The flood protection embankment of the Bishkhali river, which flows through the southern part of Patharghata town in Barguna, is gaining popularity among tourists.
Located near the river's mouth at Bay of Bengal, the spot on the embankment has been named Neelima Point, which has been formally inaugurated by Barguna district administration recently.
The place was given the name 'Neelima' because when the Bishkhali river meets the turquoise waters of the Bay -- with the blue sky embracing them above -- the nature there wears a blue attire.
The place sees a good crowd in the afternoon when clean air, tranquil waters of the Bay and natural greenery on both sides of the river's banks become too irresistible for visitors.
Neelima Point came into being after the Patharghata town protection levee, built to save the town from strong current of the Bishkhali, was renovated and fortified with concrete blocks recently.
People of all ages and professions oftentimes stay at Neelima Point till the evening when they can reenergise by observing the breathtaking view of the rising moon in the east.
Nripendra Nath Sadhak, a retired teacher of Bangla at Patharghata College, said he enjoys visiting this southern part of the town where there are many trees in the pastures along high slopes of the Bishkhali river.
Tourism has immense potential there, as the serenity of the Bay and blue sky above helps one find inner peace, he added.
Patharghata Upazila Nirbahi Officer Humayun Kabir said the upazila has good potential for tourism and Neelima Point is a good place for people to spend time near Patharghata town.
He also said the site needs further development in order to provide necessary amenities for tourists.
Mostafa Golam Kabir, chairman of the upazila, said efforts are being made to make Neelima Point an attractive destination for residents of the town.
Contacted, Barguna Deputy Commissioner Mustain Billah said emphasis would be placed on the tourism potential of the picturesque Neelima Point.
Aside from adding more facilities and services for visitors, security would be heightened around the area for their protection as well, he added.