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Darul Naeem (Kelantan) The Land of Lightning

An agrarian state with verdant paddy grasslands, casuarinas lined beaches and bucolic fishing villages, Kelantan is situated in the northeast corner of the peninsular, Malaysia.

Kelantan appears to be lacking in records of the ancient history, yet some historical Chinese documents reveals something little about its ancient history that dates back to 3000 BC. Such documents reveal the existence of an administration that sustained links with China and Kelantan is referred with few different names through these documents, such as Chih Tu, Ho Lo Tan and then Tan Tan.

Its Arabic version name is Darul Naeem, which means the Land of Lightning and the trinkets of Kelantan are originated in the strength of its culture and its distant, immaculate beauty. During the Siamese rule under the ruler Raja Kumar, Kelantan used to be an important trading centre in the last years of 15th century, and then it was conquered by the Malacca Empire in 1499, therefore turned out to be the Malacca’s vassal state. After the collapse of Malacca in1511, Kelantan was divided up and ruled by trivial tribal chiefs. A trivial tribal chief of Kubang Labu in Kelantan thrived in unifying the territory of the present Kelantan around in 1760 and soon after Long Yunos, held the throne and declared himself Raja of Kelantan in 1764. After the death of Long Yunos, Kelantan came under the authority of Terengganu.

In its recent history Kelantan was taken over by the Japanese on 8th December, 1941, yet after its defeat in August 1945, Kelantan and the rest of Malaya were colonized by the British Military Administration in the month of September 1945. Kelantan turn out to be part of the Federation of Malaya on February 1st, 1948 and together with other states attained independence on 31st August, 1957. Eventually on 16th September 1963, Kelantan became one of the constituent states of Malaysia. Kelantan benefits from a pleasant tropical climate, it is almost sunny all year round with energizing sporadic rain, yet longer and severe rainfall is observed in the months of November, December and January and daily temperature varies from 21°C to 32°C.

The best recommended time to visit this state is between Februarys to May as precipitation is comparatively less in this time of the year, yet some visitors, being eager for the local festivals do prefer to come here in July, as the annual traditional festival is held here in the month of July each year. Kelantan is a known destination for adventures like river rafting, river cruises, jungle trekking and bird watching. The Sultan Ismail Petra formerly known as Kota Bharu Airport is to be found about five miles away from Kota Bharu’s city centre, Kelantan. It is the busiest airport in the East Coast of Malaysia. At present it is just operating domestic flights, so to arrive here, visitors can avail flights to Kuala Lumpur and then by domestic flight they can approach the Kelantan. The state offers abundance of great tourist attractions like Kota Bahru, the capital of Kelantan. It is a lively town famed for its lavishly festooned trishaws. Kelantan Cultural Centre, A living heritage of Kelantan, situated on Jalan Mahmud. Istana Batu Royal Museum, which was designed and built in 1939, during the control of Sultan Ismail I. The War Museum is a historical building that occupies the oldest brick structure in Kelantan, back to 1912. The history of Islam in Kelantan is well preserved in the artifacts and writings displayed in Syura Hall. There is other worth visiting attraction such as Gunung Stong, Merdeka Square, Masjid Kampung Laut, Istana Balai Besar, Pantai Cahaya Bulan, Pantai Seri Tujuh, also known as Beach of Seven Lagoons, Jalan Temenggong, Handicraft Village and the famous Beach of Melody, Pantai Irama.
Updated : 29-09-2011 20:28:13
Source : news.cheapflighthouse.co.uk
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