The Jerantut District is a district in north-eastern Pahang, Malaysia. Jerantut is home to the National Park.
Being the largest district in Pahang, it bounds the northern states of Kelantan and Terengganu, in the south, Temerloh District and Maran District, in the west, Lipis District and Raub District and in the east, Kuantan District. Tembeling River, the main river in this district is one way to the National Park and the surrounding villages in Ulu Tembeling, as well as national highway 1508 from Jerantut town.
The confluence of Tembeling and Jelai rivers form the Pahang River where it flows right through central Pahang before emptying into the South China Sea near the royal town Pekan.
During colonial rule, Jerantut was part of Kuala Lipis district. In 1951 it was made an autonomous subdistrict (daerah kecil), with an Assistant Officer seconded from the Kuala Lipis district office. Jerantut was made a district in its own right in 1959, but it wasn't represented in parliament until 1974.
Jerantut district representative in the Federal Parliament (Dewan Rakyat)
List of Jerantut district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri)
Jerantut District is divided into 10 mukims, which are:
- Burau (12,120 Ha)
- Hulu Cheka (29,000 Ha)
- Hulu Tembeling (416,897 Ha)
- Kelola (6,248 Ha)
- Kuala Tembeling (10,778 Ha)
- Pedah (24,600 Ha) (Capital)
- Pulau Tawar (84,435 Ha)
- Tebing Tinggi (33,400 Ha)
- Teh (9,563 Ha)
- Tembeling (135,718 Ha)
The following is based on Department of Statistics Malaysia 2010 census.
|Ethnic groups in Jerantut, 2010 census
Jerantut is well connected to other towns in Pahang. Federal route links Jerantut to Temerloh, the second-largest city of Pahang. Route joins Jerantut through Jengka and then Maran, where Route 64 interchanges with ECE en route to Kuantan or Kuala Lumpur.
A smaller Route connects Jerantut to Kuala Lipis, the former capital of Pahang.
The Jerantut railway station operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) is one of the major stations of KTM's East Coast Line. KTM Intercity and Express trains stop at this station. Visitors to Taman Negara can disembark from here.
Jerantut Bus Terminal, located at the heart of the town is one of the method of transportation. Visitors can take bus to Jerantut from Kuala Lumpur's Titiwangsa Station, Temerloh Bus Terminal and some other major cities. From the bus terminal, there are bus to Taman Negara.
Logging Truck and 4WD
Another transportation mode for people, while benefiting the loggers. and poachersFederal Route 1508 to Kuala Tahan and non gazetted roads to Ulu Tembeling near Pahang-Terengganu border are connected with Federal Route 1521, 1522, 1524 and 1525 to Lepar Utara by intra-timber roads for people and animal mobilisations between remote areas in this district and further south to Malaysia Federal Route 2 at Sri Jaya and State Road C135 in Maran District.
Jerantut is a popular gateway to Taman Negara, the first national park in Malaysia and one of the world's oldest rainforest. As the most remote district in Malay Peninsula, the district solely depending on Taman Negara ecotourism to thrive on. Another side quests besides Taman Negara include:
- Kem Nusa Forest Eco Park - Lowland dipterocarp forest within Tekai/Tembeling Forest Reserve for camping and recreational retreat. Accessible from Jerantut by Federal Route and Federal Route 1508 to Kuala Tahan.
- Ulu Tembeling Forest Eco Park - Hill dipterocarp forest in Tekai Forest Reserve for outdoor retreat. Accessible from Jerantut through Federal Route , Federal Route 1508 to Kuala Tahan and non gazetted roads beyond.
- Gunung Ais - 4WD and motocross offroad adventures to the mountains near Pahang-Terengganu border. Usually accessible from Jerantut through Federal Route , Federal Route 1521, 1522 & 1524 towards FELDA Gugusan Lepar Utara and offroad beyond.
- FELDA Residence Tekam - Sporting and family recreational resort surrounded by palm oil, rubber and fruit plantations. Located near Jengka territories border and accessible from Jerantut via Federal Route towards Maran.
- Kota Gelanggi Caves Complex - Archeological limestone caves with some are open to public for caving, abseiling and outdoor adventures. Accessible from Jerantut via Federal Route towards Bandar Tun Razak.
- Lost Waterfalls Ulu Salan - Multiple hidden rapids, streams and waterfalls for outdoor retreats and adventures. Accessible from Jerantut through Federal Route , Federal Road 1508 towards Kuala Tahan and offroad beyond.
- Tekai Lake - Future man-made lake from under construction Tekai Hydroelectric Dam reservoir.
- Kuala Tembeling Jetty - Alternative waterway along Tembeling River to Taman Negara at Kuala Tahan or further upstream to well-preserved traditional villages in Ulu Tembeling. Pahang River starting point accessible from Jerantut via Federal Route towards Kuala Lipis.
- Paya Gunong Extreme Park - Limestone hills and caves for abseiling and rock climbing by via ferrata. Short distance from Jerantut, accessible by Federal Route towards Jerantut Feri and small dirt road towards the location.
- Jungle Railway - British colonial back and forth Gemas-Tumpat East Coast railway train journey through the palm oil plantations, rubber plantations and forest-thicked central spine of Malay Peninsula. Passengers boarding from Jerantut KTMB Station.
- Bukit Seladang - Recreational hilltops for outdoor retreat at Jerantut.
- Lembah Kiol & Lata Meraung Forest Eco Park - Recreational parks, aborigine settlements, streams, rapids and waterfall in lowland dipterocarp forest within Jerantut Tambahan Forest Reserve. Accessible from Jerantut via Federal Route and State Road C147.
- Lata Besin Waterfalls - Waterfalls in Jerantut Tambahan Forest Reserve at Kampung Bharu. Short distance from Jerantut, accessible via Federal Route towards Benta. Mostly known only to locals.
- Som Forest Eco Park - Lowland dipterocarp forest in Som Forest Reserve for recreational and medicational study purposes. Short distance from Jerantut, accessible via Federal Route towards Benta.
- Gunung Benom - East side (west side via Raub) jungle trekking and outdoor adventures to the mountain. Starting point accessible from Jerantut via Federal Route to Damak and State Road C141 towards Kuala Krau.