Barishal (also spelt Barisāl) is a division of south-central Bangladesh. It used to be a district called Bakerganj. It is now one of 6 divisions of Bangladesh, but before Bangladeshi independence it was formerly part of East Pakistan as a district. The town of Barishal was under the control of the Roychoudhury family, which now has moved to Calcutta.
|Coordinates: 22°30′N 90°20′E / 22.500°N 90.333°ECoordinates: 22°30′N 90°20′E / 22.500°N 90.333°E|
|Established||1797 (as Bakerganj District)|
|• Commissioner||Mohammad Gaus|
|• Total||13,225.20 km2 (5,106.28 sq mi)|
|• Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+6 (BST)|
|ISO 3166 code||BD-A|
In 1797 the area was established as Bakerganj District but later renamed as Barisal District.
Points of interestEdit
Kuakata beach is the main tourist spot in the division. It is one of the two sea beaches in South Asia where both sunrise and sunset at sea can be seen.
Durga Sagor is another beautiful Dighi where a number of migratory birds arrive every winter. There are 42 upazilas in total in Barisal division: most recent upazilas are Rangabali in Patuakhali and Taltoli in Barguna.
The division is subdivided into six districts (zilas) and thence into 39 sub-districts (upazilas). Lower level administrative areas are 353 union parishads, 3,159 mouzas, 12 municipalities, 25 wards and 4,163 villages.