There is a magnificent history of naming Barisal. During British rule, the salt made here was called berry salt. Barisal became a name from that Bari Salt.
Barisal is better known as Venice of the East. Barisal is famous for the Kirtonkhola river and big launches and steamers. It has so many eye-catching sights that will blow your mind away. Barisal has been established by combining the natural empire with the history of thousands of years.
Barisal formed on the riverbank of Kirtonkhola river. The people of Barisal are indebted to this river for thousands of years. It connects BARISAL to other parts of the country. The second largest river port in the country is situated here. The beauty of Kirtonkhola will melt your heart.
Various kings have ruled the kingdom of Chandradwip (Barisal) for 200 years. They have multiple patterns scattered all over Barisal. One such example is Durgasagar Dighi. Historians believe that the dighi was dug in 180 AD by Shiva Narayan Roy, the fifteenth king of the Chandradwip kingdom. He dug this tank as a symbol of his love for his wife. The lake is named after Queen Durgavati, Durgasagar Dighi. According to official estimates, the lake is currently located on 45 acres.
Bibi’s pond has been a traditional artificial water Reservoir for centuries. This eye-catching pond has a remarkable history itself. During British rule, Christian missionaries came to Barisal in the early 1800s. A missionary named William Carey rescues a Muslim girl named Jinnah Bibi from Portuguese bandits. Kerry raised the girl as his adopted daughter. In 1906, Jinnah Bibi dug a reservoir to alleviate the water shortage of the people at her time. Since then, this pond has been known as Bibi’s pond (bibir pukur).
Lakutia Zamindar House
The 300-year-old Lakutia zamindar’s house is located at Lakutia village, 6 km far from Barisal city. Rajtantra Roy, son of Rupchandra Roy, built this traditional structure in the 19th century. The Lakutia zamindar’s house has a beautiful monastery, a vast lake, and a field full of greenery. Even in the nineteenth century, this zamindar house of zamindar Rajchandra Roy was the region’s focal point of cultural activities. But over time, everything is now a rusty memory.
The Ghutia mosque is another beautiful creation situated in Uzirpur Upazila on the Barisal-Banaripara road. It is the largest mosque in the southern part of the country. Educationist S. Saifuddin Ahmed built this mosque on about 14 acres of land near his house in Changuria village.
The mosque has two huge minarets of 193 feet, and the Eidgah has a capacity of more than 20,000. More interestingly, about 210,000 workers had worked to build the mosque.
How to go to Barisal:
There are 3 ways to go there. You can choose air, bus or launch. But the popular way to go to Barisal is by launch. There are various launch departs for Barisal from Sadarghat, Dhaka.