Khulna is Bangladesh's 3rd largest city after Dhaka and Chattogram. It serves as the administrative centre of Khulna district and division. Khulna is located on the Rupsha and Bhairab rivers. The city is served by the Mongla port, the country's second-largest seaport. Khulna's rich history is evident in its oldest and busiest river port. Bagerhat is another district in Khulna division that can’t be ignored while travelling in Khulna. These two districts share a few historically and culturally significant places. This article explores the ten most interesting places to see in Khulna and Bagerhat, and things to do there.
How to Reach Khulna from Dhaka
The easiest way to reach Khulna from Dhaka is by bus or train. You can take Sundarbans, or Chitra Express trains from Kamalapur Station in Dhaka to go to Khulna. You have to pay Tk. 550-1400 per seat, depending on the class. You can also take a bus from Syedabad, Malibagh, or Gulistan bus station. Generally, bus tickets will cost you around Tk 650-1400 per seat.
How to Reach Bagerhat from Dhaka
You can reach Bagerhat from Dhaka in two ways. First, you can take a direct bus from Syedabad, Malibagh, or Gulistan bus station to Bagerhat. It will cost around Tk 500 to 1000. The other way is to reach Khulna by train and, from there, reach the Shonadanga Bus Stand. There you will find buses for Bagerhat for Tk 100-150 per seat.
Top 16 Tourist Attractions in Khulna and Bagerhat
Khulna Divisional Museum
The Khulna Divisional Museum, established on September 12, 1998, is the second-largest museum in Bangladesh's Khulna division. Located near Shivbari Mor in the city's Public Hall area, the museum showcases photographs of heritage sites and essential structures from the southern region. It houses rare artifacts unearthed at various excavations, including Bharat Bhayana in Jashore, Barobazar in Jhenaidah, and Khan Jahan Ali Samadhi Soudho in Bagerhat.
Visitors can explore antiquities from the Gupta, Pal, Sen, Mughal, and British periods, along with terracotta, stone and black stone statues, gold and silver coins, and diverse artifacts representing the Khulna division. Managed by the Bangladesh Archaeology department, the museum welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Saturday (10 am to 6 pm in summer, 9 am to 5 pm in winter), for an entry fee of Tk 20 for children under five. Foreign tourists (from the SAARC region) have to pay Tk 50, and those from other nations have to pay Tk 100.
The museum is a mere 4 km away from Khulna city and is easily accessible by local transport.
Khan Jahan Ali Bridge
Khan Jahan Ali Bridge is a prominent attraction in Khulna, drawing couples, families, and schoolchildren. It goes over the Rupsha river and is the primary entry point to Khulna city, connecting the southern districts and Mongla seaport. This Japanese-funded bridge is especially popular during festivals and weekends, offering separate lanes for pedestrians and vehicles and staircases for easy access. The bridge's western end attracts a lively crowd, while the nighttime view of Khulna city is truly mesmerizing.