Barisal Backwater Tour

  • Start: Dhaka
  • Destination: Barisal
  • Duration: 2 Days and 3 Nights
  • Attractions: Rocket steamer, River cruise, floating markets
  • Availability: Everyday except Friday
  • Best Time: June to October
  • Transport: Air-conditioned car, Paddle steamer, Tuk-Tuk, country boat
  • Activity: Walking
  • Guide Language: English
  • End: Dhaka

Price: From $250 USD (৳20,000 BDT) per person BOOK NOW

Barisal is one of the most beautiful destinations in southern Bangladesh. It’s called ‘the Venice of Bengal’ for its beauty. There is another saying that, 'Rice, Canals and Rivers make Barisal'. Ralph Fitch, a leather merchant and the first ever Englishman known to have visited Bengal in the mid-1580s, described Barisal in his journal as, ‘Bacola’ (locally known as Bakla). Every year Barisal attracts domestic as well as international tourists in large numbers. All the rivers, canals and creeks spread out like a network. This tour gives you a chance to explore the most beautiful regions in Barisal by cruising the backwaters of Swarupkathi.

This is the heaven for Guava orchards, Hog Plum, Coconut, Palm trees and floating market (here goods are sold from boats to customers on the river). Numerous exclusive species of aquatic life such as crabs, frogs and mud-skippers, water birds including terns, kingfishers, cormorants and many more live in Barisal. Various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside of the backwaters, providing a great scenic view of a countryside that will soothe your eyes.

    Overnight on antique paddle rocket steamer
    Backwater cruises on a country boat to see the scenic view
    Visit some village market (Bazaar)
    Visit the biggest log market in Bangladesh
    Visit rural areas
    Discover some different floating markets
    Visit a coconut shell factory
    Visit a brick factory
    Interacting with local people
    Enjoy a unique experience beyond your expectation
2 Pax $350 USD (৳28,000 BDT) per person
3 Pax $320 USD (৳25,600 BDT) per person
4 Pax $300 USD (৳24,000 BDT) per person
5 Pax $270 USD (৳21,600 BDT) per person
6 Pax $250 USD (৳20,000 BDT) per person

Students, Tourists on a budget, Backpackers and Groups – please ask for me for a price!

Night One (Dhaka-Barisal, Overnight at Rocket)

Pick up from your Hotel in the late afternoon and drive to Sadarghat. Embark on the Paddle Rocket Steamer. Leave you bags in the cabin, come out and enjoy the evening beauty of Buriganga River.
Overnight on the Rocket Steamer

Day One (Explore the Riverine Beauty of Bangladesh)

Disembark in Barisal early in the morning around 6 am and transfer your hotel.
After check in and freshen up drive to Banaripara by Tuk-Tuk for an hour. After arrival embark on our waiting boat and start immediately towards the floating market (floating market depends on the days and time)
Breakfast will be served on the boat, the whole day you will cruise on a small canals and creeks. Enjoy charming view of countryside, visit some village markets and the coconut shell factory.
Lunch will be served on the boat - basically some different types of seasonal fruits. Tea and coffee will be ready always on the boat.
In the late afternoon we will return to your hotel. In the evening for dinner we will enjoy authentic Bengali dishes at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Barisal (Hotel Arena or Hotel Grand Park)

Day Two (Discover Rural Area, Log Market, and Fruit Orchards)

Early morning around 7:00 AM drive to Swarupkathi. Upon arrival start cruising immediately. Visit the biggest Log Markets in our country. Also visit saw mills and see how workers work efficiently but without any protection.
Lunch will be served on the boat the same style as yesterday. Visit rural areas and some guava orchards, hog plum orchards and a rural primary school. If you bring some candies for the children they will be extremely happy.
Return to Barisal and transfer to your hotel. Freshen up and get ready to depart to the river station. Embark on the passenger ferry. Leave your bags in your cabin and enjoy the evening beauty of Kirtankhola River.

Night Three (Barisal- Dhaka, Drop to Hotel)

Overnight on the passenger ferry (Launch) in a sleeping cabin.
Arrive in Dhaka early in the morning, transfer you to your hotel and say good bye. End the Barisal Backwater Tour.

Includes:
AC car for pick up and drop off from hotel to Sadarghat and Sadarghat to hotel
Accommodation for 01 night on twin sharing basis in Barisal at Hotel Arena / Hotel Grand Park
02 Nights on Rocket / Passenger ferry in sleeping cabin on twin sharing basis.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Tea, coffee and mineral water while on the country boat in Barisal
All local transport (Tuk-Tuk and Rickshaw)
Professional English Speaking Guide
All tips except our guide and driver

Excludes:
Personal items
Items not mentioned in the inclusion box

Regarding Rocket, as it is a public transport sometimes many cabins reserve for VIP of government authority. We will try our best to reserve a cabin on the Rocket. However if not possible then we will go by traditional ferry (locally called Launch).
Rocket is available on every day except Friday. If you wish to start this tour on Friday then we have to go with traditional ferry (locally called Launch).
We are not responsible for any schedule change of Rocket (if it happens we will travel by traditional ferry)
Women please wear long dresses with comfortable shoes.
Since local people don’t see many foreign tourists they might be a bit curious but are very friendly and cooperative peoples. Please be polite to the local people.
Please be respectful of Bangladeshi culture and tradition because you may encounter situations different from your own tradition and culture.
The itinerary is flexible and can be changed according to your reasonable request.
We require full payment in advance when you book the tour. You can see our Online Payment System here….
Once booked the tour is non-refundable but dates are changeable.

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