Barisal Backwater Tour - 2 Days

Barisal Backwater Tour

Trip Facts

  • 2 days
  • 4 Persons
  • High
  • Hotel, Rocket / Ferry (Sleeping Cabin)
  • Hiking and Walking
  • AC Car, Ferry, Boat, Tuk-Tuk and Rickshaw
  • Dhaka, Barisal

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. Barisal Backwater Tour gives you a chance to explore the most beautiful regions in Barisal by cruising the backwaters of Swarupkathi.

This is heaven for Guava orchards, Hog Plum, Coconut, Palm trees, and floating market (where 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 the backwaters, providing a great scenic view of the 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


Day 1
Night-01: 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 your bags in the cabin, come out and enjoy the evening beauty of the Buriganga River.
Overnight on the Rocket Steamer (Sleeping Cabin)

Day 2
Day-01: Explore the Riverine Beauty of Bangladesh

Disembark in Barisal early in the morning around 6 am and transfer to your hotel.
After check-in and freshen up a 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 small canals and creeks. Enjoy a charming view of the 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)

Day 3
Day-02: 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 sawmills and see how workers work efficiently but without any protection.
Lunch will be served on the boat in 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 the Kirtankhola River.
Overnight on the Rocket Steamer (Sleeping Cabin)

Day 4
Night-03: 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 goodbye.
End the Barisal Backwater Tour.

Number of TravelersCost Per Traveler ($)Total Cost ($)
1 Person875.00875.00
2 Persons500.001000.00
3 Persons450.001350.00
4 Persons400.001600.00

* We are specialized for a private tour
* 4+ People or a bigger group – please ask for a price quote!


  • 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 a sleeping cabin on a 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, drivers, and boatman


  • Any food, drinks, or personal items other than those mentioned above
  • All of our staff are vaccinated including booster dose!
  • We maintain COVID-19 protective measures to ensure a safer touring environment for everyone
  • Regarding Rocket, as it is a public transport sometimes many cabins are reserved for VIPs of a 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 every day except Friday, Sunday & Tuesday. If you wish to start this tour on these days then we have to go with a 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 people. Please be polite to the local people.
  • Please be respectful of Bangladeshi culture and tradition because you may encounter situations different from your 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.
Overall Trip Rating
5 stars - Based on 1 review
Very Good
  1. Off the Beaten Path to Amazing!
    Mr. Doug H (Seattle, WA) April 29, 2018
    I've visited Bangladesh three times and on each of them I used Bangladesh Scenic Tours. On my first trip I had such a good time with Obaidul that I had to go back. Ob is courteous and knowledgeable. His English is great which, of course, is very important to Western travelers. All in all, he is just fun to be with. My most memorable trip was traveling through the waterways of Barisal. It took an overnight boat trip to get there, but it sure was worth it. We visited tiny villages, schools and floating markets. It was amazing to meet the people and understand their ways. Especially fun was to spend a half-day with the school kids. We passed out candy while talking to them. The kids were amazing -- especially the group photo at the end! Crazy! While Dhaka has a few sites to see, it's best to get out of the city to see the countryside. I have great memories of my time with Bangladesh Scenic Tours and Obaidul made it very special. I highly recommend!

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Barisal Backwater Tour
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$400 Per Person
Number of Travelers Total Cost
1-1 Adult USD 875
2-2 Adults USD 500
3-3 Adults USD 450
4+ Adults USD 400
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Trip Facts

  • 2 days
  • 4 Persons
  • High
  • Hotel, Rocket / Ferry (Sleeping Cabin)
  • Hiking and Walking
  • AC Car, Ferry, Boat, Tuk-Tuk and Rickshaw
  • Dhaka, Barisal

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