walked, the whole area was getting foggy, the boy wondered why! The sound was getting louder and the fog was getting heavier…and then, with a left turn into a rocky opening, he saw it! He did not want to run anymore, he did not want to jump into the water, he did not want to scream, all he wanted to do was see! The water was coming down angrily and roared into the ground. The fog was coming from the impact of water on solid stone and water! Trust me, it was beautiful! After the initial shock was over, the boy became a boy again and started to play,heavily guarded by his parents though! On his way back,he saw two elephants with tribal people and he was lucky enough to ride one of them! How could a day get any better?

I have skipped many parts and places and natural beauty as it was not a travel story, it was a memory! I will be more than happy to provide any information you ask for. I have been there 10-12 times and I know the place very well.  It is heart breaking that the place has been stripped off many of its natural beauties in the recent years, but still it is beautiful enough to give at least 3 visits! So do it at least once, you will regret if you don’t!

COX’S BAZAR: A sea beach could not get better! – Part 1

Ever thought of visiting a beach that never ends?

cox's bazar sea beach that never ends.

Cox’s bazar sea beach that never ends.

Where cliffs tower up here and there, waves come crashing into you and you could shop for handmade clothes or enjoy mouthwatering seafood? All these things come in one great package; Cox’s Bazaar! Cox’s bazar sea beach!

Let me take you there through this article!

Cox’s bazar sea beach is nearly 150 km away from the port district Chittagong. You could take a flight to Cox’s bazaar or you could take a direct luxurious bus to your destination from the capital Dhaka. There are several very luxurious bus services you could take and this is the most convenient way to go there as flights might not be available all the time. Moreover what adds to your advantage is that you would not need to change transport. It should take about 9 hours to reach there by bus.

luxurious buses go to cox's bazar

luxurious buses go to cox’s bazar

Cox's bazar airport

Cox’s bazar airport

Please don’t get bored just to see the duration of the journey because you would not get the chance to get bored while you are travelling. The countryside might be more beautiful than most of the places you have visited before; take full advantage of the journey and enjoy it. The part from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar is likely to take your breath away as the road twists around hills and forest going upwards and downwards. There’s no need to be afraid, the journey is as safe as any you have encountered!

coxsbazar seagull hotel

coxsbazar seagull hotel

Hold your breath as your bus enters the town, the road slopes down and you would suddenly see the sea. For a moment or two you might find yourself wishing that the bus goes on right into the cox’s bazar sea beach but sadly it will turn right! It is recommended to make a reservation in a hotel in advance during the winter as walk-ins could be hard to find in quality hotels and motels. Don’t waste your time, freshen up and go out there. Admire the beauty of the longest beach of the world. There is a small problem if you are a foreign visitor. The locals might show interest in more than you would like. There is a workaround, an exciting and beautiful workaround!

Inani sea beach at Cox's bazar

Inani sea beach at Cox’s bazar

Take a ride and go about 32 km south of the town, you are likely to find Inani beach, where golden sand goes on for about 100 miles unbroken! The bay of Bengal in front of your eyes, you standing on golden sand and steep hills before your eyes if you turn around; what more could you want? Yes there could be one more thing that you would like; a stream! Don’t be surprised when I say there is small fountain that comes down the hills in walking distance. Yes this is Cox’s Bazar! the complete package! The inani sea beach near cox’s bazar sea beach is much less crowded and ideal for sea baths and perhaps a picnic.

This is just a part of things you could do here. There is more to come!

Click here to read Part 2 of this article

If you want to go to cox’s bazar by train, there are no direct train service. You can go to Chittagong from Dhaka by train and then go to Cox’s bazar by bus from Chittagong. Dhaka to Chittagong train schedule.

COX’S BAZAR: A sea beach could not get better! – Part 2

Try spending a full day here at Inani beach.

