shah amanat bridge
karnafuly fertilizer company ltd. (kafco)
kalarpool bridge
shikalbaha power station

Karnafuly, Chattogram

Karnafuly, a place of around 55.36 sq km, is situated by the south bank of the Karnafuly River under the Chattogram City Corporation. The Karnafuly Area Guide shows the distance between the Chattogram district and the upazila is almost 10 kilometers. Around Karnafuly are Chandgaon Thana and Boalkhali Upazila in the south and Anwara Upazila in the north. In the east, Patiya Upazila is present, whereas Patenga Thana and Bandar Thana are in the west.

The area was formed with the 5 unions of the Patiya Upazila in 2016. Before this development, it used to be a thana under Patiya. So, currently, Karnafuly consists of these 5 unions: 1 no. Char Lakhya, 1 no. (Ka) Juldha, 1 no. (Kha) Char Patharghata, 2 no. Bara Uthan, and 3 no. Shikalbaha. According to the 2011 census, it is the residence of more than 160,000 people.

Karnafuly is a beautiful suburban area that is always refreshing because of its river. The locals often spend quality time in the Karnafuly breeze, soaking in its calm and therapeutic breeze during the evening.

If you ever decide to roam around the city, make sure to schedule a visit to the bridge in your travel plan! Other than the river and its bridge, Karnafuly has more places one would like to see, i.e., Shah Amanat Bridge, Bara Uthan Jamidar Bari, Kalarpool Bridge, etc.

Karnafuly is not just a scenic area but also a key player in the country’s economic development. Its Karnafuly Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) is a significant contributor to the national economy. The area’s growing economy is evident with the presence of numerous banks. The upcoming Karnafuly tunnel is set to further enhance the area's connectivity, making it an attractive hub for trade and commerce.

As a suburban area, Karnafuly is quite developed and has immense potential for further development. At present, it has many primary schools and several high schools, colleges, and madrasas. The Karnafuly CDA residential area provides standard housing for its community. Overall, life in Karnafuly is affordable and peaceful with its available amenities of living.

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City Insights

tick iconKarnafuly is an upazila comprising 5 unions and operating its administrative activities under the Chattogram City Corporation.
tick iconThere are 3 thanas and 3 upazilas on the 4 sides of Karnafuly, such as Chandgaon Thana, Boalkhali Upazila, Anwara Upazila (north), Patiya Upazila (east), Patenga Thana (west), and Bandar Thana (west).
tick iconKarnafuly offers a rural environment adorned with the beauty of the Karnafuly River.
tick iconKarnafuly used to be a thana of Patia until 2016.
tick iconThe KEPZ area contributes substantially to the area’s economy.

Known Landmarks

  • Karnafuly Bridge

  • Shah Amanat Bridge

  • Kalarpool Bridge

  • Karnafuly Fertilizer Company Ltd. (KAFCO)

  • Shikalbaha Power Station


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Bus Routes

Pahartali - Karnafuly
Anderkilla - Karnafuly
Bayezid Link Road - Karnafuly
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Nearest Train Stations

Chittagong Railway Station
Sholashohor Rail Station
Kaibalyadham Railway Station
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New Developments

tick iconThe Bangabandhu Tunnel under the Karnafuly River will be opened by the end of October 2024.

What’s great here?

tick iconThe bus routes in the area provide easy accessibility to transportation services.
tick icon4 train stations near the upazila made it convenient for the community to go to remote areas inside and outside Chattogram.
tick iconAlong with the Karnafuly bridge and tunnel, the soon-to-be-opened Bangabandhu tunnel will further improve the area’s connectivity.
tick iconLifestyle in Karnafuly is quite simple with the essential facilities available.
tick iconMany educational institutions have been built in the area to provide schooling for the children.
tick iconThere are multiple historical places and renowned landmarks to visit in Karnafuly.
tick iconLiving in Karnafuly is mostly safe.
tick iconThe natural environment in the area is pretty delightful.

What needs attention?

tick iconA lack of bus routes creates inconvenience for the growing population when they need to visit the nearby areas in the city.
tick iconDespite enough primary schools, the literacy rate in Karnafuly is only 52%.
tick iconRoad accidents often occur near the Karnafuly tunnel.
tick iconThe water of the Karnafuly River is polluted because of insufficient waste management.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute4.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities3.5 out of 5
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Safety & Security3 out of 5
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Environment3.5 out of 5

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