Teknaf is an upazila in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh. It is located in the southeast corner of Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar is located about 86 km south of the district headquarters. The total area is 388.68 sq km. Shahpari Island in Teknaf is the southernmost tip of mainland Bangladesh and St. Martin’s Island in this upazila is the southernmost tip of Bangladesh. Teknafup district is bounded on the north by Ukhia Upazila, on the east by the Naf River and Myanmar, and on the south and west by the Bay of Bengal.
Teknaf Upazila is bounded by Ukhia Upazila to the north, Naf River and Myanmar border to the east and Bay of Bengal to the south and west. It is 86km away from the district sadar.
Teknaf Upazila (Naming, History & Culture)
Teknaf is an upazila in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh. It is located in the southeast corner of Bangladesh. Its distance from Cox’s Bazar district headquarters is 8 kilometers. The Naf River flows through the eastern end of Teknaf Upazila; The region is named after the Naf River.
Teknaf has many tourist attractions. These include Teknaf Beach, Ne-Tong or Mountain of the Gods, Mathin’s Well, bunkers built by British troops during World War II, and more. The water of Teknaf beach is clearer than that of Cox’s Bazar beach. When visiting Teknaf Upazila, tourists never make a mistake to visit the well of Mathin. Mathin’s well is located in front of Teknaf police station. In the early twentieth century, a police officer named Dhiraj Bhattacharya of Calcutta was transferred to Teknaf police station.
Dhiraj, a handsome young officer of the police station, used to sit in the police station and watch Mathin fetching water. Thus Mathin exchanges vision with Dhiraj and later it turns into love. Mathin’s well is a historical symbol of the pure love of 14-year-old Mathin and Dhiraj. Dhiraj-Mathin did not get married due to the obstacles of the tribal aristocracy. Mathin died in the tragic separation of sweet love. It is a history of eternal unconditional love. Many more unknown stories are known when Mathin’s well-known witness of Mathin’s unsatisfied love comes to visit this well.
There is also a thriving Burmese market in Teknaf. Hundreds of tourists shop at this market every day.