It is not a secret anymore that East Nusa Tenggara has a lot of extraordinary tourist attractions, ranging from beautiful beaches to a variety of spots with stunning views. One of the most frequently visited by travelers is the Kelimutu Lake.
Kelimutu is one of the most beautiful lakes in Indonesia, situated in Flores Island. The lake, which is located in the middle of the top of Mount Kelimutu, consists of three lakes that have different water colors.
The three lakes at the summit of Mount Kelimutu are the Tiwu Ata Mbupu (blackish blue), the Tieu Nuwa Muri Koo (tosca green) and the Tiwu Ata Polo (brownish black).
Unlike most other lake that become tourist attraction, Lake Kelimutu tour can be enjoyed visually only. At Lake Kelimutu, you will be presented with a view of three different colored lakes.
Not only that, around this lake area, you will also be presented with a natural landscape of a variety of plants and also wildlife that live around the Kelimutu mountains.
If in most other lakes you can do various kinds of tourist activities like swimming, diving or even playing water, then don’t expect you to be able to do those kinds of activities around these lakes. You can only and are only allowed to enjoy the beauty of Kelimutu using your own camera lens.
Kelimutu Volcanic Lake is located within the Kelimutu National Park which is on the border of Bali and Nusa Tenggara area. The geographical position of the National Park itself is in Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province.
To reach the Kelimutu, you can depart from the Village of Moni, located in the Kelimutu National Park. From the village of Moni, the only way that can be taken by visitors is to walk for approximately 2 to 3 hours. For those of you who want to catch the sunrise, you can depart from the Moni area around 2 to 3 in the morning together with your teams.
Magical Kelimutu Lakes
Visitors must climb as far as two and a half kilometers before they can reach the summit of Kelimutu. But after long journey, you will be presented with extraordinary scenery. Three massive lakes with different colors. The view is very stunning, especially when the sun rises.
Each lake in Kelimutu has its own myth. The Blue Lake is known as Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, a gathering place for the souls of people who have died. The Red Lake is called Tiwu Ata Polo, a gathering of deceased human souls which during their life always committing crimes. Finally, there is the White Lake or Tiwu Ata Mbupu, the place of the souls of the elderly.
Uniquely, it turns out that the three colors of the Kelimutu are not always the same and unpredictable. Sometimes it can be green, black and blue. From the scientific side, this is caused by the mineral content, moss as well as the rocks inside the crater and the influence of sunlight.
Kelimutu name itself turns out to have a special meaning. “Keli” means mountain while the word “Mutu” means boiling.
Accommodation and Facilities
Because it is located in a mountainous area which is difficult to reach, around the Lake of Kelimutu you will not find lodging accommodations or transportation and consumption facilities at all. In fact, to be able to be in the location of this three-colored lake, the visitors have to take a steep journey and walk quiet far.
For those of you who are from outside the NTT area, you can find accommodation facilities in the Moni area which serve as the starting point before depart to the summit.
In this area, you can find a variety of lodging accommodations with relatively cheap and affordable prices. Not only that, in this area you can also find many food sellers that are devoted to tourists who want to know Kelimutu Lake tourism.