Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Now this is the scenery that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Kelimutu, a beautiful tropical mountain which is the habitat of many unique flora and fauna. But the magical part of this mountain lies on the top, you'll see three colorful lakes that keep changing their colors through out the years. these lakes once was stated as one of the seven wonders of the world. some of the experts say that the color replacement could be the effect of the mineral contents inside the lake and some other say some kind of weed that grows inside the lake is the one that effects it, but until now nobody really sure what causes that color changing. At the beginning, after the eruption in 1886 which finally formed those lakes, the colors of these lakes are red, white and blue. Throughout the years they keep changing their colors, and today the colors are green, dark blue and dark brown.

As for the natives, they really believe that these are the magical lakes with every myths that's been told from generation to generation. They believe that Kelimutu lakes are actually the sanctuaries of the spirits of the dead. The green lake is considered to be the place for teen spirits, the dark blue lake which is located side by side with the teen spirits lake is believed to be the place for witches or bad people, and the dark brown lake is believed to be the sanctuary of the elder or old people spirits.

The best time to watch Kelimutu lakes is in the morning, during the day or in the afternoon, these lakes are covered by thick fog so you wouldn't be able to see it clearly. That's why the tourists use to spend a night in Moni village at the feet of the mountain and continue their journey at dawn. This journey will take about 45 minutes to get to the lakes for 13 Km walk.

This amazing place is located in East Nusa Tenggara Island, not very far from the famous Komodo Island. To get to this place you can take a plane from Denpasar to Maumere, from Maumere you can take a bus or car charter to take you to Moni Village, it will take about 3 hours journey from Maumere to Moni Village.

There are many cozy cottages and homestays in Moni Village that you can rent with very low prices from $2.00 - $8.00 a night before you continue your journey to Kelimutu.

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