Top things to do

Bangladeshi in Barisal

Garden Inn

Located deep inside a commercial building, this place probably does the best local food in town. Try the delicious haleem (meat and lentil soup) with naan for dinner, or go for an aromatic, slow-cooked kachchi birya…
Sweets in Barisal

Shokal Shondha

This is a good place to buy yourself a platter of sticky local sweetmeats. It's more clean and hygienic compared to most sweet shops, and the early morning breakfast of dhal and paratha is also eminently hearty. The…
Hindu Temple in Barisal

Jagannath Temple

Dedicated to the Hindu Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Vishnu, this temple is a unique sight considering that the deity is only rarely worshipped outside of Odisha in India. A rather understated affair, the mandir…
Church in Barisal

St Peter's Church

This tiny church, hidden under shady coconut palms and betel-nut trees, is worth exploring mainly for its serene and leafy atmosphere. Apart from mass on Sundays, when a small number of local Christian residents tur…
Bangladeshi in Barisal

Rose Garden Restaurant

This place is clearly a locals’ favourite. It's a bit dark and dingy for comfort, but the food (biryanis, fried chicken, kebabs) speaks for itself. Avoid the Chinese dishes, unless you're really keen to sample some …
Area in Barisal

Ferry Piers

Particularly atmospheric in the evenings, when dramatically lit and boldly painted launches depart from adjoining ghats, the piers are a wonderful place to soak up the local riverine culture. Overseen by BIWTC (buy …
Forest in Kuakata

Gangamati Mangrove Forest

The Gangamati Mangrove Forest is 7km due east along the Kuakata beach. You can rent motorbikes (Tk 500) to get here. You'll be mostly riding on the sands, so take care not to run over beached marine life; a lot of i…
Village in Kuakata

Misripara Village

About 9km northwest of Kuakata lies this charming village, where you can see the current generation of Rakhine people going about their life and work. You’ll find a rustic temple housing a 6m Buddha statue. Rent a b…