Kuakata, locally known as Sagar Kannya (Daughter of the Sea) is a sea beach of rare scenic beauty on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. The most important attraction of the beach is that one can see both sunrise and sunset from some of its locations. Situated 320 km from DHAKA and 70 km from the PATUAKHALI district headquarters, Kuakata is part of the Latachapli union of KALAPARA upazila. The best way to reach Kuakata from Dhaka is to first travel to BARISAL by road, water, or air, and then to take the bus or boat/launch for the destination. The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation introduced a direct bus service from Dhaka to Kuakata via Barisal.
The name Kuakata have originated from Kua-Well dug on the sea shore by the early Rakhine settlers in quest of collecting drinking water, who landed on Kuakata coast after expelled from Arakan by Moughals. Afterwards, it has become a tradition of digging Kua-Well in the neighbourhood of Rakhaine homestead for collection water for drinking purpose and general use. The beach at Kuakata is 18 km long and 3 km wide. This sandy beach slopes into the BAY OF BENGAL. Other attractions at Kuakata include blue sky, huge expanse of water, the evergreen forest in surrounding areas, rows of coconut trees, boats of many different kinds and their colourful sails, and surfing waves. Main tourist season is in winter but all over the year tourists visit this place
Kuakata is truly a virgin beach-a sanctuary for migratory winter birds, a series of coconut trees, sandy beach of blue bay, a feast for the eye. Forest, boats plying in the Bay of Bengal with colourful sails, fishing, towering cliffs, surfing waves everything here touches every visitor's heart. The unique customs and costumes of the 'Rakhine' tribal families and Buddhist Temple of about hundred years old indicate the ancient tradition and cultural heritage, which are objects of great pleasure Kuakata is the place of pilgrimage of the Hindus and Buddhist communities. Many people visiting Kuakata find interest in the Buddhist temples located at nearby places such as Keranipara, Misripara and Amkholapara, while many others find the place interesting because of the unique customs and traditions of the Rakhain community. Kuakata is also a place of pilgrimage of Hindus and Buddhists. Devotees arrive here during the festivals of Rash Purnima and Maghi Purnima. A major ritual on these occasions is dipping in the holy waters of Kuakata. Visitors also enjoy the traditional fairs organised to mark these celebrations.