Kelantan Area: 14 920 square km

Kelantan Capital & Royal Town: Kota Bharu

Kelantan Administrative Divisions
Bachok, Gua Musang, Jeli, Kota Bharu, Kuala Krai, Machang, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tanah Merah and Tumpat

Kelantan, translated literally as the ‘Land of Lightning’ is a land of irresistible delights with its charming fishing villages, verdant padi fields and languid palm-fringed beaches.

The state of Kelantan has a population of about 1.4 million, of which 95% are Malays while the rest are Chinese, Indians and Thais.

Located at the northeastern corner of Peninsular Malaysia, Kelantan is known as the cradle of Malay culture. The Kelantanese have over the centuries preserved their age-old customs and traditions. Here, you can see colourful kites, giant tops as well as the fascinating shadow puppet plays.

Kelantan is home to the giant tops, the multi-coloured giant kites and centuries-old skin puppets (wayang kulit). The ancient traditions are well preserved and very much alive in Kelantan, and the state has since been known as the ‘Cradle of the Malay Culture’.

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