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Barisal District

Barisal District
বরিশাল জেলা
Barishal District
Barisal Town Hall
Barisal Town Hall
Location of Barisal District in Bangladesh
Location of Barisal District in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 22°48′N 90°22′E / 22.80°N 90.37°E / 22.80; 90.37
Country  Bangladesh
Division Barisal Division
Bakerganj District 1760
 • Total 2,784.52 km2 (1,075.11 sq mi)
  Census 2011
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,324,310
 • Density 830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Barisali, Borishailla
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Postal code 8200

Barisal District, officially known as Barishal District,[1] is a district in south-central Bangladesh, formerly called Bakerganj district, established in 1797.[2] Its headquarters are in the city of Barisal, which is also the headquarters of Barisal Division.[3]

Geography and climate

Latitude: 22.75, Longitude: 90.36, Altitude: 4.

The maximum annual average temperature is 35.1 °C, minimum 12.1 °C; annual rainfall is 1955 mm.

Chandpur, Madaripur and Shariatpur districts on the north; Jhalokati, Barguna and Patuakhali districts on the south; Lakhmipur, Bhola district and Meghna river on the east and Pirojpur, Jhalokati and Gopalganj districts on the west.


Meghna, Arial Khan, Bishkhali, Kirtankhola, Tetulia, Kalbadar, Evening etc.


Barisal District is a district in southern Bangladesh and is also the headquarter of Barisal Division.[3]

In order to establish a Magistrase in Bakerganj in 1797, according to Regulation 7, Bakerganj district was established with Bakla-Chandradvipa. The name of this district is named after the influential Zamindar Aga Bakr Khan. On 1 May 1801, Sir John Shore, headquarters of this district, shifted to Barisal city. It was later known as Barisal. In 1817, the ezela became a collectorate. When Dhaka division was established in 1829, this district was included in the Dhaka Division. This is one of the four collectibles that comprise Dhaka Division or commissionership. It was located approximately 180 miles east of Kolkata. At that time, the area of the district was 4,066 square miles (according to 1872) which was present throughout Madaripur, Barisal, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali and Bhola districts. From the 'Calcutta Gadget' published on 17 September 1874, the reference of the border of Bakerganj district was found in it, it is said, "Faridpur in the north of this district, Faridpur and Baleshwar rivers on the west, separated from Jessore, the Bay of Bengal on the south and the Meghna river and its estuary. The location of this district lies on the lower plains of the Ganges or the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna, which is composed of alluvial plains, and it is located 21 ° to 23 ° North latitude and 89 ° to 91 ° East longitude. In short, its boundary is: Faridpur to the north, Faridpur and Balaswar river on the west (separated the river district from Jessore), the Bay of Bengal on the south and Meghna and its estuary in the east. The length of the district from north to south is about 85 miles, and its width is approximately 60 miles in south shahbajpur island. Its area is about 4,300 square miles." The number of villages and towns in this district is 3312. The land revenue is about 13 lakh 70 thousand rupees (137,000 pounds) and the total revenue from all sources is 16 lakh rupees. Local administration costs less than three lakhs.[citation needed]


Barisal District had a population of 2,324,310 at the 2011 Census (provisional).


Barisal's economic is mostly based on farming and fishing.


Barisal is served by the Barisal Airport which is located just outside the city. It has frequent flight services to Dhaka via Biman Bangladesh AirlinesNovo Air US-Bangla Airlines and GMG Airlines.


Notable educational institutions in Barisal include Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, University of Barisal, Barisal Cadet College, Govt. B M College, Govt. Barisal College, Govt. Hatem Ali College, Govt. Woman's College, Barisal Polytechnic Institute, Govt. Fazlul Huq College, Barisal Technical School and College, A. Karim Ideal College,Ideal Cadet School & College.


Barisal District is divided into the following Upazilas (formerly called Thanas):

  1. Agailjhara Upazila
  2. Babuganj Upazila
  3. Bakerganj Upazila
  4. Banaripara Upazila
  5. Barisal Sadar Upazila
  6. Gaurnadi Upazila
  7. Hizla Upazila
  8. Mehendiganj Upazila
  9. Muladi Upazila
  10. Wazirpur Upazila

Culture and places of interest

12 km out of Barisal City is the Durga Sagar, an area of about 2,500 hectares, the largest pond or dighi of southern Bangladesh. It is located at Babuganj Upazila, about 11 km away from Barisal town. Locally it is known as Madhabpasha Dighi. Initially there were four pucca ghats each having 15m width. Due to a lack of proper maintenance, jungles gradually surrounded the dighi. However, in 1975, government renovated it to some extent. There are coconut trees around the dighi which together with the dighi are bounded by brick-walls. Presently, Barisal Development Board is looking after it. This is one of the main place of residence for the migrant birds that comes in winter.[citation needed]

Near Durga Sagar there are the ancient ruins of the palace of a local landlord of the British colonial era (called zamindar in Bengali). It is only a 15 minutes ride on a rickshaw from Durga Sagar.[citation needed]

The Bangabandhu Uddan (former Bell's Park) is a place inside Barisal City, right on the banks of the Kirtonkhola (or Kirton Khola) river. South of Barisal city there is a beach town, Kuakata. There are several hotels and motels in Kuakata. This is where the Marma live. Southeast, over the Kirtonkhola, Shahid Abdur Rab Serniabat Bridge was inaugurated in 2011.[4]


Print media:

  • Prothom Alo (National)
  • The Daily Kaler kantho (National)
  • Daily Samakal (National)
  • Dainik News (National)


Notable personalities


  1. ^ Mahadi Al Hasnat (2 April 2018). "Mixed reactions as govt changes English spellings of 5 district names". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  2. ^ KAM Saiful Islam (2012). "Barisal District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  3. ^ a b About Barisal Local Government Engineering Department, Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives; retrieved 14 May 2014.
  4. ^ "PM pledges steps to check food prices". The Daily Star. UNB. Retrieved 3 October 2015.