JOURNEY to the island of Flores, in the province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), especially to Ende will not complete if you have not visited Kelimutu Lake or Three Colors Lake. Kelimutu Lake is a lake that holds many stories and mysteries.
The lake is known for its three colors, namely red, blue and white. Even so, the colors are always changing with the passage of time. Now alone, two colors of the three lakes that are brown, while the other is green.
Kelimutu is a combination word of "Keli" meaning mountain and the word "Mutu" which means to boil. According to local belief, the colors on the Lake Kelimutu has the meaning of each and have a very powerful force of nature.
Lake or Tiwu Kelimutu in the top three sections in accordance with the existing colors in the lake. Blue lake or Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai is a gathering place the souls of young people who have died.
Red lake or Tiwu Ata Polo is a gathering place the souls of the dead and as long as he lives is always a crime / magic. While the lake is white or Tiwu Ata tourists are gathering where the souls of parents who have died.
Morning is the best time to witness the beauty of the lake Kelimutu. Whereas before noon, let alone in the afternoon, usually offering lake Kelimutu be hindered by thick fog.
In addition Kelimutu lake scenery, natural beauty can also be witnessed by others in the National Park Kelimutu like a lot of protected forests of pine and fir trees and chirping birds that inhabit the National Park area Kelimutu.
Kelimutu lake in the village of Moni, Ende, East Nusa Tenggara Province. From the Capital District, Ende, to get there, reached by traveling about two hours using a vehicle. From Moni into a tourist attraction was still being pursued again about 20 minutes drive.
Do not worry about accommodation once there. Because in Moni, there are a number of places of accommodation at affordable prices starting from Rp 150,000 to Rp 350,000 per day.
And are strongly advised to stay in Moni. Why? Because the beauty of the lake's three-color scenery and a new tourist attraction that can look beautiful when the morning at around 06:00 until 11:00.
Meanwhile, after 11:00 o'clock upwards, at the location of a tourist attraction that will be foggy so we could not enjoy the beauty of Lake Kelimutu. Because of these conditions then you are advised to stay at Moni so in the morning, we have been able to it as a tourist attraction.
The natural resources of Lake Kelimutu supported also by the cultural richness of traditional houses, traditional dances and weaving crafts that are characteristic of local residents.
Beside that, there are hot springs, waterfalls, and indigenous settlements that must be visited. If you want to visit the Lake Kelimutu, the best time is between July and September.
The Amazing of Kelimutu Lake
After eruption in 1886 the mount remained three crater lakes with formerly distinct colors: red, blue, and white. The colors, however, have changed continually since the eruption of Mount Iya in Ende in 1969. The changes of its colors make Kelimutu different from others and become one of the attractive places to be seen.
This is the uniqueness of Lake Kelimutu: three crater lakes on top of Mount Kelimutu, and their color changes. However, rare events have occurred, since the end of 2008, Lake Kelimutu started changing and now it becomes a lake trichromatic color, the trio became light green. Change one color to the crater lake situated on the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT), was initiated in December 2008. Ata Polo Lake Tiwu when it changes color from blackish brown to dark green. And than Lake Tiwu Ata changes the color from blackish green moss to green young.