Report by M Jahirul Islam Jewel, Barishal – Hundreds of tourists are coming to visit the largest floating guava market at Bhimruli of Jhalakathi for enjoying the natural beauty of the market and the guava gardens adjacent to the market.
The scenic beauty of the market and the gardens are fascinating the tourists during the rainy season.
The narrow zigzag canals through the guava gardens, hundreds of small boats loaded with guava or tourists are playing on the canals at the early morning and the sun rising from the east behind the gardens, the rays of the sunshine reflects on the water has all made the area as a picturesque beauty.
The market has brought different working opportunities for the people of the areas.
Mainly during the guava season the market is flooded with the tourists. The season starts in June and ends in September. During the time the guava garden is full with the fruits.
The floating market is surrounded with hundreds of canals liked with the market which is full of water during the rainy season.
All the guava gardens have connected with the floating market through the canals. And some canals have flown through the garden so that small boat can easily move through it. The boat is used for plucking the guava from the garden.
The market regularly starts in early morning and continues till the noon.
The guava famers bring their guavas from the garden to the market after collecting it from the tress.
The boat starts to come in the morning and its number is increased on the passage of time on day.
A number of small and medium boats are available in the market for the tourists; a tourist can easily board on the boat tovisit the areas. The areas are very calm and quiet which make sooth the mind of a tourist.
“I am very much hypnotized by the magical natural beauty of the areas. Every season I come to visit the area for enjoying its beauty.” saidArifur Rahman, a tourist from Barguna.
“We enjoyed the area and discovered the beauty of the natural sight. We have got more pleasures when we touched the guava sitting on the boat during passing through the garden.” said Shanjida a private job holder who visited the place from Dhaka with a group of friends.
The wholesale buyers come to the market in every morning with trawler and pickup van for buying the guava. The guava is transported to different parts of the country including the capital city, said SuvrojitHalder, a wholesale buyer of the area.
The guava has good demand among the buyers for its taste and flavor, he added.
A tourist can also easily buy the sweet guava from the market.
The guava market is situated eight kilometer away from the Jhalakathi district headquarters.
The number of tourists has been increased more after the inauguration of Padma Bridge according to the information of the local people.