Khulna Tourist Places to Visit in Khulna, Bangladesh, Asia
Khulna is a well known city as well as the administrative headquarters of Khulna District in southern part of Bangladesh. It is placed on the banks of Bhairab and Rupsha rivers at the coordinates of 22°49′0″ in the north and 89°33′0″ in the east. Khulna is the third biggest city in the country and the major city in Khulna Division.
Mongla Seaport is the second largest seaport and Khulna River Port is one of the ancient river ports in Bangladesh. Khulna is located about 262 kms southwest of national capital Dhaka and about 420 kms far from Chittagong City.
Khulna City occupies an area of 59.57 sq. km. and is positioned at an altitude of 9 meters. Khulna District is surrounded by Bagerhat District to the east, Satkhira District on the west, Jessore District to the north and Bay of Bengal towards south.
Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Khulna Medical College and Khulna University are the top educational institutions as well as prime landmarks of Khulna. Other than the educational institutions, Khulna is home to numerous jute mills and match factories.
History of Khulna:
According to Mythology, Khulna derives its name from Khullaneswari Temple located on the banks of River Bhairab.
Khulna district came into existence on 1882. Khulna formed as a Municipal Council in 1884 and as a City Corporation in 1990.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Khulna:
Khulna has a strong cultural background. Khullaneswari Temple is a famous ancient Hindu temple located on the banks of Bhairab River. Also Khulna houses 680 temples, 10859 mosques, 15 Buddhist temples, 81 churches along with nine tombs. Khulna District’s population comprises of 73.45% Muslims, 25.28% Hindus, 0.67% Christians and 1.25% Buddhists.
Most of Khulna natives prefer non vegetarian food especially made out of fish, mutton and chicken. Bhendi Bhaji, Begun Bhaja, Chicken Curry, Maach Bhuna, Pulao, Dal, Paratha, Singara, Chana Chaat and Roti Kalai are the special types of dishes in Khulna.
New Market is a two floor complex houses the shops of electronics, cloths, cell phone, CD and DVD, internet cafe and coffee shop. Picture Pallace Mor Market is a budgeted shopping centre in Khulna.
Connectivity to Khulna:
The time taken to reach Dhaka from Khulna is about 7 hours and the ticket cost is TK 500 in luxury buses. Shohag Paribahan, Eagle transport, A K Travels and Hanif transport are the major bus service operators in Khulna City. One can easily board buses at Boyra Bus Stand, Senerbazar Bus Stand and Goalkhali Bus Stand.
Daulatpur Railway Station is located 9 km away from the centre of Khulna City. Jessore Airport is the closest airport to Khulna placed about 81 km distance. Also the boat services are available between Khulna and Dhaka City. Cycle-rickshaw is a best option to travel within the city.
Places to see in Khulna:
Sundarbans is considered as the largest mangrove forest in the globe spread over an area of 6000 sq. km. It is one of the biggest reserves of Bengali Tigers. Also Sundarbans is home to monkeys, crocodiles and wild cocks.
Shatgombuj Mosque also called as 60 dome mosque located in Bagerhat District. It takes nearly 1 hour to reach Shatgombuj Mosque from Khulna.
Monlga Sea Port:
Monlga Sea Port is one of the top attractions of Khulna located 38 kms away from Khulna city.
Gollamari Memorial was built in the honor of brave soldiers who died in independence war of 1971. It is positioned in the vicinity of Khulna University.
The list of other tourist places near Khulna is as follows:
- Wonderland Shishu Park
- Fultola Zoo
- Rupsha Bridge
- Khulna University
- The Home of Khan E Sabur
- Prem Kanun
- Joseph’s Church
Best time to visit Khulna:
From November to March is the ideal time to reach Khulna.
Accommodation options in Khulna:
The best luxury and budgeted hotels in Khulna city are as follows:
- Hotel Royal International
- Hotel Western International
- Hotel Castle Salam
- Hotel Society
- Hotel Park
- Hotel Castle Salam
- Hotel Tiger Garden
- Shamim Hotel
- Hotel Sourav
- Sharaton Hotel
- Hotel Sunday
- Appayan Hotel
- Shahin Hotel
- Hotel Deluxe