Kelimutu - The Mysterious Tricolored Lakes of Indonesia

Kelimutu - The Mysterious Tricolored Lakes of Indonesia

Kelimutu Lake on Mount Kelimutu, Ende, Flores consists of three crater lakes.

The colors of the lakes change over time due to volcanic activity which started millions of years ago.

Presently, these three lakes are black-green in the far east lake, green in the center lake, and black in the west lake.  Previously, the east lake was red and the middle lake was blue.

The local community considers these lakes a sacred place being the abode of the souls of the dead. The name Kelimutu itself is derived from the word ‘keli’, meaning ‘mountain’, and ‘mutu’, meaning ‘boiling’. The east lake is also called “tiwu ata polo” or the lake for evil spirits, while the center lake is known as “tiwu nua muri koo fai” or the lake for young souls, while the west lake is called “tiwu ata mbupu” or the lake for the souls of the elderly and wise people.

Lake Kelimutu and its spectacular panorama are now a very popular tourist attraction.

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