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Color Charm Flores Crater (Kelimutu)

This is a mountain that holds the mystery as well as charm. Kelimutu Pemo located in the Village, District Flores, Ende, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT). With a peak altitude of 1690 m above sea level, the mountain is unique because there are three differently colored crater lakes.

three differently colored crater lakes

The lake is known as the Lake of Three Colors because it has three different colors, namely red, blue, and white. Even so, the colors are always changing over time. No less was 12 times the color change occurred within 25 years. The first and second lake is located very close together, while the third lake is located about 1.5 km apart in the West. The color change is suspected due to the refraction of sunlight, the micro-biota, water, the dissolved chemical substances, and due to the reflection color of the walls and bottom of the lake.

Flores is a combination word of "keli" meaning mountain and the word "quality" which means to boil. According to local belief, the colors on the lake Flores has the meaning of each and have a very powerful natural forces.

Lake or Tiwu Flores is divided into three sections corresponding to the color - the color that is in the lake. Blue lake or "Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai" is a gathering place for young people who have died. Lake of the red or "Tiwu Ata Polo" is a gathering place for the souls of those who have died and during his life was always a crime / magick. While the lake is white or "Tiwu Mbupu Ata" is a gathering place for the souls of parents who have died.

The third area of the lake of about 1,051,000 square meters with a volume of 1292 million cubic meters of water. Boundary between the lake was a narrow stone walls prone to landslides. This wall is very steep with 70-degree angle. Lake wall height ranges from 50 to 150 meters.

Earlier this area was originally discovered by Van Such Telen, a Dutch citizen, in 1915. Its beauty is widely known after Y. Bouman describes in his writings in 1929. Since then the foreign tourists started to come enjoy the lake known as anchor for the local community. Those who came not only the lover of beauty, but also researchers who want to know the natural occurrence is very rare. For fans of hiking and love the beauty of nature in the tropical mountain village, a trip to this place is the best option. Regions Flores has established a National Natural Conservation Area since February 26, 1992.

To achieve Kelimutu that had erupted in 1886, the need to "struggle" of its own. From the City of Maumere, Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, it took about 3 hours with a rented car with road conditions are not too good, twisting, crossing the ravine and cliffs. We will meet with the village closest to the crater named Flores mountain village of Moni.

The village is situated in the village of Koanara, District Wolowaru, Ende, a distance of 13 kilometers from Lake Flores. From Moni only takes about 45 minutes to reach the mouth of Lake Flores.

Apart from Maumere, Flores also be reached from Ende using intercity bus or rental vehicle, with the price and travel time is relatively not much different. From the capital of East Nusa Tenggara Province, namely Kupang, visitors can use the plane to the town of Ende, Flores island, with travel time to 40 minutes. Flores is located about 66 kilometers from the town of Ende and 83 kilometers from the town of Maumere.

In the village of Moni being sold Lio woven fabric which is one of typical local products there and sold by locals to the tourists. In the village of Moni also have lodging that can be used by tourists to stay or rest.

There are around 20 homestays run by people with a tariff of Rp 25,000-Rp 50,000 per night while the government-owned cottages cost Rp 75,000-Rp 85,000. per night. Edelweiss, Pine and Pine is a plant that we can encounter when entering the area of Flores.

Well, please enjoy the crater lake region 3 colors of the exotic mountain Kelimutu it!


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