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What you need to know about Comilla

Comilla, officially known as Cumilla, is a city in the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh, located along the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway. It is the administrative centre of the Comilla District, part of the Chittagong Division. Comilla is the second-largest city of eastern Bangladesh after Chittagong and is one of the three oldest cities in Bangladesh.

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Geography

Comilla covers a total area of 51 square kilometres. It is bounded by Burchiganj and Tripura on the north, Laksham and Chauddagram on the south, and Barura on the west. The major rivers that pass through Comilla include Gumti and Little Feni. The Tropic of Cancer crosses Comilla town on the south side just over the Tomsom Bridge.

Climate

Comilla has a tropical savanna climate. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Aw. The climate of Comilla is generally marked with monsoons, high temperature, considerable humidity and heavy rainfall. The hot season commences early in April and continues till July. The average annual temperature in Comilla is 25.5 °C (77.9 °F). About 2,295 mm (90.35 in) of precipitation falls annually.

Transportation

Highway

Comilla is a hub of road communication for the eastern part of Bangladesh. One of the oldest highways of the Indian Subcontinent, ‘The Grand Trunk Road’, passes through the city. The most important Dhaka–Chittagong Highway bypasses the city from the cantonment to Poduar Bazar. Comilla is located 97 kilometres from the capital city, Dhaka, which can be reached by road or railway. Electric trikes in recent years have begun to overwhelm Comilla’s streets, mostly because of their convenience in short distance commutation throughout the main town.

Railway

Comilla is a nearby city of Laksham Junction and Akhaura Railway Junction (largest in the country). Rail connection is available to Dhaka, Chittagong, Brahmanbaria and Sylhet.

Air

Comilla’s only airport is currently closed since the city is nearby other major cities. Comilla Airport was announced to open again in 2012. Its runway is 26 ft long.