"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
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:
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.
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
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
stay & dine:
KB Garden Hostel
E 'n' E Inn
Long House Beach Motel
Mak Su Nab Nasi Air
Oriental Halal Chinese Reastaurant
Yati Ayam Percik
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport-37.3 km
Sungai Padi Railway Station-41.7 km
Ban Todeng Railway Station-45.8 km
Jalan Hamzah Bus Station-30.1 km
Kota Bharu Bus Station-31.3 km
Hotel Bharu-31.1 km
Nu Heritage Restaurant-30.8 km
White House Restaurant-31.6 km
Eastern Restaurant, Jerteh-37.6 km
Shan Sri Dewi Restaurant-31.4 km
Sri Chiangmai Restaurant-31.9 km
Greenland Restaurant-30.5 km