Kelantan offers a beautiful landscape with a number of activities close to nature such as hiking, boating, trekking and fishing. Some of the most exciting places are Kuala Koh National Park, Gunung Stong State Park, caves, waterfalls and many more.
Kuala Koh National Park
Situated in the Bukit Hantu Forest Reserve and Lebir Forest Reserve areas, the National Koh National Park in Kuala Koh makes up 24 percent of Taman Negara which is the largest national park in Malaysia that spread over three states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. The natural assets of the Kuala Koh National Park specifically the variety of flora and fauna as well as the tropical rainforest ecosystem is well suited for ecotourism activities apart from research and development (R & D).
Department of Wildlife and National Parks organises some popular activities such as bird watching (more than 300 species), fishing in a number of rivers, photography session, jungle trekking via interpretive trails, canoeing/rafting, going on the canopy bridge and camping.
In terms of accessibility, the Kuala Kroh National Park is located 96 kilometres from Gua Musang town and is easily accessible by visitors and tourists by roads specifically Jalan Gua Musang-Kuala Krai.
Gunung Stong State Park
Listed as one of the top five ecological destinations in Malaysia, Gunung State Park rich with flora and fauna as well as breathtaking 225-million year old limestone caves.
Gunung Stong State Park features several prominent mountain peaks and one of the highest waterfalls in Malaysia, the seven-tiered Jelawang Waterfall.
Mount Baha, Ayam and Stong located within Gunung Stong State Park, in Jelawang Kelantan manage by Gunong Stong State Park Resort (GSSP). Permit and guide are compulsory before hike.
There are many activities and packages available such as:
- Caving near Dabong (Gua Ikan, Gua Kelap, Gua Pagar, Gua Keris)
- Jelawang/Stong Waterfall & Other waterfalls and water sport activates
- Camping in Camp Baha (463m)
- Climbing Mount Baha (1450m), Mount Ayam (1550m), Mount Stong (1422m)
Dabong is the nearest small town, and the railway station facilities make the train as transportation mode of choice for mountain climbers to reach Dabong. From Dabong climbers must take a boat to cross the Galas River approximately 5 minutes away. The next 5km journey by van or pirate car will pass through paved roads before you reach Kg. Jelawang. Climbers may begin climbing from Kg. Jelawang through the timber track or proceed by van or pirate car passing through the 2.8km village road to the Jelawang Resort. Climbers may report here prior to the climb.
i) Baha Camp
There are two tracks to Baha’s Camp; one of the track goes directly to the timber track while the other one goes down to the foot of the Jelawang waterfall before it enters the timber track. Climbers can arrive at Baha’s Camp by walking approximately 45 minutes.
Situated at the peak of the Jelawang waterfall, Baha’s Camp is supervised by a group of local youths who provide guiding services apart from guarding the Jelawang Forest area. The camp sites here are spacious and can accommodate hundreds of people. Baha’s Camp also offers several interesting places for climbers to visit such as Rantai Caves, Kolam Puteri Waterfall, Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) and Dua Gunung Waterfall.
ii) From Baha Camp to Mount Stong
Climbers usually begin climbing from Baha’s Camp to Mount Stong early in the morning after spending the night and enjoying the panoramic view of sunrise from the peak of the Jelawang Waterfall.
The trail follows the deserted timber track and along the long-stretched trail. Climbers may reach the peak of Mount Stong by midday.
A huge rock with a bonsai plant on it makes the peak unique. The name ‘setong’ in local dialect is derived from the word ‘stone’.
iii) From Mount Stong to Mount Ayam
From the peak of Mount Stong, climbers need to trek down until a track junction to Mount Ayam which is called “Beta Balak” at the height of 2,652 feet above sea level. The track from Beta Balak to the peak of Mount Ayam is less steep compared to Mount Stong. Climbers will pass through an area of bonsai plants as soon as they reach the peak of Baha which is a mini Mount Ayam.
The walk from the peak of Baha to the peak of Mount Ayam will only take less than an hour. Climbers will arrive at the peak of Mount Ayam during late evening.
The peak of Gunung Ayam is marked with a ‘plate’ and there are 10-feet high bonsai plants. There is a camping area about a hail’s distance from the peak, which can accommodate approximately 50 people.
