Cox's Bazar is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in Bangladesh. It is known for its wide sandy beach which is believed to be the world's longest natural sandy sea beach. It is an unbroken 125 km sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. It is located 150 km south of Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name "Panowa", the literal translation of which means "yellow flower". Its other old name was "Palongkee". The modern Cox's Bazar derives its name from Captain Cox (died 1799), an officer serving in British India. In the 18th century, an officer of British East India Company, Captain Hiram Cox was appointed as the Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after Warren Hastings became the Governor of Bengal. Captain Cox was specially mobilised to deal with a century long conflict between Arakan refugees and local Rakhains. The Captain was a compassionate soul and the plight of the people touched his heart. 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. But the work he had done earned him a place in the hearts of the locals and to commemorate his role in rehabilitation work a market was established and named after him as Cox's Bazaar ("Cox's Market"). Although Cox's Bazar is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh, it has yet to become a major international tourist destination, due to lack of publicity.
Kuakata is a panaromic sea beach on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. Located in the Patuakhali district, Kuakata has a wide sandy beach from where one can see both the sunrise and sunset. It is about 320 Kilometres south of Dhaka, the capital, and about 70 Kilometres from the district headquarters. The Kuakata beach is 30 km long and 6 km wide. On 13 September 2007 government had announced a red alert in Kuakata as caution for a possible Tsunami.
The name Kuakata originated from the word 'Kua'-the Bengali word for “Well” which was dug on the sea shore by the early Rakhine settlers in quest of collecting drinking water, who landed on Kuakata coast in the eighteenth century after being expelled from Arakan (Myanmar) by the Mughals. Afterwards, it has become a tradition of digging Well in the neighborhoods of Rakhaine tribes for water.
Kuakata offers a full view of the sunrise and sunset from the same white sandy beach in the water of the Bay of Bengal.
Explore the Secluded Beauty of Inani Beach:
Located around 32 kilometers to the south of the popular tourist destination of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, the beautiful Inani Beach attracts visitors who appreciate the wonders of nature. With a backdrop of lush green hills rising up on the east, and the sea stretching out endlessly to the west, Inani Beach is famous for its unusually shaped rock and coral boulders scattered plentifully across the beach and into the sea.
Inani Beach, widely considered to be the world’s longest beach, is fringed with tall palm trees swaying gently in the breeze and has a calm lagoon which is perfect for the little ones to paddle in. Sitting on the rock and coral boulders with the warm waves washing up on the shore around you, as they have done for millions of years, can be a very therapeutic experience. Seashells of all shapes, colors and sizes are found along Inani Beach, making beachcombing a popular activity. Fishermen make their livelihood in the waters off Inani Beach, unhindered by the crowds that flock to the more accessible and tourist-oriented beaches.
While Inani Beach is just as beautiful as the beach at Cox’s Bazar, it lacks some of the amenities that tourists may expect, and it is advisable to take a packed lunch with you when you visit there. However, those who have taken the time to explore Inani Beach will testify that its beauty far outweighs anything it may be lacking in amenities. In fact, many are of the opinion that the lack of hotels and fast food vendors add to the appeal of Inani Beach.
Many visitors to Cox’s Bazar take the time to travel along the seashore by jeep, enjoying a break from the city and taking in the sights such as Inani Beach and Himchori with its stunning waterfall, as well as Sonadia and Moheshkhali Island. When visiting Inani Beach, be sure to take your camera along to capture the awesome sight of the sun setting over the ocean, turning it into a melting pot of shades of gold and copper - a sight which is simply unforgettable.