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Sunday, March 4, 2012

St Martin Island: A beautiful Island in Bangladesh

St. Martin Island is a small island in the Chittagong district near Cox's Bazar of Bangladesh. It is about 10 KM south-west of the southern tip of the mainland. This is actually a small island area about only 8 square kilometer in the northwest part of the Bay of Bengol. about 9 KM south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf peninsula.

It is about 8 KM west of the northwest seaside of Myanmar at the mouth of 'Naf river'. This island was named St Martin's island during British activity in this subcontinent. The local name of this island is "Narical Gingira" In English ""Coconut Island"".

This island is the only ciral island in Bangladesh. this island was distressed by a cyclone in 1991 but now this island fully recovered and ready for tourist.

It is possible to walk around the island in a day in this island. The island decrease to about 5 square kilometer during high tide. 7000 inhabitants live in St Martin's Island primarily for fishing purpose. Between October and April fisherman from different places are come here for catching fish and bring their catch to this inland. At that time the island makes temporary whole sale fish market.

There is no electricity facility by the government in St Martin's Island. But the large hitel runs generator in the evening.

November to February is the main season for tourist. Actually this the winter season in this area. But you must keep your eyes on the forecast weather at all time when visit this St Martin's Island.

How to Journey Cox's Bazar to  ''St Martin's Island''?

From cox's bazar toTeknaf you can go by road.From Teknaf you can go to St Martin's Island with ship and reach St Martin's Island within two hours. Keri Sindbad is one of the famous ship for St Martin's Island. When the ship cruising along the naf river , uyou will see teknaf hill one side and Myanmar on the other side. Ships are leave the island about 1500 hours (Bangladesh time).

How to Journey Other place to  ''St Martin's Island''?

Journey to St Martin's Island by bus is a two step process. First you will go to Teknaf by bus. Then by ship to St Martin's Island. Another process by air, you will go to Cox's Bazar by air then Cox's Bazar to Teknaf by bus or private car. Then Teknaf to St Martin's Island by ship.

Tourism of St Martin's Island

Before 2004 only foreign visitors and non resident Bangladeshis were permitted to visit this island. However after 2004 Bangladeshi resident also allowed to visit this beautiful island. This island now become a popular tourist spot. Currently dmeore then five shipping lines run daily to this island. Tourist can book their trip from Chittagong or Cox's Bazar or over internet. The surrounding coral reef of the island has an extension named ''Cera Dip'', which is the green part of ''Chera Dip'' engancing the buty of the island. People do not stay on this part of the island. So it you want to visit there you must go early and come back before afternoon.

In the last few year the visitor has increased tremendously. Every year uncountable tourist came  to visit this magnificent island from different corner of the world. You can also visit this beautiful island at any time and enjoy the beauty of the beautiful island.