Khulna is the third-largest city and the capital of Bangladesh’s South-western province. Khulna acts as the main base for organized trips to Sundarbans which makes it one of the most visited cities in the country by tourists. City is situated close to the border with West Bengal, India, and inside itself does not have many sights to offer except few interesting historical monuments and activities which are located nearby in the surrounding areas. The local culture has an actual Indian flavor to it due to big chunk of population being Hindu origin which finds more in common with West Bengal than with east or north Bangladesh. Their cuisine is also one of a kind, many dishes overlap with Indian and Bangladeshi recipes, however, here in the South-western part you will find that in many dishes they add coconut, and that is their distinct identity.

Helpful tips

Restaurants. There are multiple places in the city where you can find descent food. In most of the local restaurants you will find price and quality ration alright. Stop by and try local food in street markets, look for a cleaner place and enjoy!

Markets. In Khulna as in almost every other city in Bangladesh you will not find a lot of cheap souvenirs to put on your fridge. However, you can get something what locals are making on spot and that is much more interesting if you ask us! In our opinion the most interesting is Bangladeshi rich arts and crafts tradition. Search for things made by locals from wood, leather, copper or most importantly cotton and silks.

Transportation. To get to Khulna you can use car, bus, train, boat or all. In order to get there, we used bus, car, ferry and would have used train if we found any at that exact time we were traveling. Either way you choose, be prepared that it will take some time, slowdown, relax and enjoy the trip not the destination.

Probably the most famous way of getting to the city is with “The Rocket” which is an old steamer bot going from Dhaka to South-western parts of the country. It can get tricky, the boat might not come on time or on the exact date you booked, which happened to us. Even during peak season only 1 day per week “The Rocket” is going directly from/to Khulna, so you should plan in advance.

Inside the city you will find yourself using local Tuk Tuk’s, bikes and boats which are one of the main transportation devices used to get around if you need to cross river.

Best of luck planning your holidays in Bangladesh!

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