Chandpur District

Chandpur is now known as City of Hilsha because of its tremendous supply of Hilsha fish within country and abraod. Chandpur is a river port of the south-central Bangladesh. It is situated at the confluence of the Dakatia and Meghna rivers. Chandpur District is under Chittagong division with a area of 1,740.6 km2 (672.0 sq mi). It is bounded by Munshiganj and Cumilla districts on the north, Noakhali, Lakshmipur and Barisal districts on the south, Cumilla district on the east, Meghna river, Shariatpur, and Munshiganj districts on the west. Total population of the district is 2271229 with 1124882 male and 1146347 female.


Prime water bodies of the district are Meghna, Dakatia, Gumti, Dhanagada river and Ghorgaon Jala. Chandpur, a major jute-shipping centre of the country, is linked by road and rail with Comilla, near the eastern border with India, and Noakhali to the southeast. The district is also connected by waterway to Goalundo Ghat to the northwest, to Narayanganj to the northeast, Kolkata through the swampy Sundarbans region to the west.


The first district in Bangladesh which implemented the District Branding initiative taken by Bangladesh Government is Chandpur. In terms of religion  Muslim population is majority which is 2124397 along with 145003 Hindus, 539 Bhuddist, 106 Christians and 1184 others. The district was a part of the greater Cumilla established in 1878 and was included in Tripura district. It was turned into a district in 1984 before constituting a municipality in 1897. Chandpur city is the headquarter of the district stands on the bank of river Meghna.


There are many monuments in Chandpur in rememberance of the War of Liberation named as ‘Aungikar’ (Promise), ‘Amra tomader bhulbana’ (we shall never forget you) at Faridganj, ‘Dipta Bangladesh’ at Matlab and Chandrakandi memorial monument at Sadullahpur, Matlab. Beside that, mass killing site: Raghunathpur Bazar at Hajiganj, Hamidia Jute Mills Compound, North and south Ray Sree, mass grave: Nasircourt at Hajiganj are notable.


Chandpur is mainly an indistinguishable part of that of the greater Comilla district in terms of folk literature. It includes Kabigan, Jatra Pala, Folk Tales, Ballads, Ballads Songs, Legends, historical tales, Upakatha-Rupkatha (fairy tales), Sloka, Spiritual Songs, Panchali Gazir bot, Proverbs etc. Ha-du-du, Dariyabanda, Gollachhut, Dang-guli, Kadikkhela, Lai khela, Bauchhi, Kanamachhi, Kamalachuri, Baghbandi, Panchghunti, Sllaghunti, kari khela, kumari khela, spinning of latim, ekka-dokka, etc. are most popular game and sports among the children. But, now a day’s most of these games are nearly extinct. Besides, a number of theatre groups occasionally perform staging of drama.

At a glance of  Chandpur
01 Area 1,740.6 km2

(672.0 sq mi)

02 Population Total: 2,416,018

Men: 1124882

Women: 1146347

03 Founding Year 1984
03 Density 1,400/km2

(3,600/sq mi)

04 Literacy Rate 68%
05 Seats in the Parliament 5
06 Postcode 3600
07 Sector in Liberation War
Thanks  9


  • Chandpur Sadar
  • Faridganj Upazila
  • Haimchar Upazila
  • Hajiganj Upazila
  • Kachua Upazila
  • Matlab Dakshin Upazila
  • Matlab Uttar Upazila
  • Shahrasti Upazila

Notable places

  • Illish Chattor
  • Shaharpar Dighi
  • Shibganj Nil Kuthi
  • Rupsha Zamindar Bari
  • Sree Sree Jagannath Mandir

Highlighted Personalities

Written & Edited by Shaima Akter Sethu.

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