The “Cradle of Malaysian Culture”, Kelantan
offers a delightful profusion of colourful traditions, charm and scenic
beauty. Located in the NE corner of the peninsula, Kelantan, which
translates as the "Land of Lightning" is an agrarian state with lush
padi fields, rustic fishing villages and casuarina-lined beaches.
Nature-based activities range from simple river cruises, rafting, and
bird watching to jungle trekking.
are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. an old-world charm that
few can resist.
the charms of Kelantan are found in the vitality of its culture and its
remote, unsullied beauty. The traditional sports of giant kite-flying,
top-spinning, silat, wayang kulit, bird-singing competitions and the
making of exquisite handicrafts such as songket, batik, silverware and
mengkuang products still remain fixtures here, offering a glimpse of
tradtional Malay culture in truly spectacular setting.
Kelantan's coastline is almost completely undeveloped, and offers a
number of idyllic beaches. Vast stretches of tropical forest cover the
state, and its southeastern corner forms part of the Taman Negara
Kelantan is also Malaysia's most socially conservative and Islamic
Visitors are advised to dress in not too revealing attire.
FAST FACTS ABOUT KELANTAN
Full Name - Kelantan Darul Naim ("The Beautiful Abode")
Weather - Kelantan enjoys a pleasant tropical climate. It is almost
summer all year round with refreshing intermittent rain. Longer and
heavier rainfall is charted in November, December and January. while
June and July are the driest months in most districts. Daily temperature
ranges from 21° C to 32 °C
Population - 1.6 million
Capital city - Kota Bahru
Royal Capital - Kota Bahru
People - 95% Malays, 3% Thai, 1.9% Chinese and 0.1% Others
Sultan - Tuanku Ismail ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yahya Petra
Major products/industries - Rice, Rubber, Tobacco, fishing and cottage
industries in handicrafts and weaving
History / Cuisine / Getting There
- Kuala Krai Museum and Mini Zoo
- Kuala Koh - Gunung Stong
- Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Beach of Moonlight) - Pantai Irama (Beach
- Pantai Bisikan (Beach of the Whispering Breeze) - Pantai Seri
Tujuh (Beach of Seven Lagoons) - Pantai Sabak
River Cruise & Jungle Trekking
Upriver cruise of Sungai Kelantan into the virgin rainforests of
Jeram Lenang - Jeram Pasu - Lata Beringin
View Map with zoom view of
Kelantan State - Kota Bahr
Nenggiri in Ulu Kelantan offers exciting white water rafting in
spectacular scenery, plus the chance to visit the caves sites lived
and worked in by former, ancient inhabitants.
State capital of Kelantan
New Central Market / Bazaar Buluh Kubu (Bamboo Fort Bazaar) / Jln
Sights & Visits
Istana Batu (Royal Museum) / - Istana Balai Besar / Islamac Museum /
Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) / State Museum / Merdeka Square /
Handcraft Village and Craft Museum / War Museum (Bank Kerapu)
Malay state, the people of Kelantan have carefully preserved their
customs, traditions and craft skills over time.
cottage industry produces extremely fine batik material and
paintings, exquisite gold and silverware, intricate wood carvings
and beautiful kain songket.
Handicraft Village and Craft Museum - Songket Factory - Batik
Factory - Kite Making - Kelatan Silver
Sabak - Pantai Sabak – Where the Japanese fist invaded - pillboxes -
war account - war museum.