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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Three Coloured Lake Kelimutu

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Lake kelimutu, part of kelimutu national park, is situated on the peak of mount kelimutu which is at an altitude of 1.631 meters.administratively located in the district of Ende, East Nusa Tenggara Province.

Kelimutu is a volcano, close to the town of Moni in central Flores Island of Indonesia containing three summit crater lakes of varying colors. Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) is usually blue and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red in color, respectively. The lake colors do vary on a periodic basis. Subaqueous fumaroles are the probable cause of active upwelling that occurs at the two eastern lakes.
The lake have been a source of minor phreatic eruptions in historical time. The summit of the compound 1639-m-high Kelimutu volcano is elongated two km in a WNW-ESE direction; the older cones of Kelido and Kelibara are located respectively three km to the north and two km to the south. The scenic lakes are a popular tourist destination. Keli Mutu is also of interest to geologists because the three lakes are different colors yet reside at the crest of the same volcano

there are three bacwaters in the lake which tend to turn their colours. for instance the water in oone of those , change fro red to bottle green then someday it can be pink and in another backwater , the water turn from bottle green into light green, the last one , the water can change from deep brown into azure.
Although the guidebooks all talk about being up on the summit for sunrise, you should do that only if you're a fan of sunrises. The lakes do not show their glory until the sun hits them, which will be about 8 or 9 in the morning, depending on the lake.

it can accessed by taking air transportation from kupang, the capital of east nusa tenggara province, to ende district, it will be approximately 40 minutes,The closest airports are Maumere, and Ende. There are regular flights to Maumere from Bali. continue the journey by public transportations to kaonara village, about 93 km away or 3 hous, then continued by walk for around 2.5 km. entrance ticket is IDR 3000, on the weekend the ticket will be IDR 5000. Moni is a small settlement at the foot of the volcanic Mount Kelimutu on the island of Flores in Indonesia. It is a good base for a trip to the coloured lakes of the volcano. The drive from Maumere to Moni, the town at the base of Keli Mutu, takes about 3 hours.

Jopu Traditional Hand Weaving Villages

Ikats weaving is one of the most attractive to see in the area of Moni, Take a walk to Jopu villages where you can see how the process of Ikat weaving.
Along the routes between Moni and Jopu is the most beautiful view on the area, take walk all the way to Jopu and on the way back take a bus ride from Jopu to Moni.




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