The Tri-Crater “Boiling Lakes” of Mount Kelimutu

One of the most amazing phenomenon in Flores, Mount Kelimutu with its three-crater lakes is definitely a sight to behold. Aside to being a popular tourist’s attraction, Mount Kelimutu is also a sacred place for the locals, and it comes with a myth which explains the origins of the mountain.

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Kelimutu means “the boiling lake” in the local dialect. The locals believed that the souls of the dead find eternal rest here. Each of the three lakes has its own name; Tiwu Ata Polo or Enchanted Lake, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai or the Lake of Young Men and Maidens and Tiwu Ata Mbupu, Lake of Ancestors. The locals believe that the changing colours of the lake is caused by the neglected spirits of departed ancestors.

 Photo by @wewereonholidays via Instagram

Due to the water’s mineral contents, the water in each lake changes colours over time. At present, one of the lakes is mossy dark green, one is green, and one is somewhat blueish-green.

 Photo by @robertoreiter via Instagram

Located within the Kelimutu National Park, which protects 19 endemic and endangered species, Mount Kelimutu stands at a height of 1690 metres. It is a 30-minute leisurely stroll to its peak via a paved path through a lush forest where you can view some endemic birds and forest creatures. The nearest town to the Kelimutu National Park is a town called Moni, which is about 50km east of Ende in Central Flores and 4 hours ride from Maumere by car.

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