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Kelantan River

Kelantan River

"Kelantan River begins midway through the state of Kelantan, at the confluence of its two main tributaries, the Galas and the Lebir."

Two main tributaries, the Galas and Lebir Rivers converge into a single flow marking the beginning of Kelantan River. The Kelantan Rover itself has few noteworthy tributaries, as it traverses through its flood plains. The Galas and Lebir however, have many tributaries feeding into them, which contribute to much of the volume of flow in the Kelantan River. Among them are the Pergau River, where a dam is being built, and the rivers Neggiri, Chiku, Aring and Pertang. Many of these tributaries originate in the forested mountains where many Orang Asli tribes live. Lower down along the river, Malay villages dot the river banks as it passes through some of the most densely populated flood plains on the Peninsular.

Apart from these countless villages, four major towns are located near the river Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Tumpat, and Kuala Krai. There are several islands in the river in particular near the estuary. The area around its eastuary, known as Kuala Besar, is dotted with picturesque fishing villages, which are also well-known for the housing the small industry craft of batik-making, a local hand-dyed cloth for which the Sate of Kelantan is famous.

The Kelantan River regularly overspills its bank during the months of November to February during the northeast monsoon season. To warn those living near the river of its rise, there is a monitoring station called the Bradley Steps at Kuala Krai near the confluence of the Lebir and Galas Rivers.

Kota Bharu town lays right by the Kelantan River, just a few kilometres before it reaches Kuala Besar estuary in the north.


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How to Reach there:

By Plane
From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines (Tel: 1 300 88 3000) flies twice daily. You'll land at Kota Bharu's Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (Tel: 609-7737000), about 20 minutes outside the Kota Bharu and Kelantan River.

By Rail
Express trains depart daily to Kelantan and other major towns up north. Two train stations serve Kota Bharu town. Disembark at the Wakaf Bharu Station. From there, you can board either the No: 19 or 27 bus into the Kota Bharu town and Kelantan River. For further details please visit

By Boat
The overland route to Kota Bharu takes you eastward along the Karak Highway to Kuantan in Pahang a journey of about 3 hours, and from there it takes another 4 1/2 hours to reach Kota Bharu and Kelantan River.

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