KELANTAN - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

GUA MUSANG : Places Of Interest

 
 

KELANTAN NATIONAL PARK 80km /1 hour and 40 minutes

 

 

Kuala Koh covers an area of 1,034 sq km and forms the northern section of Taman Negara. Its thriving rainforest has been evolving for millions of years, forming one of the planet's most complex ecosystems. The park not only shelters wildlife such as the Malayan Tiger, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Hornbill Rhinoceros and close to 300 bird species, but also the rare . Raffiesia, the world's largest flower. Its rivers teem with numerous varieties of fish such as the prized Kelah or the Red Malaysian Mahseer.

 

  • Walk across the 300m long canopy walkway and gaze at the . breathtaking scenery at its highest platform, which is built 60m above the ground.

  • Stay overnight at the Bumbun observation hide and try spotting wildlife at the nearby salt-lick.

  • Go kayaking, bamboo rafting or tubing along the Sinar Rapids

  • Make a trip to Batek indigenous tribe settlements along the river and watch fire-making.as well as blowpipe demonstrations.

  • Visit the Interpretive Centre and learn more about the Kelantan National Park

 

NOTE:

  • You are required to report at the Park Administrative Office before you begin your activities.

  • While nature guides are not compulsory, it is highly recommended that you hire one

  • You can either bring your own camping and fishing equipment or hire them from the Park Administrative Office.

 

Facilities in the park include chalets and a dormitory, campsite, restaurant (closed during the Muslim fasting month), meeting room, prayer room as well as a car park.

 

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GUA CHA 45km / 1 hour

 

The 300 sq m Gua Cha was discovered along the banks of the Nenggiri River in 1936 by H. D. Noone. It ranks among Southeast Asia's most significant prehistoric cave sites as various artifacts such as 5,000 year-old human skeletons - almost 40 sets of them, stone axes and porcelain were unearthed during excavation works, which was conducted by Gale Sieveking and his team in 1954. According to research findings, Gua Cha was inhabited by prehistoric communities during the Hoabinhian period about 10,000 years ago as well as the Neolithic period that followed 4,000 years later. You can view some of these artifacts at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Note:

A 4WD vehicle and an experienced nature guide are required for .this excursion.

 
 

ELEPHANT CEMETERY AND GUA PINTU 26km / 30 minutes

 

The Elephant Cemetery is hidden within the dense rainforest of the Nenggiri River Valley, in the remote Kampung Setar. The village surroundings are known to be frequented by elephant herds, sometimes up to 20 at a time. However, sightings have become rare as elephants generally avoid human contact. You will find at the fenced cemetery, the skeletal remains of a pair of male and female elephants who were estimated to be between the ages of 35 - 40 at their time of death. This rare discovery was made by locals more than two years ago.

 

Getting here entails a 10-minute boat ride from Kampung Pulau Setelu to Kampung Setar, a 20-minute trek to Gua Pintu, followed by a 15-minute caving adventure along its labyrinthine routes. The cave contains numerous chambers, with the upper most affording breathtaking views the lush and extensive valley below. As you walk, crawl and slide you way through the cave passages, you will encounter a community of bats, swiftlets, insects, and the occasional cave racer, before arriving at the other end of Gua Pintu where the trail to the Elephant Cemetery begins.

 

Note:

You are advised to hire a nature guide for this excursion.

 
 

GUA MUSANG WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTRE 10km / 15 minutes

 

Did you know that the antlers of a male Sambar Deer grows and detaches once a year? Or that during the mating season, the male Gaur will produce unique mating calls that can be heard from as far as 1.5km away? Did you also know that some Barking Deer can bark for more than an hour? Learn more about these large ungulate, or hoofed, mammals at the 121-hectare Gua Musang Wildlife Conservation Centre.

 

Don't miss the rare chance to get a closer look at the magnificent Gaur (Bos gaurus hubbacki) as well as the timid Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor) and Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjac). These endangered creatures are kept in spacious paddocks built amidst the rainforest and limestone outcrops. There are a total of four Gaurs, nine Barking Deer and 55 Sambar Deer at the conservation centre.

 

  • Visit the Interpretation Centre and discover interesting facts about the Gaur and deer species

  • Feed Sambar Deer at the paddock.

 

Note:

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm

Admission is free.

 
 

ETHNOBOTANY CAMP 6km / 10 minutes

 

The Ethnobotany Camp is among the top rock climbing spots in the country. The main attraction in this 37-hectare park are the limestone outcrops, which has 30 climbing routes. Suitable for beginners and experts alike, climbers can choose from different levels of difficulty. Facilities for team building activities are also available at the park. Don't forget to visit the Ethnobotany Garden, which features about 100 herbs with some containing medicinal properties such as the Tongkat Haji Samat, Mas Cotek and Dukung Anak. The park also features attractions such as deer and ostrich farms.

 

Note:

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm

Admission is free.

 
 

SHUI YUE GONG TEMPLE 18km / 20 minutes

 

Shui Yue Gong Temple's modest exterior belies its historic and religious importance. It contains a sacred painting of the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin, which is estimated to be between 500 to 700 years old. According to the locals, the hand painted relic was brought to Kelantan from China by one of the first few Chinese (Hakka) immigrants who received divine instruction to set off for Pulai in his quest for gold. He struck gold and soon after a settlement followed. Every year, a nine-day festival is held in honour of Guan Yin's birthday, which 'falls on the 19th day of second lunar month. You can take part in the celebration that includes elaborate rituals, procession of deities, communal vegetarian meals and evening entertainment.

 

Over the years, the temple has attracted devotees from as far as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea and the United States of America. A 10-minute drive away is Zi Xia Tong, a unique temple housed within a limestone outcrop known as Princess Mountain. Here, a statue of Guan Yin that has been formed from a huge limestone column stands, overlooking the picturesque surroundings of the historic Kampung Pulai.

 

Note:

Admission is free

 
 

HOMESTAY

 

Kelantan is known for having some of the best homestay villages in the country. A stay at these charming Malay kampongs lets you experience life in the peaceful countryside. The villagers, mostly farmers and rubber tappers, are known for their hospitality and cleanliness.

 

  • Try your hand-at cooking, handicraft-making, rubber tapping or oil palm harvesting.

  • Explore orchards and try local fruits.

  • Sample exotic home-co0ked delicacies.

  • Go fishing, cycle around the village or take part in folk games.

  • View or participate in cultural performances.

 

Kampung Renok Baru - 13km / 20 minutes

Head for Kampung Renok Baru, which is located near the Pelangi Waterfalls where you can go for a swim or picnic by the beautiful stream. You can also join the youths here as they practice Dikir Barat, a lively traditional group performance where songs are rendered in the distinctive Kelantanese dialect. A rafting trip along the Nenggiri River can be arranged upon request.

 

Kampung Batu Papan - 7km / 10 minutes

Another option is Kampung Batu Papan where you will find the historic Gua Madu or Honey Cave, which used to house artifacts of the Neolithic period. The cave was so named due to the colonies of honey bees nesting at its peak. Of interest here is the cave chamber that has been converted into a prayer room. You can flex your rock climbing muscles here, picnic by the Galas River or enjoy scrumptious local dishes at the restaurant nearby.

 
 
 
 
GUA MUSANG : Places Of Interest
KELANTAN - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA