The largest guava garden in Asia has been established in the border area of three districts of Jhalokati, Barisal, and Pirojpur. This guava garden is grown on about 31 thousand acres of land in 26 villages. About 20,000 families of these places are directly involved in guava cultivation. Besides, Banaripara Upazila of Barisal is also famous for guava cultivation.
The floating market is located in Vimruli of Jhalokati district, the southern part of Bangladesh. Though the Bazar sits throughout the year, in the season of Guava, it gets the life. The Bazar sits in the small canals of the village Vimruli, which is about 15 kilometers away from the Jhalokathi district town, runs from morning to evening every day. Hundreds of boats are loaded with guava. The sellers look for the buyer in the canals. Here most of the buyers are the wholesaler. They come to market with big engine boats, buy guava from small boats and take it in Dhaka city as well as other big cities.
Vimruli Floating Guava hat sits at the estuarine of the canals. Three canals have joined here from three sides. In this spacious estuary, the fruit growers/sellers search for the boat who want to buy the guava. In Vimruli, there are Countless guava gardens in all the villages. From these gardens, the growers bring the fruits with boats in this floating Bazar to sell directly. At the northern end of the floating market, there is a small bridge above the canal. You can see the market clearly from here. The interesting thing is that the size and design of all the boats here are almost the same. It seems as if all boats made of the same craftsman.
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How To Go To Floating Guava Market:
There are many ways to go to Floating Guava Market. The best way is to go by Launch. Let’s check out other ways also.
Going Jhalokati By Launch: At 6 PM from Sadarghat, two launches including MV Tipu and MV Sunderban-2 go for Jhalokati. It will take for Double cabin BDT 1800, for single cabin BDT 800, for Deck BDT 200 per persons.
Going Jhalokati By Steamer: From Dhaka Sadarghat, at 6 PM, leaves the PIWTA Rocket-Steamer for Jhalokati including PS Mahasud, PS Ostrich, PS Leopcha and PS Turn. In the weekend, the steamer goes one by one. It will need for the first-class cabin BDT 1250, the second class cabin BDT 760 per person. And for the third class cabin, it will cost BDT 190.
Going Guava Market Via Hularhat: From Dhaka Sadarghat you can go to Hularhat by Launch. From Sadarghat, 4/5 launches leave every day between 7 PM to 8 PM. It will take BDT 100 to BDT 180 in the deck, for single cabin BDT 900, for double or couple cabin BDT 1800. In the next day (Morning), it will take you Banaripara at 6 AM. You have to land here.
From Banaripara, take an engine boat/trawler as soon as possible. It will take BDT 1500 to 2000 for reserving the boat. Ask the boatman to take/make a camp (Roof With Tent) on the boat. It will save you from the sun. At the same time, tell the boatman to take the boat directly to Vimrul Bazar. It will take 1.5 hours to reach the floating Bazar. Every boatman knows about the bazaar, as it is the biggest guava market in Asia, so there is no problem. Move 1 hour within the bazaar. Leave the Bazar before 1 PM. Then tell the boatman to take you on the Atghor School Ghat. Complete your bath here.
Then go to Kureana Bazar. Take lunch and eat there. Now tell the boat to go to Banaripara or Nadarabad. You will get the bus for Barisal from here. Get out of the bus at Gutia. Visit Gutia Mosque. Then take an auto for Durgasagar Dighi. Now you will go to Barisal on the bus. The launch will leave for Dhaka from here and it will start at 8:30 PM. The last launch will leave near 9 PM. So, take preparation and finish your dinner from here.
Going By Bus from Dhaka: From Dhaka Gabtoli, you will find several buses that will go to Jhalokati. It will take BDT 800 for AC and for Non-AC, it will need BDT 350 to 450. The buses include Druti, Eagle, Shurovi, Sakura, etc. You will also get the buses from Sayedabad. For example, Sugondha. For landing on the Jhalokati Bazar in the morning, you will get a motorbike for going to Floating Guava Bazaar. It takes half an hour. You will get the Engine Boat from Jhalokati Launch Ghat or Kathpotti which is preferable and comfortable for watching the Guava Bazaar. It takes 1 hour to reach the Vimrul Bazaar. For 10 to 15 persons engine boat will cost you BDT 1500 to 2000 for the whole day. If you are in a group, it will be comfortable for you.
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Barisal To Guava Market: On the Khulna Highway road, you will find buses that go to Jhalokati. Tell the driver to land you on the Kirtipasha Mor after Jhalokati. It will take BDT 60. From here, you will get direct Auto for Vimrul Floating Guava Market.
Perfect Time To Visit Floating Guava Market:
Although the peak season of Guava is July and August, there are several markets that continue to sell till September. Generally, August is the most suitable time to see the floating guava market. Important to realize, after 11 am, it started to reduce the crowd. So it is the best time to go to the market if you want to watch very closely.
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Where will you stay?
If you want to stay the night, you will get hotels in Jhalokati Sadar. Though it is not enough, you will get 2/3 hotels where you can stay the night at an affordable cost, nearly BDT 100 to 250. The hotels in Jhalokati are Dhanshiri Rest House (Kalibari Road), Arafat Boarding (Kalipotti), Halima Boarding (Sadar Road), etc. At the same time, you will find one hotel in Swarupkathi (Miyar Hat) named Hotel Ifti. The hotel is located at the side of the river. It is not so decorated, but enjoyable.
After all, if you want to get a high-quality hotel, you have to go to Barisal and you can go here within 25 minutes. The distance between Jhalokati to Barisal is 20 KM.
Where will you eat?
When you have completed watching Floating Market of Vimrul, go to Kureana Bazar. You will find a hotel named Sokal Shonda. Locally, it is also known as “Boudir Hotel.” If you are in a small group of 6-7 people, you will get sufficient foods here. But if you go with a large group of up to 20 members, then it is better to talk before to get the foods. At the hotel, you will get fresh fish with deshi rice. It’s very amazing.
Attractive Places In Floating Guava Market:
- Gutia Mosque
- Durgasagar Dighi
- Enjoying local foods
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Tips for Traveling Floating Guava Market:
- Do not throw waste into the water.
- It is the best option to go to Floating Guava Bazaar with a group.
- It is very comfortable to go by launch without going by bus.
- Do not forget to eat the local sweet.
- If you do not know swimming, wear a life jacket when riding by boat (Mandatory).
- If you want to eat Guava from the garden, take permission from the owner.
Want to make a group or family tour in Floating Guava Market?
Floating Guava Market is a perfect place for a group or family tour. The beauty of this place will give you awesome feelings. At the same time, you can come back within a day by visiting here. Hopefully, you can go to Floating Guava Market within a tight budget. If you want to travel Floating Guava Market with safety and want to enjoy the place with more joy, Travel Mate can help you with arranging the tour. Contact us for further details. Above all, you may add any missing information from the comment section. Happy Traveling.