The southern region of Bangladesh is famous for guavas, more popularly known as ‘Bengal’s Apple’. Bhimruli, a village of Jhalakathi district under Barisal division, is more famous for its floating market of guava (peyara) and hog plum (amra).
The village, 15 kilometers away from the district town, always remains crowded with buyers and sellers and travelers. All day long round the year, different types of products are traded there. While visiting the place if anyone gets hungry, floating food stalls are available there to fill their stomachs.
The eye-soothing guava orchards on canals over Jhalakathi’s Sugandha, Bishkhali, Gabkhan and Sandhya rivers are southern region’s main places of guava farming. Every day, thousands of tonnes of guavas are supplied all across the country. Boats are the main transportation for supplying. Farmers carry the guavas onto the boats from the river-adjacent orchards. Hundreds of boats filled with guava are seen gathered in these rivers and all trades occur on boats.
The floating market appears as the centre 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 modernisation 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 ups and downs in their lives along with the ebb and flow of the river. Many farmers and wholesalers gather there every day. Not only guava, there are other fruits sold in this market.
Boat Market: Boat makers at the weekly “Noukar Haat” (boat market) in Kuriana under the Swarupkathi upazila of Pirojpur district are doing brisk business during this monsoon season. The two kilometre marketplace is noted for the trade at different varieties of boats during the monsoon season. The market runs every Friday from May to November. “Panis” or “Pinis”, “Dingi” and “Naak Golui” are the types of boats available for sale, built by local craftsmen from the Muktahar, Chami, Boldia, Inderhaat, Boitha Kata, Dubi and Kathali villages.
How to go
After reaching Barisal Rupatoli bus stand, travelers need to take “Dhanshiri Paribahan” leaving for Khulna. They can ask the bus supervisor to stop at Kirtipasha Mor in Jhalakathi. Bus fare would be Tk 60 per person. From there, they can take and share auto rickshaw to reach Vimruli by paying Tk 20-30.