Tempo  8 ore 44 minuti

Coordinate 3606

Caricato 6 febbraio 2021

Registrato febbraio 2021

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17 m
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4,8
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19,09 km

Visualizzato 90 volte, scaricato 2 volte

vicino a Jinjira Uttarpāra, Chittagong (Bangladesh)

*** This trail depends on the ebb & flow tide (জোয়ার-ভাটা) of ocean. Due to high tide we had to start at 11 am sharp from Konar para beach. From there, trekking through the north and westside beach of Saint Martin we crossed the Chera dwip khal and reached Chera dwip during low tide at 2:30 pm. Through the west side beach enjoying the sunset we returned to Konar para at 7 pm.

Beach route: Konar para beach- Poschim beach- Uttar beach- Main jetty- Purbo nazrul para- Golachipa- Puber beach- Chera dwip- Dokkhin para beach- Poschimer beach- Golachipa- Poschim Nazrul para- Konar para.


Saint Martin's Island
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St. Martin's Island (সেন্ট মার্টিন্স দ্বীপ) is a small island (area only 3 km2) in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. There is a small adjoining island that is separated at high tide, called Chera Dwip. It is about 8 kilometres (5 miles) west of the northwest coast of Myanmar, at the mouth of the Naf River.

Millennia ago, the island used to be an extension of the Teknaf peninsula, but at a later time some portion of this peninsula got submerged and thus the southernmost part of the aforementioned peninsula became an island, and was disconnected from the Bangladesh mainland. The first settlement started 250 years ago by Arabian sailors who named the island 'Jazeera'. During British occupation the island was named after the then Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mr. Martin as St. Martin Island. The local names of the island are "Narikel jinjira" which means 'Coconut Island', and "Daruchini Dwip" which means "Cinnamon island". It is the only coral island in Bangladesh.

The island makes up the Saint Martin's Union Parishad. It has 9 villages/areas:

Paschim Para (Western Neighbourhood)
Deil Para
Uttar Para (Northern Neighbourhood)
Majher Para (Middle Neighbourhood)
Dakshin Para (Southern Neighbourhood)
Purba Para (Eastern Neighbourhood)
Konar Para (Edge Neighbourhood)
Nazrul Para (Neighbourhood of Nazrul)
Golachipa (literally "narrow neck")

Most of the island's approximately 3,700 inhabitants live primarily from fishing. The other staple crops are rice and coconut. Being very common on the island, algae are collected, dried, and exported to Myanmar. Between October and April, the fishermen from neighboring areas bring their caught fishes to the island's temporary wholesale market. However, imports of chicken, meat and other foods come in from the mainland Bangladesh and Myanmar. As the centre and the south are mainly farmland and makeshift huts, most of the permanent structures are around the far north.

During the rainy season, because of the dangerous conditions on the Bay of Bengal, the inhabitants have no scope to go to the mainland (Teknaf) and their life can become dangerous. There is a hospital on the island, but in the past there has often been no doctor.

The only way to reach St. Martin's Island is by water transportation: boats and ships (mostly for tourists) from Cox Bazar and Teknaf. The only internal transport for island is non motorized van (pulled by man.) The roads are made of concrete, and their condition are decent. All the hotels run generators until 11 PM which are not allowed afterwards, so they then rely on solar power, which is popular throughout the island. There is no electricity supply from the national grid since a hurricane in 1991. During the day, it comes alive with water and beach sports, with beach parties and bonfires.

From 1989 to 2004, non-residential Bangladeshis and foreigners were the only people permitted on the island; however, this has changed and now residential Bangladeshis are allowed. St. Martin's Island has become a tourist spot, and five shipping liners run daily trips to the island. Tourists can book their trip either from Chittagong or from Cox's Bazar. The surrounding coral reef has an extension named Chera Dwip. A small bush is there, which is the only green part. People do not live on this part, so it is advisable for the tourists to go there early and come back by afternoon.

A number of efforts have been proposed to preserve the several endangered species of turtles that nest on the island, as well as the corals, some of which are found only on Narikel Jinjira. Pieces of the coral reef are being removed to be sold to tourists. Nesting turtles are sometimes taken for food, and their hatchlings are often distracted by the twinkling lights along the beach. Fish, a few recently discovered, are being overfished. Every year the fishermen must venture further out to sea to get their catch. Most of them use motorless boats.

It is possible to walk around the island in a day because it measures only 8 km2 (3 sq. mile), shrinking to about 5 km2 (2 sq. mi) during high tide. The island exists only because of its coral base, so removal of that coral risks erosion of the beach. Because of this, St. Martin's has lost roughly 25% of its coral reef in the past seven years.

The best weather is usually between November and February; this is the major tourist season. Between March and July, cyclones can strike. The island was devastated by a cyclone in 1991 but has fully recovered, and was untouched by the 2004 tsunami. Thus, March to July is off-season for tourists.

Source: Wikipedia
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KONAR PARA SHIMANA PERIYE RESORT

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DEEN MOHAMMAD CHACHAR TEASTALL

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SOMUDRO BILASH

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GRAVE YARD

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NORTH BEACH

Traghetto

SAINT MARTIN JETTY

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SAINT MARTIN BAZAAR

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BD COAST GUARD

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NAVY OFFICER'S MESS

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ABDULLAH VAI'S BURMEES COFFEE HOUSE

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GOLACHIPA

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TEA STALL

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SOUTH

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CHERA NORTH

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JHAU BON

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KEYA BON

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SOUTHERN MOST POINT OF BD

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LAST KEYA BON

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TEASTALL

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DOKKHIN PARA BEACH

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NAZRUL PARA TEASTALL

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TREK END

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  • Foto di Wind chime

    Wind chime 8-feb-2021

    Ho seguito questo percorso  Vedi altro

    I have done this trail. It was awesome.

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