Kuakata, locally known as Sagar Kanya (Daughter of the Sea) is a rare scenic spot located on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. Kuakata in Latachapli union under Kalapara Police Station of Patuakhali district is about 30 km in length and 6 km in breadth. It is 70 km from Patuakhali district headquarters and 320 km from Dhaka. An excellent combination of the picturesque natural beauty, sandy beaches, blue sky and the shimmering expanse of water of the Bay of Bengal and the evergreen forest makes Kuakata a much sought after tourist destination
The name Kuakata takes its origin from the story of a ‘Kua’ or well dug on the sea shore by the carly Rakhaine settlers for collecting drinking water. The Rakhaines had landed on Kuakata coast after being expelled from Arakan by the Mughals. Following the first well, it became a tradition to dig wells in the neighborhood of Rakhaine homesteads for fresh water supply.
Kuakata is one of the unique spots which allow a visitor to watch both the sunrise and the sunset from the beach. That perhaps makes Kuakata one of the world’s most attractive beaches. The long and wide beach at Kuakata has a typical natural setting. This sandy beach slopes gently into the Bay and bathing there is as pleasant as is swimming or diving.
Kuakata is truly a virgin beach and a sanctuary for migratory winter birds. Fishing boats plying in the Bay of Bengal with colourful sails, surfing waves and the lines of coconut trees add to the vibrant colours of Kuakata. The indigenous culture of the Rakhaine community and hundred year old Buddhist temples indicate the age-old tradition and cultural heritage of this area. Kuakata is also a holy land for the Hindus and Buddhists. Each year thousands of devotees come here to attend the festivals Rash Purnima and Maghi Purnima. On these two days, pilgrims take holy bath and enjoy going to the traditional fairs
B. Answer the following questions: 2 5-10
(a) Where did the name ‘Kuakata’ come from? Answer: The name ‘Kuakata’ came from the story of a ‘Kua’. The word means a well which was dug on the sea shore by the early Rakhine settlers for collecting drinking water. (b) What is the most unique feature of Kuakata? Answer: The unique feature of Kuakata is that it allows a visitor to watch both the sunrise and the sunset from the beach.
(c) Why would one visit Kuakata ? Answer: One would visit Kuakata to watch the sunrise and sunset, enjoy the natural beauty, visit the hundred year old Buddhist temples and also attend the festivals Rash Purnima and Maghi Purnima
(d) What are the things that add to the beauties of Kuakata?
Answer: Fishing boats plying in the Bay of Bengal with colorful sails, surfing waves and the lines of coconut trees add to the beauties of Kuakata.
(e) What, according to the text makes Kuakata a much sought after tourist destination?
Answer: An excellent combination of the picturesque natural beauty, sandy beaches, blue sky and the shimmering expanse of water of the Bay of Bengal and the evergreen forest makes Kuakata a much sought-after tourist destination.
Choose the correct answer from the alternatives:
(a) What does the word ‘Known’ in the passage refer to? (i) common (ii) obscure (iii) familiar (iv) general
(b) Where is Kuakata located? (i) in Khulna (ii) in Patuakhali (iii) in Barishal (iv) in Bagerhat
(e) The word ‘Indigenous’ mentioned in the passage means
(i) foreign (ii) native (iii) alien (iv) akin
(d) The word ‘heritage’ mentioned in the passage means
(i) usual (ii) common (iii) tradition (iv) formal
(e) The Rakhaines originally came from (i) Arakan district (ii) Kuakata coast (iii) Latachapli Union (iv) Barguna
Choose the correct answer from the alternatives: 1×5-5
(a) ‘Scenic spot’ refers to
(i) a place having multiple scenes (ii) a place having a calm atmosphere (iii) a place of unparalleled natural beauty (iv) a place having untidy spots
(b) The word ‘shimmering in the text could be best replaced by. (1) shivering (ii) shining (iii) significant (iv) glaring
(c) The Rakhaines originally came from (1) Patuakhali district (ii) Latachapli union (iii) Kuakata coast (iv) Arakan distric