Set on the Rupsa River, Khulna is a gateway to the lush Sundarbans mangrove forest. Boat trips offer a chance to spot magnificent Royal Bengal tigers, as well as almost 300 species of birds. Venture outside the bustling city centre to discover fascinating historic sites and cultural attractions.
Things to do in Khulna
One of the largest mangrove forests in the world, the Sundarbans is wild, rugged and remote. Boat tours depart from Khulna and take you deep into the heart of the pristine mangrove forest. The wilderness reserve is home to more than 400 majestic Royal Bengal tigers, making the Sundarbans a bucket list destination for wildlife lovers. Spotting big cats basking on the shoreline or snoozing in the branches of a mangrove tree is a highlight of any Sundarbans trip.
A one-hour drive from Khulna, Madhu Kunj occupies the beautifully restored home of famous Bengali poet, Michael Madhusudan Dutt. The mansion has been reimagined as a local history museum where you can learn about the cultural legacy of Dutt. After touring the museum, enjoy a stroll around the enchanting gardens and orchards.
Khulna is a stone’s throw from the Indian border and is heavily influenced by its neighbour. Walking around the city centre, you’ll see shops selling colourful saris and gold jewellery. Local restaurants will tempt you with fragrant curries and rice dishes as well as creamy mango lassis.
Getting around Khulna
Taxis are the fastest and most comfortable way to get around Khulna, while local buses and auto-rickshaws are also available. Rental cars are a good way to explore nearby sites and attractions at your leisure. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka is an eight-hour drive north.