You can crave the amazing panorama of Mount Kelimutu Crater Lake in Flores Island, Indonesia, and enjoy the magnificent view from the top. Mount Kelimutu is located in Flores Island, about 66 km from Ende, famous for its three colored lakes that constantly changing color. The road to Mount Kelimutu is winding, and a bit rough, with sharp curves here and there but all the effort will worth the price of seeing the beauty of nature. To get near the lake, you can stay in Moni, the nearest small village at the foot of Mount Kelimutu, and it takes aboaut 30 minutes’ walk from parking area to get into the peak along the mountain’s side.
Stepping your foot close into the mountain, you will find the Kelimutu three lake are one of the best natural phenomena in existence, and the most amazing sight in Flores, Indonesia. Local people believe that the three lakes of Kelimutu represent three different things, and beyond that, Kelimutu is also believed to be mystical and sacred place for indigenous people.
Kelimutu Three Lakes
Unlike other lakes in the world, that also changes in color predictably, the time of when the color of Kelimutu three lake changes remains a mystery. These striking three lakes vary in color, mostly blue, red, or brown, and each has different name. The first is called Tiwu Ata Mbupu that represents the lake of ancestor’s soul, located westernmost of the three lakes. Tiwu Ata Mbupu often appears with the color of blue or turquoise.
Tiwu Ko’o Fai Nuwa Muri or the lake of young males and females mostly appears in green, situated side by side with the third lake, Tiwu Ata Polo or the bewitched lake of evil spirits that mostly appear with the color of red. Scientifically speaking, the change in color of Kelimutu Volcano Lake in Indonesia is caused by mineral contents of the water generated from the volcano itself. However, local people believe that the change in color is due to the dormant ancestral souls.
The Kelimutu crater lake in Flores Island is one of favorite tourist destinations in the country for both local and foreign tourists, because the place offers both serenity and tranquility packed with exquisite natural beauty and hospitality of local people. You can stay in Moni and enjoy the beautiful sunrise in the morning, before the thick fog covered the lakes.
As part of the Kelimutu National Park, you can also see wildlife in conservation including deer, porcupines, as well as local Luwak or civet while you visit the Kelimutu three lake in Flores.