Barisal Backwater Tour Bangladesh

Barisal is the land of rice–river–canal, and the fish called the island of Bengal, Venice of Bengal. When hills, tea valley and ancient’s monuments in the other parts of Bangladesh, the backwaters are unique to Barisal. The most beautiful and accessible part of the backwaters are  Atghar &  Kuriana Upazilla, The famous “Floating Guava Market”. There are 12-15 canals full of natural beauty rare in overall Bangladesh and listed with rich bio-diversity.

This tour starts with a full day city tour, including the new and old part of Dhaka. After the whole night cruising by Rocket Steamer/Ferry, we’ll go for back water-floating market of guava, vegetables and other fruits. We’ll see the traditional bazaar beside the river, the lifestyle of people, school and many exciting things on this trip.

Duration :
3 Nights/ 2 Days
Locations :
Barisal & Dhaka
Attractions :
  • New & Old Dhaka
  • Cruise by Rocket Paddle Steamer/Ferry
  • Barisal Backwater
  • Floating Markets
  • Village lifestyle
Tour Available :
Round the year.
Best time to go:
Round the year.

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit historical places in New and Old Dhaka.
  • Enjoy rickshaw ride in Old Dhaka.
  • Enjoy the river cruise by Rocket paddle steamer or ferry.
  • Enjoy famous floating markets in Barisal.
  • Walk into the village and know the lifestyles.

Next Scheduled Tour:

  • 1st week of January 2020
  • Last week of January 2020
  • 1st week of February 2020
  • Last week of February 2020

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Dhaka City & Rocket Steamer journey
  • Around 8:00 am, start from your hotel or residence for good timing. Our responsible guide will pick you up with the car and start toward for Kawranbazar Vegetable Market. Have some time in the biggest bazaar of Dhaka.
  • After, visit the outside view of the National Assembly (Parliament Building), the largest legislative complex in the world designed by famous American architect Louis Kahn.
  • Visit Karzan halla British era building named by Lord Karzan. At present, it’s a Science Faculty under the University of Dhaka.
  • Visit Dhakeswari Temple, the national Hindu temple of Bangladesh built by Ballal Sen in the 12th century.
  • Visit Star Mosque, a 19th-century monument built by a Muslim pious Mirza Golam Pir.
  • Before having lunch, visit the Armenian Church at Armanitola, a testimony to the significant Armenian Community in the region in the 18th & 19th centuries.
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to the local restaurant to have your lunch and after, go to the Lalbagh Fort, a key attraction for the tourist. It’s an incomplete construction of the Mughal period in the 17th century started by Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah.
  • Visit the famous Ahsan Manzil, also known as Pink Palace in Sadarghat. It was the official residence palace of Nawab’s in Dacca in the nineteenth century.
  • Go Sadarghat River Port by walking 5 min (or by the car) on the busy street and enjoying the floating people, trading boats and the environment. Spend time before reporting at Rocket Steamer.
  • In the afternoon at 18:30 hrs. The famous paddle-wheel steamer will start the journey toward Barisal. Enjoy whole night journey by Rocket Steamer. Dinner & night stay at Rocket Steamer with A/C 1stclass sharing cabin accommodation.
Day 2 : Barisal & Bhola
  • After a full night of cruising, Rocket will arrive Barisal at 6:00 hrs in the morning. Check-in to the hotel and have breakfast, rest for a while.
  • Visit the Church, Bazaar and river ports by walking and take a public ferry to go to Bhola in around 11.00 hrs. Enjoy the 2.30 hrs ferry journey by seeing the riverain beauty.
  • Explore Bhola by walking for a while and have lunch at the local restaurant.
  • Come back to Barisal in the same way and get into the hotel. Dinner and the overnight stay in Barisal.
Day 3 : Barisal
  • Early in the morning, having breakfast, start for backwater and village trip. At first will go to Banaripara and go for a small country boat ride. The boat will start running though tiny canals and will see the village beauty of both sides through the canals.
  • Visit some floating markets by country boat. Mostly the vendors come to buy fruits and vegetables from the wholesaler. Spend some time and we’ll buy some fresh fruits from a seller.
  • After, we’ll visit a village to meet the people from the small locality. Walk around and meet some friendly people and school children and make yourself free with smiling faces.
  • After having lunch, visit pottery home, paddy field, betel leaf garden, and many more villages until evening.
  • At around 16:00 hrs, head to Barisal to take the Rocket steamer/Ferry to Dhaka. Dinner and the overnight stay at Rocket steamer/Ferry.
Day 4 : Arrival at Dhaka.
  • Early in the morning arrive in Dhaka Sadarghat Launch terminal after a full night river cruise by Rocket/Ferry
  • Go back to your hotel with the experience of a memorable and enjoyable tour.

Price for the tour (Per Person)

Starting Price
USD 220.00


  • Airport/hotel pickup and drop.
  • All Accommodation in hotels or resorts on a twin share basis. (Accommodation on a 3-star quality hotel or resort. Change of accommodations and single supplement are available)
  • All meals and mineral drinking water during the trip.
  • All transportation like Air-conditioned car, Rocket steamer/ferry tickets, boat rides, and other vehicles mentioned by the itinerary.
  • Air-conditions 1st Class cabin accommodation for  Rocket steamer/Ferry.
  • Barisal sightseeing by local reserved Non-A/C vehicle.
  • All entry fees during the trip.
  • Rickshaw ride in old Dhaka.


  • Drinks both hard and soft.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.


  • Timing and assembling for the places are flexible; We could change it because of traffic and the changes of market days. Market days change in different locations in a week.
  • There could be incredible traffic in Dhaka. Sometimes you have to wait for a long time without even moving in every block of the road.
  • Food mentioned in the itinerary at local restaurants.
  • Bengali local food is spicy. Biriyani & Khichuri made of rice, lentil, meat and special spices are the famous food of old Dhaka and available at other cities. (Non-spicy food also possible to order at most of the restaurants).
  • It requires modest clothes to visit any mosque. They do not allow shorts for the purpose, and especially, women have to cover the hair and arms with the clothes.
  • Rickshaw ride is possible for the small groups between 6 persons.
  • Ahsan Manzil is closed on Thursday and opens Fridays after 3:00 pm. Lalbagh Fort is closed on Sundays and open on Mondays after 2:00 pm. Ahsan Manzil and Lalbagh Fort are also closed on government holidays. But you can have the outside view of these places.
  • Rocket steamer is not available on Friday. It is closed for Friday for the regular holiday.