Patenga Beach: Photos & Travel Guide
Patenga beach in Chittagong, though not very wide, is the 3rd most popular sea beach in Bangladesh after Cox’s Bazar and Kuakata. Since the spot is close to the city and easy to travel, you can travel to Patenga beach in less time and at less cost. Patenga beach is located on the estuary of the river Karnafuli, just 14 km south of the port city of Chittagong.
When you visit Patenga, you will be mesmerized by the dreamy red reflection of the setting sun across the surface of the sea and breathe in the fresh air. The estuary of Karnafuli and the Bay of Bengal at night highlights a different beauty. So till midnight tourists wander around the beach adjacent to the Naval Academy.
In winter, tourists from different parts of the country gather to have a picnic and enjoy themselves at Patenga beach. Good quality dried fish and marine handicrafts can be bought here. For the beautification and security of Patenga beach, an embankment has been constructed, electric lights have been lit for the night, many rows of cement seats have been made for the visitors and a police box has been set up.
Sunrise and sunset views are most beautiful on Patenga beach. Especially, having a sunny afternoon on the beach is a great thing for everyone. You can rent a speed boat there and go around the sea. There are sea bikes for sightseeing, and for only twenty taka you can have fun on horseback. There is a Burmese market in Patenga for shopping. There are a variety of delicious street food to meet your eating needs.
Near Patenga Beach are Shah Amanat International Airport, Bangladesh Naval Base, Chittagong Port Jetty and The Butterfly Park. All these places are close to each other, so you can visit them in one go. Patenga beach in Chittagong is a beautiful place to spend time with friends and family.
How to go to Patenga Beach
If you want to go to Patenga beach from Dhaka, you have to reach Chittagong city first. You can reach Chittagong by BRTC bus from Dhaka’s Kamalapur terminal and by Saudia, Greenline, Silk Line, Sohag, Baghdad Express or Unique Service bus from Saidabad bus station. Greenline, Sohag, Saudia and Hanif Paribahan are famous among the AC buses from Dhaka to Chittagong. AC bus fare can be 850-1100 taka. Non-AC buses include S. Alam, Saudia, Unique, Shyamoli, Hanif, Eagle etc. Non-AC bus fare is 400-500 taka.
If you want to go from Dhaka to Chittagong by a train, you can travel from Kamalapur or Bimanbandar railway station by Sonar Bangla Express, Subarna Express, Turna Express, Mahanagar Prabhati / Godhuli or Chittagong Mail.
For Dhaka to Chittagong train schedule, ticket price and other necessary information, take a look at: Dhaka to Chittagong Train Schedule & Ticket Price.
There are also direct flights from Dhaka to Chittagong by Bangladesh Biman (02-9560151-10), GMG Airlines (02-8922248), United Air (02-8957640) and Regent Air (02-8953003).
Chittagong can also be reached by road and rail from Sylhet. Greenline transport AC and non AC buses go to Chittagong by road. If you want you can also go by train from Sylhet to Chittagong. 3 trains go to Chittagong from Sylhet railway station. The intercity train Paharika Express leaves every day of the week except Saturday at 10:15 AM, the intercity train Udayan Express leaves every day of the week except Sunday at 09:40 PM, and the mail train Jalalabad Express leaves for Chittagong at 10:10 PM every day of the week. Train fares range from 175 taka to 1200 taka.
Find out more about schedule and ticket price for Sylhet to Chittagong train: Sylhet to Chittagong Train Schedule & Ticket Price.
How to go to Patenga Beach from Chittagong
Patenga beach is 14 km south of Chittagong Zero Point. From Chittagong city you can go to Patenga by your own car, CNG autorickshaw or local bus. It will take half an hour or a little more to reach Patenga from Chittagong city. If you go by CNG autorickshaw, the fare will be 250-260 taka. If you want to take a bus from Chittagong to Patenga, you can get a beach-bound bus from Chittagong’s New Market, Railway Station Road, Bahaddarhat, Lalkhan Bazar Bend, GEC Turn or Chawk Bazar Point. Most of the buses have the word ‘Sea Beach’ written on them.
Patenga Hotels and Resorts
Butterfly Park Rest House is a nice place to stay near Patenga beach. Rent from 4 thousand to 7 thousand taka. Phone: 01195010500, 01195010601. However, you can book a hotel in Chittagong city and visit Patenga from there. That’s what most tourists do. Because there are different quality hotels in Chittagong. Below are the addresses and contact information of some of the hotels. All of these are standard but low budget hotels.
1. Hotel Paramount, Station Road, Chittagong
It is just opposite the new railway station. This is a great hotel at an affordable price. It is in a very nice location, and it contains so many wide corridors that even five star hotels do not have. The rooms are good too. Rent is non-AC single 800 taka, double 1300 taka, AC single 1400 taka and AC double bed 1800 taka. Call to book: 031-2856771, 01713-248758.
2. Hotel Asian SR, Station Road, Chittagong
This is also a very nice hotel. Neat and clean. Rent: 1000 taka Non-AC single, AC single: 1725 taka. Call to book: 01711-889555.
3. Hotel Safina, Enayet Bazar, Chittagong
This is a medium quality hotel with almost family atmosphere. It has a beautiful restaurant on the roof. It feels good to spend time there at night. Room rent starts from 700 taka. AC room 1300 taka. Book: 031-0614004.
4. Hotel Naba Inn, Road-5, Plot-60, O R Nizam Road, Chittagong
It's a little expensive hotel. However, it is ideal for those who want to stay in the area. Rent: 2500/3000 taka. Book your room: 01755568382.
5. Hotel Landmark, 3072 Sheikh Mujib Road, Agrabad, Chittagong
This is a good hotel to stay in Agrabad. Rent: 2300-3400 taka. To book: 0182-0141995, 01731-886997.