The Sungai Kedah, the river entrance which is about 20 miles S of Kuala Perlis, is shallow. The N entrance point of the Sungai Kedah is marked by a light.
There is an outer anchorage, in about 7m, 3 miles off the Sungai Kedah entrance.
Alor Setar (Alor Star, the capital of Kedah State, is situated approximately 7 miles above the mouth of the Sungai Kedah. A ferry wharf, 55m in length with a depth of 1.2m alongside, is situated at Alor Setar.
There are no deep-water berthing facilities reported in this port.
From the Sungai Kedah the coast, with an adjoining mud flat, extends in a S direction for a distance of about 26 miles to the entrance of the Sungai Merbok (Merbau River), and continues low and wooded until within 8 or 9 miles of that river, where the conspicuous Gunong Jerai, 1,212m high, is located at a distance of 4 miles from the coast, in position 5°47'N, 100°26'E.
Caution.—In passing between the Sungai Kedah and Pulau Pinang (Penang Island) during the night, care must be taken to keep clear of the numerous fishing stakes which are fixed in places on the banks, some 6 or 7 miles from the coast.
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