Floating Guava Market

Barisal, Bangladesh
Floating Guava Market
The floating market appears as the center of Barisal’s (aka The Venice of Bengal) beauty. Nobody knows when the idea of this floating market began, but it’s a hundred-year-old tradition. Development and modernization are taking over the country but it’s surprising to see them not reaching this river-oriented life yet. For more than 100 years, the local farmers have been experiencing the ups and downs of life along with the ebb and flow of the river. Many farmers and wholesalers gather here every day. Not the only guava, but there are also other fruits sold in this market.

The southern region of Bangladesh is famous for guavas, more popularly known in Bangladesh as ‘Bengal’s Apple’. Especially in Jhalakathi Sadar Upazila and at Swarupkathi and Banaripara Upazila in Pirozpur, farmers heavily rely on guava farming. Such diversity of life is hard to be found in other places in the country. Loss in guava farming in one season usually leads to extreme distress for the farmers throughout the year. The current year is one of those.

How To Go
After reaching Barisal Rupatoli bus stand, take “Dhanshiri Paribahan” leaving for Khulna. Ask the bus supervisor to stop at Kirtipasha Mor in Jhalakathi. The bus fare would be 60 takas. From there, take shared Auto Rickshaw to reach Vimruli by paying 20-30 taka.