Travel to the seaside

Travel to the seaside

Why do we travel? Each person may answer this question differently. Some travel as part of entertainment. Some travel for emotional satisfaction. Others travel to get close to nature. Many people travel because of addiction and profession. One has to travel to know about the township of a country. Some travel to gain knowledge. Travel can be from different perspectives. But if the goal is to gain knowledge about people’s life and livelihood through travel, then you should travel to the sea coast of Bangladesh at least once.

In terms of weather and climate, there are total 19 coastal districts in Bangladesh. The 710 km coastline is divided into three parts. Eastern coastal region consisting of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Feni, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Chandpur. Barisal, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Pirojpur, Jhalkathi, Shariatpur districts are located on the central coast. Apart from this, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jessore, Narail, Gopalganj districts are considered as west coast.

From Shyamnagar in Satkhira in the west to Shahpari Island in Teknaf in the east, there are thousands of things to see on the coast. Large and small river canals, traditional play of tides, manta communities, Bede, tribal and tribal habitats, mangrove forests, floating islands in the middle of the river, farmers’ halchas and yellow ripe paddy fields, herds of cows and buffaloes, On the way to Metho, there is an opportunity to gain knowledge from many things including Krishnachura Shimul-Kadam collection, Jalepalli rice paintings, Shuntakipalli workers’ working methods, multiple eco parks, etc. through coastal travel.

You will get to know about the life and livelihood of the people there along with visiting several sightseeing spots of the coast. A trip to the east coast will reveal many things including salt farming, mountainous islands. hilsa extraction, dependence on sea transport will be seen in the central coast. Sundarbans will fascinate you if you visit the west coast. You will see the scenes of foresters extracting wood, honey and leaves. You will be intrigued by the many aspects of the riverine relationship with the coastal people. 

A boat or trawler trip in the river of the coast will show the scene of fishermen fishing. A lot of beautiful things can be found on the coastal river, including the flight of the foraging birds that are awake in the middle of the river, the killing of the Gangchil, the sunset on the river. Fresh fish from the river or the sea can be found in any coastal food shop.

Walking along the meth path of the coastal area, you will feel like the coast is a green town on a beach. But there are also hidden natural antagonisms, which you can sense. You will see the picture of the township affected by the river erosion. You will also see the non-human living sheltered on the embankment of the river. You will also hear farmers’ frustrations with the effects of salinity. The cries of flood-affected fish farmers will make you think. You can also understand how coastal people live in bamboo-wood-straw houses during storms and floods. Rising tides, scarcity of fresh water, communication and travel hazards, flooding etc. will give you a real picture of the suffering life of the coastal people.

You will hear stories and conversations with the people of the coast about their lives. Stories of cyclone hits like Super Cyclone Sidor, Aila, Ampan. You will also get to know the story of pirates’ greed and looting. You will hear from the mouths of the fishermen about the hardships of the fishermen during the ban on fishing.

Despite the problems, there is a diversity of travel along the coast. Every day the happiness and sadness of billions of people are shared across the coast. To see these things with your own eyes, to understand, to understand from your mind, travel to the coast.

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