The view of sunrise or sunset here is fascinating against the backdrop of bonsai plants in the camping area.
Gunung Stong State Park
Dabong Forest Reserve, Kelantan, 18200, Dabong, Kelantan.
Just about 15 minutes away from Kampung Kalai, Gunung Reng can be seen as a huge rock because it exists in an area that has no continuous series of mountains.
It is a limestone hill that consists a few caves and surrounded by villages and secondary forest as well as rubber and oil-palm plantation. The caves have the unique structure of stalactites and stalagmites which are look like anthropoid living and things. Certain rock formations, granite or limestone are the same as found in Gua Musang.
There is a mosque at the foot of the Gunung Reng. Just before the mosque there is a rough road leading to a recreational park at the foot of the hill. The park is a famous picnic spot and contains a dilapidated children’s playground, a shop and food stall, surau and toilets.
Outside the cave, there is a Tourism Malaysia information plaque provides information on the legend which surrounds this mountain.
“According to folklore there used to be a village on this spot called Kampung Tok Tala. Around 1400 years ago there was some serious partying going on lasting 7 days and nights which culminated in a contest where a dog was pitted against a cat at a time when the villagers should have been praying. In divine retribution against this scandalous behaviour and animal cruelty this mountain (Gunung Reng) was swept up in a storm from its original location several miles away and dropped on top of the village, the remains of which are, to this day, lying buried under the mountain (People believe that the stone (Gunung Reng) comes from Perak).”
The legend is probably a tale and has attracted many visitors to Gunung Reng to enjoy the beautiful nature and experience the clear and clean water from the river.
Fish Cave (Gua Ikan)
Fish Cave is a renowned natural recreational attraction in Kuala Krai. There are interesting caves in Bukit Batu Kapor which are crossed by pristine streams. Among the interesting activities here are enjoying the beauty of flora and fauna, bathing, recreation and picnic.
Located in Kampung Slow Pak Long approximately 95 km from the Kuala Krai Town and 7 km from Dabong Town. The journey by car will take approximately 30 minutes heading to Gua Musang through Federal Road 8 and you will arrive at a junction to Dabong. From the junction, heading towards Dabong approximately 40 km further, you will see the entrance to the attraction on your left.
Fish Cave (Gua Ikan)
Kuala Gris, 18200 Dabong, Kelantan, Malaysia.
One of the unique limestone caves in Gua Musang, Honey Cave with a river source and surrounded by forests which are still green as well as the harmonious village landscape attract the local residents to conduct recreational activities. Honey Cave gots it name by a lots of honey nest hanging by the walls that make this a cave trademark.
The Madu Cave is situated in Kampung Batu Papan approximately 4 km from Gua Musang town. From the T-junction near the Gua Musang Police Station, turn left at approximately 2 km and proceed to the main junction to Madu Cave. From this junction, you will need to pass through a village area for approximately 1 km before you arrive at the cave.
Honey Cave (Gua Madu)
Kampung Batu Papan, 18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan.
The Ethnobotany Park was developed as a forestry research and recreational centre intended to preserve the importance of forest and forest related products especially herbal products. It is located near the town of Gua Musang at Jalan Gua Musang – Kuala Lipis with an area of 35 hectares.
The main component of the Ethnobotany Park is the herbal park, herbal gallery, incubator centres (8 units) for herbal-based SME entrepreneurs, leisure activity facilities, chalets, mini animal parks and various support facilities. Among the activities available for visitors is a visit to the herbal plants cultivation areas, hiking, camping, canopy walk and enjoying the beauty of caves.
Parts of the Ethnobotany Park area are currently being utilised as youth training centres under the National Service Training Centre programme. The main issue which has been identified grappling the Park is the lack of interests from the local community, visitors and tourists.
The Ethnobotany Park is famous for its herbal plants and livestock centre for Cassowary and deer. Visitors have the opportunity to see the habitat of these species of birds and the Rusa Timor species as well as the opportunity to learn on nutritional property of herbs for health purposes. Against the backdrop of limestone caves and tranquil surroundings, a number of recreational activities are also offered such as rock climbing, camping, organising special activities such as family days, trainings and the like.
