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Natural Beauty of Bangladesh: the Six Shades of Green on St. Martin’s Island

The weather in Bangladesh

Summer (Mid-April to mid-June)

Summer means Bangladesh and Bangladesh means tropical summer, too. But let’s try to realize what exactly the seasons are in this beautiful country before we go there for vacation. Let’s start with searching for a local private tour guide because he can explain to us the season changing in this country and recommend which cloth to take and which accessories to use during our trip there!

Forget about your American or European calendar because here it does not work. Bangladesh summer consists of Baishakh and Jaishtho Bengali months. The first day of Baishakh is glorified nationwide as the Bengali New Year's first day. With the sun directly over your head, the heat tides can be felt even from home. The summer temperature runs up to 44 degrees Celsius. The soils break and water begins to dry up. In agrarian areas, many ceremonies take place begging God to grant rain. The pleasing thing about the summer is that some of the most mouth-watering fruits can only be found at this time of the year. A single taste of the delicious Mango, Jackfruit, Litchi, Watermelon, or Blackberry can make you fall in love with it. Pretty flowers like regular Roses, China roses, and Jasmine blossom mostly during summer. But it is not the ideal time to visit Bangladesh for tourists because a powerful storm named “Kalbaishakhi” attacks the provinces during this season and causes a lot of injuries every year. 

The rainy season (Mid-June to mid-August)

After the unsupportable heat of the summer, the rainy season comes as a blessing from god. It quenches the water thirst of nature. The trees look greener and the rivers are at their full tide. The clouds start to gather over the horizon acknowledging everyone about the upcoming heavy rainfall. The dried-up nature gets rejuvenated. It is the ideal business time for fishermen. But, the blissful rainy season has its downside too. Flood takes place almost every year due to excessive rainfall washing away miles of lowlands. Despite this problem, the romantic weather of the rainy season is favored by most Bangladeshis. Many poetry, songs, and art of Bengali literature have been inspired by the showery season. If you want to see the rivers of Bangladesh in full flow and enjoy the scenic beauty of the rain, this is the perfect time to visit for you. But, make sure you come with a tour guide so that he/she can plan and manage your trip to avoid floods.

Autumn (Mid-August to mid-September)

In the middle of August, the heavy clouds started to move away and the sky looked brighter again. Autumn comprises the Bengali months, Bhadra and Ashwin. The blue sky, green paddy field, and crystal clear water create a heavenly environment. Numerous flowers bloom to add color to nature. The moonlit nights in autumn are very special. Visiting jungles and beaches on one of these nights will captivate you with its unreal beauties. 

Late Autumn (Mid-September to mid-November)

The natural beauty of Bangladesh is at its very best during this season. You can enjoy the most soothing weather if you visit now. This is the paddy harvesting season in Bangladesh. The color of the paddy field makes the whole place look like a golden carpet. A ritual named ‘Nobanno Utshob’ takes place on the eve of cutting the ripe paddy and replanting the new ones. You can ask your tour guide to take you to one of these festivals. The farmers are very nice people and they will greet you with a warm welcome. The chilly breeze of the winter will start to show up. For tourists, this is the ideal time to visit this wonderful country.

Winter (Mid November to Early February)

After the relaxing weather of Autumn comes the icy cold winter. The green leaves are all shed and the whole of nature goes into hibernation mode. You’ll require heavy clothing and the necessary protection against the cold weather. But, even this dried condition has its own beauty. The foggy and smoky winter morning in Dhaka looks quite phenomenal. Date and Palm juices are special attractions of this season. With no rainfall whatsoever this is the most preferred season to visit the beaches like Cox’s Bazar, Kuakata, or Chittagong. A very special dessert named Pitha is made in rural villages during this time of the year. The most delicious vegetables are found in the winter. Winter is also known as the wedding season in Bangladesh as most of the wedding ceremonies take place during this time of the year.

Spring (Mid-February to mid-April)

Spring is comprehended as the king of all seasons. After the extreme cold of the winter, the weather is comfortable once again. Flowers bloom and small leaves grow on trees as if the whole of nature has just woken up from its long slumber. Neither hot nor cold, it’s one of the best times for visiting Bangladesh. Many festivals are arranged throughout the whole season. Photographers and filmmakers love this time of the year. Butterflies and bees add color to the already colorful nature. A gentle breeze coming from the south side will cool bodies and minds. You’ll see flocks of migratory birds flying over the seas and rivers. Overall, Bangladesh is a very nice place to spend your next holiday. If you can ignore the traffic jam and congestion you are going to enjoy it a lot. The food here is delicious. You’ll love the beaches, the jungles, the tea gardens, and the archeological wonders of the country. There are a number of luxurious hotels and motels to ensure your comfortable stay here. Having a local private tourist guide to plan your whole trip will help you a lot. With a small amount of cash, you can ensure a safe and convenient trip.

