Cox’s BazarCox’s Bazar
150 km south to Chittagong is the town of Cox’s Bazar, popularly known as the town with world’s longest unbroken (120km) beach. It is a natural sandy beach sloping gently down to the blue water of the Bay of Bengal.。
The background is covered with green forest with the chain of Arakan Hills. Miles of golden sands, surfing waves, Conch shell and sea fish markets, colorful Pagodas, Buddhist Temples,and colorful tribes. All these make Cox’s Bazar a unique spot for retreat. Jeep drive on the beach in the afternoon and watching a gorgeous sunset from the beach will be an enjoyable highlight.
A daylong excursion either to Maheskhali or Sonadia island, a drive to Teknaf, and a visit to the Lamarpara Buddhist Temple at Ramu will also be interesting.
From Cox’s Bazar, Teknaf is at 2-hrs driving distance. Then by Sea Truck or Engine boat it will be around another 2&1/2 hrs journey through the Naf River and the Bay of Bengal to reach the St. Martin’s Island.
Inani BeachInani Beach
Inani beach is located in 35km south of Cox’s Bazar. There is a green hill along with the beach. Sand plays a sound once stepping into the beach.
St. Martin’s Island
St. Martin’s IslandSt. Martin’s Island
It is a small Island with a population of about 7/8 thousand people and they are dependent on fishing directly or indirectly. There are beautiful corals on the south-eastern corner of this island. The water around this Island is emerald green and always invites one to take a relaxing bathe. It will be possible to snorkel here, if you carry your own snorkeling gear. This trip will be fairly demanding and participants should note this before joining the trip.
Moheshukari is an island of 268km2, across the sea from Cox’s Bazaar. A low hill is at the center of the island, in the north and west there are mangrove forests. Monanikku Hill has Adinas temple which enshrine Hindu God Shiva. and also has a Buddhist temple next to it.
Ramu is a typical Buddhist village, located in about 16km from Cox’s Bazar.
The village has beautiful temples, and Buddhist statues in bronze, silver and gold inlaid with precious stones. One of them is the 4m bronze statue on the 6 feet pedestal in the Bankari area. You can find some rare relics of the 17th century and Burmese handcrafts. Morong, Chakma, Marma tribes live here.