Positioned on the north-eastern part of Peninsular Malaysia, Kelantan houses some of the oldest settlement and other archaeological discoveries in Malaysia. The city’s population is around 95% Muslim which makes it one of the most conservative places in Malaysia.
Besides their state of the art museums and mosques, Kelantan’s natural setting and lush green forests also offer fun and exciting attractions to visitors who decides to explore the state. Let us take a look at our top 10 list of interesting things to do in this Islamic run state of Kelantan, also known for its honorific term Darul Naim which means ‘The Blissful Abode.’
Jungle Trekking At Taman Negara (Kuala Koh)
If you wish to enjoy nature to its fullest while you are in the beautiful country of Malaysia, one of the best places to visit is the Taman Negara National Park. This 130 million years old tropical rainforest is among the oldest in the world that encompasses the states of Kelantan, Pahang, and Terengganu. This famous ecotourism destination of Malaysia is a home to world’s largest flowers, tigers, birds, and other types of wildlife.
Kelantan’s main entrance to Taman Negara is Kuala Koh. This undisturbed tropical rainforest is much more peaceful than the other entrances to Taman Negara which is perfect for an exciting trekking experience.
Besides jungle trekking, other activities you can enjoy in Kuala Koh is bamboo rafting. If you are a beginner, bamboo rafting in Kuala Koh river is pretty challenging, but none the less exciting. Since the place is more secluded than the other entries to Taman Negara, you will have more chances of spotting wild animals in Kuala Koh.
Besides bamboo rafting, you can also join other types of activities including fishing, tubing, and canopy walking.
There are no public transportations routed in Kuala Koh. To get to the area, you have to rent a vehicle to bring you there.
Visit the Seven-tier Stong Waterfall
The seven-tiered Stong Waterfalls known as Jelawang Waterfall located in Gunung Stong State Park is known to be one of the tallest in South East Asia. This 990 feet waterfall is also one of the reasons why many travelers are visiting Kelantan each year. You need to take more than two hours of trekking if you want to reach the top of this amazing waterfall. While on your way, you will be able to spot various wild animals and plants.
Make sure to wear reliable footwears as there are areas of steep slopes that you will need to climb.
Caving At Gua Ikan
Most visitors who visit Jelawang Waterfall also take their time to experience caving at Gua Ikan. About seven kilometers south of the small city of Dabong in Kelantan near Gunung Stong is the location of Gua Ikan. This network of caves is considered as one of the most captivating caves for nature lovers. Since the caves are not easy to access, it is recommended to hire tour guides to help you get your way inside.
While inside this vast cave chamber, be truly amazed at the wonder of nature as you will be able to spot wonderfully sculpted stalactites and stalagmites.
Trip To Kelantan’s Fishing Village
Dubbed as the soul of Malaysia’s East Coast, your adventure in Kelantan will not be complete if you don’t visit the state’s famous fishing village. Few kilometers away from the state’s capital Kota Bharu, the Sabak Beach and Kuala Besar are two of the most popular fishing villages that are visited by travelers. The picturesque sight of the boats spotted on the horizon as they are making their way to the shore is not what you can see every day especially if you are living in large cities far from the coast.
It is best to visit these fishing villages no later that 2:30 PM while fishers are returning to sell their catch on the beach.
Fireflies Garden Tour
Located on the edge of Kota Bharu town, Min House Camp is also among the most-visited tourist destinations in the state of Kelantan. Their main attraction is their fireflies garden tour. It is best to visit the place in the evening where you will be taken on a boat to see spectacular fireflies clustered together, filling the trees and bushes like light bulbs along the river.
It is such an amazing experience you should not miss while exploring Kelantan.
Min House Camp also offers other attractions which include an organic farm, bee farm, and water sports facilities.
Address: Min House Camp Lot 440, Kampung Pulau, 16150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Contact: +60 13-922 5440
Gua Musang Water Rafting
If you are looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity in Kelantan, make sure to join water rafting at Nenggiri River. Located 30 kilometers away from Gua Musang Town, this attraction is mostly visited by water sports enthusiasts who are looking for fun and exciting activities. The river has more than 40 rapids suitable for eco-tourism based activities such as rafting.
Besides water rafting, kayaking is also one of the activities that tourists enjoy in Nenggiri River. It is considered as heaven for local and foreign kayak enthusiasts. For this reason, an annual kayak competition called ‘Nenggiri Challenge’ is organized and participated by different countries including Thailand, Singapore, and Switzerland.
Shop For Souvenirs at Handicraft Village & Craft Museum
Located in Kota Bahru cultural zone, this museum is among the most-visited places to tourists who are looking for souvenirs to bring back home. The museum houses a variety of Kelantanese handicrafts such as silverware, matting, and traditional embroidery. You can also witness how skilled artists do batik drawing and traditional embroidery.
Address: Jalan Merbau, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Contact: +60 9-747 7554
Feast on Kelantanese Dishes at Nasi Ulam Restaurant
One way to make your travel in Kelantan memorable is to have a taste of their local delicacies. In the state’s capital Kota Bharu, one of the most-visited restaurants by locals and tourists is the Handicraft Nasi Ulam Restaurant, near the Handicraft Village. They serve a variety of traditional food including budu, one of the popular fermented seafood products in Kelantan. The lists on their menu also include a variety of salads, grilled fish, and more.
Locals recognize this famous place as the model restaurant of Kelantan.
Address: Jalan Hilir, Kampung Kraftangan, 15300 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
Contact: +60 19-940 6066
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