As the daylight starts to fade, get yourself seated facing west. You are about to experience something you have never experienced before as beautifully. The red hot sun will come down into the horizon. It would seem very close to you and you might feel like running into the see and touch it. Well words are not enough to describe the scene or the feeling. You must come and see it yourself. Spending time there as it starts to get dark is never a waste of time as the darkness will sharpen your ears and you will be able to listen to the sounds you could not notice so far, the sound of waves this cox’s bazar sea beach crushing into sand, the sound of wind blowing through the trees, sounds of unknown birds! You could enjoy the sea in moonlight or you could celebrate life watching the stars in crystal clear sky!

Colorful ornaments shelves in a stall at Cox's bazar sea beach

Colorful ornaments shelves in a stall at Cox’s bazar sea beach

There are several other things you could do during your stay at Cox’s Bazar specially new  cox’s bazar sea beach. If you are a shopping lover then you are in luck. There are unique things you could buy. Ornaments made of colourful shells are available everywhere. You could buy handmade tribal clothes and handicrafts. You could also buy different pickles and spices if you like.

The better hotels offer alcohol. If you need to put off your thirst. But you might not find your favorites here if you are an enthusiastic and the service quality might not be up to your expectations. The prices might be higher than you expect.

food at mermaid cafe in cox's bazar

food at mermaid cafe in cox’s bazar

One of the best parts of Cox’s Bazar Sea beach is the food of this place. You can find almost anything here starting from tribal, local, traditional Bangladeshi to International such as Thai or Chinese food here. So if your stomach is ready to take anything then jump in, throw it a challenge and take the taste of your lifetime!

The easiest way to get around places is by rickshaw.

The fare should not be more than 20 BDT in most cases. The rickshaw pullers tend to demand more from the foreigners so this is something to be careful of.

 

There are places as beautiful you could visit if you have enough time around Cox’s Bazar sea beach such as Maheshkali, Ramu, Sonadia Island, Teknaf and many more. Each place is worth visiting if you can manage!

So if you are looking for a travel destination you have already found it. Please don’t think twice before coming to Cox’s Bazaar sea beach, a natural wonder, as this could be an experience of a lifetime and a story you would love to tell in many years to come!

Chittagong Naval beach: beauty of a river meeting the sea

Naval academy sea beach, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Naval academy sea beach, Chittagong, Bangladesh (photo by Babulal (Ain Sunny))

Want to enjoy the beauty of a river meeting the sea? The port city Naval beach is a must visit! Chittagong hosts many naturally beautiful places, but the Naval Beach is a stand out which is not talked of very often.

The Naval Beach is not that much popular as it is not considered as traditional travel destinations such as sea beaches, mountains or waterfalls. But trust me; you would not be able to deny its beauty having seen it!

I would recommend starting the journey, which should not take more than 40 minutes from city center, in the afternoon so it is late afternoon when you reach there. The journey itself would become a pleasure as the road runs along the river and wonderful riverside sceneries!  Suddenly you might find yourself lost into the vastness of the sea when the road takes a steep turn and the riverbanks seem to vanish into the near horizon. You would not be able to praise the sunset here but you will certainly enjoy the river and sea glowing red!

The whole thing gets a whole lot better as the night falls. The twilight created by the lights coming from the docked or mid-river ships is sure to give you an unearthly feeling! The cool sea air into your hair would give you somewhat heavenly experience. It is hard to keep track of time and you will only realize that it is getting late when your stomach starts to growl in hunger. Not to worry, you could satisfy it with some mouthwatering food from restaurants nearby!

The good thing about visiting Chittagong Naval beach is that you can visit some other beautiful places like Potenga

Beach, Foy’s Lake, Vatiari Eco park, hilltop canteen etc. Going to naval beach from Chittagong main city can be easier. You could take a bus, train or even airplane if you wish to! If you don’t have your own ride, you could take a CNG; the fair is not more than 100 tk. There are many hotels in Chittagong where you can stay for the duration of your visit. The city, specially the naval beach is safer than any part of this country even late into the night, so security is not a headache. It would be better not to plan the travel on a Friday as too much crowd is likely to ruin your holyday.

So do not waste another vacation! Go out there and enjoy whatever the Port city Chittagong has to offer and I am telling you, your vacation is not long enough to take all of it!

Dhaka to chittagong train schedule.