Rivers and canals are spread like a net in the heart of Barisal, one of the largest districts of Bangladesh. The Barisal region is completely flooded by rivers. Residents have dinghy boats, whether they have any other means of transportation or not.
Seen through the eyes of a bird, it will look like a vast forest. But this state surrounded by greenery may seem like a forest, but it is basically a guava garden. Numerous small canals flow through the heart of this garden. It is the largest guava garden in Asia. More than 20,000 families are directly involved in this guava orchard.
The fruit of the green berry variety is guava. This delicious fruit is called guava apple of Bengal. Barisal region is the main cash crop. Guava is cultivated here for miles and miles.
A floating guava market has sprung up at the mouth of the Bhimruli canal along the Kuriana canal. A collection of small dinghy boats loaded with yellow and green guava. It seems to be all hand-made by the same craftsman. The buyer calls the seller all around. Sometimes the sound of the launch is vo. It is a different feeling.
The small dinghy boats load the guavas from the garden and bring them to the buyers. Most of the guavas here are bought and sold at wholesale prices.
All purchases and sales here are done in cash. The wholesalers wait for the sellers with their launches. Wholesalers aim to buy at a relatively low price while sellers aim to sell at as high a price as possible. Guava is sold in this market. The wholesalers here are buying guavas for 300-350 rupees. Wholesalers buy guavas from here and ship them to the city. About 3,000 manas (120,000 kg) of guavas are sold in this market every day during the monsoon season.
The busiest time in this market is from 12 noon to 3 pm. At this time the number of dinghy boats exceeded 100.
Domestic tourists as well as foreign tourists are flocking to see this beautiful guava garden. The number of visitors is increasing day by day. Besides visiting the guava trade, the visitors can also buy baskets of guavas for themselves if they want.
For visitors, there is an opportunity to visit this vast guava garden next to the floating guava market.
There is an arrangement to visit the guava garden for a small amount (30 rupees). You can visit the garden as you like by walking or by boat.
From July to September, the region is surrounded by greenery and the canal water is plentiful. August to September is the guava season. This is the time when the floating market is most crowded. This is the best time to visit the floating guava market.
Our season begins with the end of the guava season. Lemons, grapefruits and many other kinds of fruits are sold with hog plum.
Approximately the floating market journey began 200 years ago with the sale of seasonal fruits by boat and continues to this day.