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Kelimutu Volcano: Turquoise lakes, Natural changes and Eternal Believes


Flores Island, Indonesia 🇮🇩


It is believed that spirits come to Kelimutu when people die.

According to local residents’ beliefs, the colors of Lake Kelimutu have their respective meanings and have very powerful natural forces.

Lake Kelimutu or Tiwu Kelimutu is divided into three parts which correspond to the colors in the lake. The blue lake or “Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai” is a gathering place for the souls of young people who have died. The red lake or “Tiwu Ata Polo” is a gathering place for the souls of villains who have died. While the white lake or “Tiwu Ata Mbupu” is a gathering place for the souls of the elderly people who have died.

Residents around the lake believe that when the lake changes color, they must give offerings to the spirits of people who have died. Those lakes look like colorful paints. The water’s color changes without prior natural clues. The mineral contained in the water causes the water to change into unpredictable colour. The situation in Kelimutu changes not only due to the lakes colour but also to the climate. It is no wonder this mystical place has become a legend since old days. Local people firmly believe that this place is sacred.


Kelimutu National Park is located on the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is an area composed of hills and mountains, the highest peak of which is Mount Kelibara, reaching 1,731 meters. Mount Kelimutu, home to the three colorful lakes, is also located in this national park. This natural attraction is is very famous for tourists.


You can get to Flores Island by air or, you can also take a three days cruise from Lombok Island via Komodo and Rinca Island which are also absolutely breathtaking.


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