Promodini Boat Life: Where the water gently rocks you to sleep

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‘Promodini Boat Life’ is a luxurious houseboat life project at Kaptai Lake, Rangamati

17 November, 2021, 12:15 pm

Last modified: 17 November, 2021, 12:57 pm

Imagine spending a night somewhere where the only sound is that of gently splashing waves – there is no car honking nearby and no helicopter whirring above. 

As you lay your head on a soft pillow, you look out the window and see a vast body of water, glimmering under the moonlight. 

You are on a houseboat and as it gently rocks you to sleep, you begin to think life is, indeed, beautiful. 

You will get the best view from the boat’s rooftop. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

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You will get the best view from the boat's rooftop. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

You will get the best view from the boat’s rooftop. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

It may sound like a dream but you can actually experience this through ‘Promodini Boat Life’, a luxurious houseboat life project at Kaptai Lake, Rangamati co-operated by Promodini Boat Life and Avijatrik Tourism Limited. 

The air-conditioned houseboats have a large, built-in toilet with shower facility and double bed cabins (curtains can be drawn for privacy).  

The rooftop is the boat’s best feature as it serves as a spacious sitting area with sofas. 

During the evening, you can enjoy a snack or two here while the wind blows, and watch one of the most gorgeous sunsets there is. 

You will also get the best view of Kaptai Lake from here.  

The air-conditioned houseboats have double bed cabins. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

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The air-conditioned houseboats have double bed cabins. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

The air-conditioned houseboats have double bed cabins. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

There are two houseboats: Promodini-1 (for six people) and Promodini-2 (for 10 people). 

The houseboat trip includes a two nights, one day package with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It would cost Tk6,000 per person for a group of six to ten people.  

The couple package costs Tk30,000, whereas for three people it would cost Tk32,000, for four Tk33,000 and for five, Tk35,000.

Some of the most scenic resorts and cottages in Bangladesh are found around Kaptai Lake. 

The tour package includes kayaking on the lake. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

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The tour package includes kayaking on the lake. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

The tour package includes kayaking on the lake. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

But the tourism potential of this lake itself was never quite tapped into until very recently due to the lack of innovative long-term planning and initiative.

However, thanks to young entrepreneurs like Dipanjan Dewan, things are taking a turn for the better.  

“We wanted to follow the concept of house boats in Kerala and on Dal Lake in Kashmir and really rebrand Rangamati as a new tourist spot,” said Dipanjan, owner-operator of Promodini Boat Life. 

While studying in Australia, he had the opportunity to look closely into the country’s service sector. 

“I felt we could also develop the service sector in Bangladesh in the same way,” he said, adding, “Our boat trips are very family-friendly and so far, all our guests have given us great feedback.”   

Owner of ‘Promodini Boat Life’, a luxurious houseboat life project at Kaptai Lake, Rangamati co-operated by Promodini Boat Life and Avijatrik Tourism Limited. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

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Owner of 'Promodini Boat Life', a luxurious houseboat life project at Kaptai Lake, Rangamati co-operated by Promodini Boat Life and Avijatrik Tourism Limited. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

Owner of ‘Promodini Boat Life’, a luxurious houseboat life project at Kaptai Lake, Rangamati co-operated by Promodini Boat Life and Avijatrik Tourism Limited. Photo: Noor A Alam/TBS

If you take the Thursday night bus, you will reach Rangamati city early in the morning on Friday. 

After swimming, kayaking and spending the night on the boat, you will enjoy sight-seeing the next day, which ends in the evening. 

After reaching Rangamati city, you will have to take a CNG auto-rickshaw to Assam Basti Bridge where a speed boat from Promodini will pick you up. 

After travelling for a few minutes, you will reach Divine Lake Island where the boats are anchored. 



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