St. Martin’s Island: Your Perfect Vacation Spot

Every once in a while you need a vacation to relax and see what else the world has to offer apart from your usual daily routine. The trick to finding the perfect vacation is the choice of destination, whether it be the Caribbean, a city break, or island hopping among the remote beaches of South East Asia, it matters a lot where you choose to enjoy your holidays. If you are looking for a relatively unknown, beautiful beach to spend your next holiday, St. Martin’s Island of Bangladesh is a perfect match for you. It is a treasure chest of nature that will mesmerize you with its outstanding natural beauty. To get the full taste of the visit, hiring a local private tour guide is a must. 

Location

St. Martin's is a small island located on the northeastern side of the Bay of Bengal. It is placed about 10 kilometers southwest of the southern tip of the mainland. The whole place is covered with coconuts and palm trees and the water bodies harbor a rich marine life. The place also goes by the name of “Narikel Jinjira” which means 'Coconut Island' in Bengali. This small piece of paradise is the only coral Island in Bangladesh. With an experienced local tour guide, you can walk around the whole island in a single day. You can also travel by a local vehicle, named Rickshaw.

Main Attractions

St. Martin’s Island is one of the most beautiful places that you’ll ever visit. Characterized by strong winds, pearl-like white sand, surfing, striking blue freshwater lakes, crystalline creeks, giant dunes, and lush Coconuts; this humongous sandbar forms an enigmatic island paradise with unparalleled beauty. Our local tour guide will show you the long coral beach and the coral reef in detail. 

Crystal clear water that abodes rich biodiversity and unpolluted nature work as the key factor behind attracting tourists. Some mangrove species like Kirpa, Khalshi, Keya, Gorgoza, and Jhao are forested at the southern tip of the island. The majority of the locals are fishermen. They earn their living by selling these fish in the local markets. In the water bodies, you’ll find sea fishes like Tuna, Pomfret, Mackerel, Coral fish, etc. Various types of shrimps, lobsters, and rare species of giant crabs can also be found here. 

St Martin’s Island is ideal for tourists who are eager to escape the pollution of the modern world. You won’t find tarred roads, taxis, or electricity here. Lodges are supported by generators, as the island is all about the sea, sun, and palm trees. The island comes alive with water and beach sports during the day while bonfires and beach parties light up the evening skies. St. Martin’s Island is particularly famous for its sunset scenarios. The sun gradually disappears into the waters below and a blend of reds, oranges, and yellow will make the sky look like a masterpiece of Picasso or DA Vinci. Walking on the sand of the same color will make you feel like a fire walker – bold and daring. The contrast created between the luminous sky and the dark waters makes the horizon appear like a meeting of two separate universes. Sitting on any black stone or sand to enjoy the moonlight night will be a fascinating experience for any tourist.

The chaste and unpolluted fishy smell of the Island will take your mind away from the smog that surrounds us all in the city.

When to Visit 

November to February is the best time for visiting St. Martins. The weather is very comfortable with minimal rainfall. That’s why most tourists prefer this season. Devastating cyclones hit the coasts of Bangladesh from March to July. So, you should avoid this time of the year when visiting St. Martins. For detailed information, you can contact a local tourist guide.

Accommodation

Unfortunately, accommodation facilities on St. Martin's Island are limited. You can solve this problem by contacting your private tourist guide prior to your arrival. Motel Nijhum is the biggest and the best hotel in St. Martins. For sudden visitors, the chance of getting a reservation in this hotel is nearly impossible in peak seasons. Prashad Paradise & Sraboni Bilash comes next in terms of quality of service.  All these three hotels are situated very near to the shore. You can enjoy the magnificent view of the Sea from the hotel lobby or verandah. You’ll also find a number of cheap and small hotels here.

Famous Tourist Spots

Chera Dwip

The funny thing about this place is, it is actually a part of St. Martin’s, but gets separated during tides. You can go there using a motorbike or a tourist boat. Many enthusiastic tourists go there on foot. The place is very popular among tourists for scuba diving or snorkeling in the Bay of Bengal.

Living and dead corals are scattered all over the Island. If you hire a local tourist guide, he will show you a small bush, which is the only green part of the place adding to the beauty of the Island. No one lives here in Chera Dwip. So, it is advisable to tell your tourist guide to take you there in the early morning so that you can come back by afternoon.

Cinnamon Lake

This place is one of the principal attractions of St. Martins.  Dears and monkeys of different species can be found in their small mangrove habitats. Flocks of migrating birds come to this place in the winter season in search of food and shelter, enhancing the beauty of the place. You’ll find many local restaurants catering delicious foods for tourists. A local tour guide can help you manage all the things required for your convenient stay here. 

St. Martin’s Island is one of the best places to spend your holidays. The experience of being here will remain with you forever. For first-timers, the Island casts such a spell that you cannot but return to this sandy paradise. It is a true symbol of peace and serenity that will eliminate the miseries and horrors of your past and will provide you with the much-needed energy to recharge yourself.

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