A QUICK GLANCE AT KELANTAN
Located in the north-east of Peninsular Malaysia, Kelantan, also known as “The Blissful Abode” in its Arabic honorific “Darul Naim”, is a state well-known for its rich heritage of culture and traditions especially its arts and crafts. With Kota Bharu as its capital, Kelantan occupies an area of 15,105 km2 and has a population of 1.675 million people.
Under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) project, Kelantan is focusing on sectors such as tourism, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and oil, gas & petrochemical. To back the development of Kelantan in these areas, various efforts have been initiated to develop its human capital. Reputed by its natural assets such as unspoilt beaches, coral-ringed islands, cool clean rivers and spectacular highlands as well as lush rainforests, tourism has become one of the main economic drivers for Kelantan.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF KELANTAN
Beautiful Islands, Beaches & Parks
Pulau Redang and Pulau Kapas are some of the world renowned islands located in Kelantan for their beautiful coral reefs. Other popular attractions of Kelantan include Pantai Seri Tujuh, Pantai Cahaya Bulan, Pantai Irama and Pantai Bisikan Bayu which are also famous for their gentle sandy beaches and panoramic landscapes.
The first and oldest national park, Taman Negara, as well as Endau-Rompin are also some of the famous destinations filled with various eco-tourism activities. Another beautiful park in Kelantan is the Gunung Stong State Park (GSSP), with a forest area covering over hectares of land and adorned with the highest waterfalls in Malaysia, the seven-tiered Jelawang Waterfall.
Heritage of Arts and Crafts
Kelantan is a place rich with Malay culture and traditions where the ancient performing arts such as Mak Yong, Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry) and Gamelan (ensemble of traditional musical instruments) originated and continues to be performed and kept alive. In addition, Kelantan is also famous for its handicrafts such as the beautifully woven Songket textiles, Batik and Tenun Pahang, elaborate silver and brass vessels and lovely wood carvings.