Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Cox's Bazar  (কক্সবাজার, Kaksbājār) is a town, a fishing port and district headquarters in Bangladesh. It is known for its wide sandy beach which is considered by some people as the world's longest natural sandy sea beach, although the Guinness Book of World Records lists Praia do casino in Brazil as the longest sandy beach with 254 km. The beach in Cox' Bazar is an unbroken 125 km sandy sea beach with a gentle slope. It is located 150 km south of the industrial port Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name "Panowa", whose literal translation means "yellow flower." Its other old name was "Palongkee". The modern Cox's Bazar derives its name from Captain Hiram coxs (died 1799), an officer serving in British india. An officer of the British east india company, Captain Cox was appointed Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after  Warren hasting became Governor of bengal. Captain Cox was specially mobilised to deal with a century-long conflict between Arakan refugees and local Rakhains. 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. To commemorate his role in rehabilitation work a market was established and named after him Cox's Bazar ("Cox's Market").
Today, Cox's Bazar is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh, however it has yet to become a major international tourist destination, with no international hotel chains operating there, due to lack of publicity and transportation.

How to go : 154 km from Dhaka to coxbazar and  Chittagong to Cox's Bazar is connected by a well-built highway. Luxury buses as Mercedes benz, green line etc are availevel on this route.    There are Dhaka-Chittagong- Cox's Bazar round ways Biman (Bangladesh Airlines) flight 3 days a week and flights from private airlines like GMG airlines and United Airways operating flights to and from Cox's Bazar. Cox's Bazar by waterways from Chittagong is a romantic journey.

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