Waterfalls in Kelantan

2021-06-09 22:36:15

Kelantan is mountainous on the western and southern parts with rivers flowing through alluvial plains on the eastern part where most of the state’s major towns are located. Waterfalls are formed in these mountainous areas when the rivers flow across the earth and from rock to rock and drop vertically down.

Kelantan is mountainous on the western and southern parts with rivers flowing through alluvial plains on the eastern part where most of the state’s major towns are located, before pouring out into the South China Sea.

It is undeniable that waterfalls are formed in these mountainous areas when the rivers flow across the earth and from rock to rock and drop vertically down.

 

Lata Rek

Lata Rek is located about 27 kilometres from the town of Kuala Krai along the Kuala Krai – Gua Musang road.

Lata Rek is a cascading fall and a seasonal one. During the rainy season, the large volume of water makes it an impressive waterfall. At the crest of the waterfall is a derelict dam, which was once used for a mini hydro power station.

Lata Rek is popular among the locals who go there for their recreational activities.  Some will go there for a picnic, for a dip in the plunge pool, to sit on the wet rocks or to just simply relax amidst the sound of flowing water and cool breeze. Some visitors have also attempted to climb the cascades when the water flow is not strong.

According to the locals, the name Lata Rek was derived from the Orang Asli language. Lata means rapids and rek means falling water. 

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Lata Berangin

Lata Berangin is located about 18 kilometres from Kuala Krai town, along the Kuala Krai – Gua Musang road.

Lata Berangin is a high and large waterfall of about 120 metres. The plunge pool is safe for swimming and bathing.  The area surrounding the fall is also suitable for family and group activities such as picnics and camping. The locality of the waterfall is rich in flora and fauna, making is a suitable place to escape from the hurried pace of life in the towns.

Lata Berangin is named as such because its plunge pool area is rather windy. It is rather difficult to climb to the crest of the waterfall as the rocks are steep and slippery.

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Jelawang / Stong Waterfall

The Jelawang Waterfall is located in the Gunung Stong State Park, which was previously known as the Jelawang Jungle. It is one of the seven waterfalls in this park.

The Jelawang Waterfall is a seven-tiered, 305-metre-high waterfall. It is also known as the Stong Waterfall.

The crest of this waterfall is at an elevation of 460 metres above sea level. The water falls over a gigantic slab of exposed bedrock, which can be seen from afar.

Unlike most waterfalls that are visited by people who go there to relax or for family recreational activities, visitors to this fall prefer to accept the challenge of hiking up to the top of the waterfall. They would normally hike to the brink of the waterfall, camp overnight by the river and rise early to witness the sunrise. The campsite, called Camp Baha is located at an elevation of 460 metres above sea level.

Some visitors use this campsite as the base to hike to the various peaks in the Gunung Stong State Park. There are three peaks which are most accessible and commonly hiked, namely the Gunung Stong at 1,422 metres above sea level, Gunung Ayam at 1,504 metres above sea level and Gunung Baha at 1,309 metres above sea level. Of the three peaks, Gunung Ayam offers the best views.  There are also other peaks but they require a few days to trek through the jungle to reach them.

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