banshkhali eco park
sangu river
bakhshi hamid mosque
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Banskhali, Chattogram

Many of us are familiar with the folktale and love story of Monu Mia Saodagar and Maleka Banu. About 300 years ago, Jomidar Manu Mia, a trader, lived in the area now known as Anwara Upazila. While passing through her village, he fell in love with Maleka Banu, daughter of Amir Muhammad Chowdhury, and married her.

After her departure, Maleka Babu’s father built a mosque and Dighi. Though the mosque is still in the Banshkhali area guide, the Dighi has ceased to exist over time. This famous love story of Manu Mia and Maleka Banu took place in the Saral Union of Bashkhali Upazila, located in the south of the Chattogram District.

The upazila has a 376.9 square kilometer land area, and the population is over 4.5 lakh. It is bounded by the Sangu River, Anwara Upazila, Chakaria Upazila, Pekua Upazila, Lohagora Upazila, Satkania Upazila, and the Bay of Bengal. There have been many theories and debates on how the area's name became Banshkhali, but none of them are known to be authentic.

Though it is located far from the metropolitan city area, Banshkhali can easily be one of the prominent and well-established areas of the Chattogram District. The main economic sources of the upazila are agriculture and cultivation, such as paddy, betel leaf, tea, lychee, and many types of vegetables. It is also known for fish farms, salt cultivation, cottage industry, fisheries etc. Many of the products manufactured and grown in this upazila are exported around the world.

Anyone can travel to Banshkhali directly from Chattogram City using Bahaddarhat or New Bridge Road using the bus routes. The buses come through the Telar Dip Bridge over the Sangu River and come all the way to Upazila. However, there are no train routes in the area.

The Upazila town area is filled with tall buildings and concrete houses, giving it an ever-bustling urban vibe. But if you want a taste of the rural environment, you only have to travel a few kilometers inside the city and enjoy Upazila’s diverse natural beauty. It has the Banshkhali Sea Beach area on one side and the Chattogram Hilly areas on the other side.

Other than various sea beach points, you can also visit many other tourist spots and significant locations in Upazila. Some of the popular ones are the Chandpur-Belgaon Tea Estate, Banglabazar Jetty Ghat, Jalkadar Canal, Shree Shree Chintahari Sadhanpith Jogashram, Bakhshi Hamid Mosque, Saral Maleka Banu Jame Mosque, Hrishi Dham, etc.

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City Insights

tick iconThe Banshkhali Upazila is located in the south of Chattogram District and across the Sangu River.
tick iconThe most notable historical tale of the area is the love story of Monu Mia and Maleka Banu, and the Maleka Banu Mosque bears the historical symbol.
tick iconThe Chattogram-Anwara-Banshkhali Road is the main road connecting the upazila to the Sadar area and several other locations.
tick iconThe upazila is naturally diverse, containing both sea beaches, hills, and forest areas.
tick iconAlong with many Mosques, Banshkhali has other important religious institutions, including various Ashrams.

Known Landmarks

  • Banshkhali Eco Park

  • Banshkhali Sea Beach

  • Chandpur-Belgaon Tea Estate

  • Bakhshi Hamid Mosque

  • Sangu River


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Bus Routes

Banskhali - Gunagari
Banskhali - Banigarm
Banskhali - Kalipur
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Nearest Train Stations


New Developments

tick iconThe upcoming developments in Banshkhali include the development of educational institutions, drainage systems, and communication facilities.

What’s great here?

tick iconTraveling to Banshkhali from Chattogram or even from Dhaka is very convenient.
tick iconAlmost all kinds of transportation are available in the upazila.
tick iconLiving in Banshkhali is affordable, and there are options for different types of housing.
tick iconThe town area offers access to amenities like marketplaces, haat-bazaars, shopping places, etc.
tick iconThere haven’t been many big occurrences in Banshkhali Upazila.
tick iconBanshkhali is naturally beautiful and has many historical landmarks.

What needs attention?

tick iconMany people suffer from the lack of proper bridges and culverts inside the villages.
tick iconThe area has more mud roads than developed roads, which makes communication difficult during unfavorable weather conditions and the narrow roads prevent access to larger vehicles.
tick iconThe villages don’t have many developed houses and lack modern apartment complexes.
tick iconThere aren’t enough modern amenities in the area.
tick iconPetty crimes happen pretty often in the area.
tick iconThe upazila’s locations are often damaged by natural disasters.
tick iconThe power plants and brick kilns cause environmental pollution in the area.
tick iconThe Jalkadar Canal, one of the notable waterbodies in the upazila, is now almost dead because of sedimentation and encroachment.

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Connectivity & Commute3.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities4 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment4 out of 5

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