• Free entry
• Operates from 9 am – 5 pm and closes on Friday; Special Activities (Family Day/Trainings)
• Requires permission from KESEDAR and early reservation
• Most equipments can be obtained from the Ethnobotany Park (rental basis)
ii) Rock Climbing
• Requires permission from KESEDAR
• Participants must bring their own equipment or can rent from the Ethnobotany Park authority.
• Safety is of own responsibility
Ketitir Lake was once a site for mining activities. Now it has been transformed into a recreational area in the Gua Musang town. Its name is derived from the species of bird that nests in the trees surrounding the lake garden which can still be seen today. It is the centre of attraction for the public to stroll, relax and do recreational activities while enjoying a fresh and comfortable environment.
18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan.
Pergau Lake has its own variety of beauty to nature lovers as well as a peaceful and tranquil environment which promises a memorable holiday experience. Located 32km from the Jeli town, the Pergau Lake Sanctuary Park which encompasses a 460 hectare lake offers a variety of activities for visitors. Surrounded by a lush green tropical rainforest, the lake able to offer temperature which as low as 18 degrees Celsius in the night.
South Kelantan Development Authority (KESEDAR) provides chalets for visitors who wish to spend the night within the lake area. The resort can accommodate 100 lodgers at any one time. Among the facilities provided by KESEDAR are six floating chalet, a surau, tents, hostels, dining halls and bathrooms. With a reasonable fee, including the fee to board boats, every visitor can spend the night by the edge of the lake. In fact, the resort here also offers facilities for those who want to hold seminars and training.
Pergau Lake has freshwater fish such as tinfoil barb (carp), tilapia, snakehead and many more for fishing enthusiasts to catch. The KESEDAR resort also organises jungle trekking programmes for those who are interested to see the flora and fauna in Pergau Lake.
For who wish to visit Pergau Lake can make reservations at the KESEDAR Jeli Region office:
Tel: 609-944 0281
Fax: 609-944 1388
Video of Pergau Lake:
Nenggiri River & Cha Cave
Nenggiri River and its streams are the main communication systems for rural settlements such as the Brooke Post, Mering Post and Pulat Post which are orang asli (indigenous) settlements, Kg. Kuala Jenera, Kg. Kuala Penep and others. Among the activities executed to attract tourists is the “Nenggiri River Cruise” which is a 50 kilometre trip by boat / raft which starts at the Kuala Betis jetty to Kg. Setar.
The Nenggiri River is the main network of river drainage system in the Gua Musang Region which offers fun activities to the visitors especially for activities such as kayaking and rafting as well as fishing. It has more than 40 rapids and is suitable for rafting and kayaking activities that are eco-tourism based. The Nenggiri River Basin also has a “mahseer sanctuary” in which an individual fish is believed to weigh up to 25 kg.
Along the river is the historic network of caves which was once an archaeological dig location with the discovery of a human skeleton in the stone age such as Gua Cha (Cha Cave) and Gua Peralen (Peralen Cave); a must visit itinerary in tour packages related to the Nenggiri River. There are several settlements of indigenous people along the river that still practise a nomadic way of life.
1. Through the challenging rapids which extends as far as 30 kilometers (Star Rapids, Piung rapids, Rucing Rapids and others)
2. Safety features are prioritised
3. Experienced tour-guides
1. Tours can be done in private or via package
2. Caution is needed due to porous soil and the dangers due to excavation process
3. Unavailability of informational facts in the form of documentations pertaining Gua Cha and Gua Peralen
Experiencing the Orang Asli Traditions
1. Learning traditions of the Temiar and Batak tribe
2. Tourists are given opportunity to attempt a variety of demonstrations
1. Have picnics at several places along Nenggiri River
2. Accessible only via boat ride/raft
3. Has a clean source of waterfalls
1. Several routes (to Gua Pintu, Bukit Peralen)
2. All are challenging routes
3. Consumes up to 2 – 3 hours (depending on the number of participants)
4. Participants should prepare basic trekking equipments
5. A guide is essential
6. Safety is taken into account
o Inland Signboards
o Resthouse/accommodation (Pulat Post)
o Resthouse/accommodation for men (Tohoi Post)
o Resthouse/accommodation for ladies (Tohoi Post)