Bangladesh is one of the most delicate of the natural resources in the world. Hundreds of islands are across the country. Hundreds of potentialities are hidden among hundreds of islands. Bangladesh tourism which could be blessed by the possibility of rich islands. So I want to say that island-based tourism in Bangladesh is now the demand of time.
Why is Bangladesh the largest delta of the world, why or hundreds of islands in its chest? The answer is simply to say that the Indian mountainous drift and the severe stream of the river slowed down the estuary, and the mud, silt, sand, gravel, etc. formed from the triangular landform, the world’s largest deltaic country. It has hundreds of rivers and rivers created by its own glory. It has burying all the rivers in the heart of Bay of Bengal, which is called the world’s largest bay.
Bangladesh has several tourism potential islands, which could be built on the island-based popular tourist destinations. The Island of the Maldives could be role model for the island area of Bangladesh. The islands that can be developed as tourist destinations are – Bangabandhu Island, Maheshkhali Island, Sonadia Island, Kutubdia Island, Nijhum Island, St Martin’s Island, Cheera Dwip, Shahparir Dwip, Manpura Island and so on.
Bangabandhu Island- One of the most discussed islands in Bangladesh recently. This island is rich in tourism possibilities in the heart of Bay of Bengal, 10 nautical miles away from Dublar Char-Hiron Point of Sundarbans coast. The main attractions of the island are red crab. The researcher of the University of Dhaka, University professor, Shahidul Islam said the island did not get any sign of squirrel. The beach of Red crab, which is nearly nine kilometers, can easily make the tourists attention.
Nijhum Dwip-Nijhum Island, a part of the Awakening of the Bay of Bengal in Hatia upazila of Noakhali district, is named as the Silence Island. Each part of which is full of one possibilities. The Ballar Char, Kamalar Char, Char Osman and Char Muri, in the union of these four chars, formed 14050 acres of land with the hands of fishermen. It is known that Char Osman, Golden Island and finally famous by the name of Nijhum Island. On the way to Nijhum Dwip tourists can see the Kala Mahisir Char, Kabirer Char, Chowdhury’s Island. Mangrove forests and Dotted deer have created a separate appeal from the rest of the island of Bangladesh. In 2001, the government of Bangladesh declared nearly 9050 acres of land on Nijhum Island as a Nijhum Dwip national park for the preservation of diversity. Because of the unique features of this island, the nature of the preemies seeing the number of tourists increasing day by day, the emerging number of tourists makes tourism possibilities of this island.
Maheshkhali Island-The only Hilly island of Bangladesh, which is also known as Maheshkhali upazila, belongs to the district of Cox’s Bazar. This island is important to Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Adinath Temple at the top of the Adinath hill, Buddhist temple in the foothills of the hill, Paner Boroj, Baramis Market, Dry-fish market, and more such things will be seen in the depths of the Bay of Bengal. The number of tourists is increasing day by day. Making arrangement all the elements which are required this island for decorating as a tourist-friendly tourism destination of Bangladesh.
Sonadia Island- There is an island rich in biodiversity in Kutubjom, located in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar district. Here are some rare birds found in this island, which is not possible anywhere else. This island is not only about three kilometers of beach, sometimes big and small canal mixed with parabana, coastal woodland, diverse species of water Birds have made the island to tourists incomparable. The country’s largest dry fish production center has been developed here. The Bangladeshi government is being set up by Sonadia Tourism Park which will add new levels of tourism here.
Kutubdia Island- A Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district, which is popular among tourists named Kutubdia Island, is a place in which 216 sq km of this island can be traced to visit the tourists – Wind power project, Kutub Sharif Darbar, Kutub Awalyan mazar, Barghas beach, natural way to make salt Field, Kutubdia Lighthouse, Barrage Government Stadium, Kalarma Mosque, Fakira Mosque, Dhoorung Stadium, ancient dighir par etc.
Monpura Island- The Island is located in the mouth of the Meghna river in Monpura upazila of Bhola district, part of the Bay of Bengal. About 373 sq km islands are the largest island in Bangladesh. In the effort of the forest division, forestry programs are being organized in ten chars here. The journey of people who started traveling to the peak Biodiversity and different species of birds have increased the number of tourist attractions. If you can ensure the safety of the tourists, it will make the place as one of the top visiting tourist destinations of the country.
Shahporir Dwip- This Island, comprised of several wads of Sabarang Union of Teknaf upazila, is named after the southern boundary of Bangladesh’s land area and then the watershed along the bay of the Bay of Bengal. The main tasks of today’s people are to fish and salt cultivation. The eye-catching beauty of this island will make tourists frequently visit here.
Saint Martin’s Island and Cheera Dwip- The name of the most visited island in Bangladesh is the name of St. Martin’s Island, where there are blue-eyed transparent water, hundreds of coconut- trees, different types of marine fish, the lives of varied local people, thousands of coral shelters, and the combination of different varieties. The only coral island is Bangladesh. The last southern place has become the place of the Cheera Dwip. The wizard of the place Beauty is fascinated by tourists forever.
The beauty of the islands of Bangladesh is naturally varied. The islands have taken place in Bangladesh tourist-map. Proper planning, campaigning and management can help island-based tourism to contribute financially from the possibilities.
Md. Shaifullar Rabbi
Guest Lecturer-BBA in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Daffodil Institute of IT (DIIT)