Kutubdia Island is the coastal area of Bangladesh. It stands in the belly of Bay of Bengal. This Island is the off coast near Chakaria and Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh. Total island is covered by 215.8 square kilometers of lands. This is one of the oldest island of Bangladesh. Because of that since 1917 there had been made a police station at kutubdia for its protection and also for the security of the local peoples of the island.
Kutubdia Lighthouses (Akbar Shah, Kutubdia Island) station established 1846. Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 35 m (115 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery. The top of the tower carries a red and white horizontally slatted daymark. The photo at right, published by a local newspaper, is believed to be by the Chittagong Port Authority. The lighthouse appears to be a twin of the St. Martin’s Island lighthouse.
Kutubdia is located at 21.8167°N 91.8583°E. It has 58,463 households and a total area of 215.8 square kilometres (83.3 sq mi). Climate change and sea level rise threaten to submerge the island in the Bay of Bengal.
Distance between Cox's Bazar and Kutubdia Upazila is 98.7 kms or 61.3 miles or 53.3 n miles
|Origin||Cox's Bazar, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh|
|Destination||Kutubdia Upazila, Kutubdia, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh|
|Driving Distance||98.7 kms or 61.3 miles or 53.3 n miles|
|Driving Time||3 hours, 29 minutes|
The easiest way to go to Kutubdia Island is to go by Mognama ghat (Mognama jetty). There is direct bus service from Chittagong to Mognama, also you can go to Mognama by CNG taxi from Chokoria. One can go to Chokoria from Chittagong or Cox’s Bazar, or from Dhaka by direct bus. It is also possible to go by Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar bus and drop at Chokoria Bazar.
From Mognama, there is boat and speedboat to cross the channel. Speedboat takes only 10/15 minutes and cost 60 Taka per person. From Kutubdia jetty, you can take a rickshaw to go to the far/sea side of the island where there is a rest house.
According to the 2011 Bangladesh census, Kutubdia had a population of 1,25,000. Males constituted 51% of the population, and females 49%. The population aged 18 or over was 41, 755. Kutubdia had an average literacy rate of 24.1% (7+ years), the national average being 32.4% literate. The most populated area is Ali Akbar Dale. Thousands of visitors visit this island daily due to journeys and other business related work.
A police station at Kutubdia was established in 1917. The island was upgraded into an upazila in 1983. Saint Hazrat Abdul Malek Shah was born on this island.
Kutubdia has an area of 36 square miles (93 km2), 18 miles (29 km) in length and 2 miles (3.2 km) in breadth. It is famous for the only lighthouse in Bangladesh which was built by the British during the British rule. Kutubdia is rich in producing salt and dried fish, locally known as 'Shutki'.