Gunung Kelimutu, Nusa Tenggara Timur

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Kelimutu () is a volcano, close to the small town of Moni in central Flores island in Indonesia. The volcano is around 50km to the east of Ende, Indonesia, the capital of Ende regency in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Overview of Lake Flores

Maybe some of you have never tried trekking to Lake Flores but some may still dreaming to visit it . The lake has three colors sifting peak Kelimutu National Park .

Travel by rental car with a capacity of 7 seats can keep you entertained with impressive scenery along the road for several hours . Winding journey that connects the islands along the 350 km of this somehow is a decent price for Flores panoramic beauty that deserves to be discussed .

Kelimutu National Park is the smallest national park of six national parks in Bali and Nusa Tenggara . However , his size is not so important when you see the natural beauty of this national park has to offer . Here there are three lakes located atop Mount Flores, the third lake has the same name and popularly known as Lake kelimutu . Each lake has colors and their meanings . The third lake is believed to be the abode of spirits and also believed to have a very powerful natural force .

Lake Flores popularized a Dutch citizen named Van Such Telen in 1915 . Its beauty is more widely known after Y. Bouman describes the beauty and the lake water discoloration in his writings in 1929 .

To reach the lake , you can start from Moni , a small town which is beautiful backpacker.Pemandangan basecamp along the path to the location of the lake is very beautiful . The westernmost lake named Tiwu Ata Mbupu which means ' lake souls of parents who have died ' . The lake at the center of a lake called Nuwa Muri Koo Fai Tiwu or ' lake untukjiwa - life young people who have died ' . The most eastern lake called Tiwu Ata Polo or ' lake of souls untukorang always do evil ' . The third color lake is always changing .

There are other lakes in the world that can change color like Blue Lake in Mount Gambier , in South Australia , which changes the color blue into gray and can also diprediksi.Ada Yudamari Lake in Mount Nakade , Japan , which changes the color of turquoise into a water color hijau.Perubahan Lake Flores is unpredictable . Sometimes, the color can be blue , green and black , and other times can be white, red and blue , and some time ago dark brown .

Scientifically discoloration Lake Flores is a factor mineral content , moss and rocks inside the crater and also the influence of sunlight . Scientists believe that the lake was formed from a volcanic eruption in ancient times . This phenomenon has attracted the attention of geologists because of the existence of the lake which has three different colors but are in the same mountain . Local communities in Moni , convinced that the people who live around the lake have done evil and death .

Kelimutu Lake is part of the National Park Flores . The highest point of this national park is located at 5.679 feet Kelibara mountain ( 1,731 meters ) and 5,544 feet high Kelimutu or ( 1,690 meters ) . Kelimutu National Park is home to around 19 species of endangered birds including pigeon flores ( Treron florist ) , Wallacea owl ( Otus silvicola ) , sweep the jungle - swinging ( Rhinomyias oscillans ) , kancilan Flores ( Pachycephala nudigula ) , junk dwarf ( Pericrocotus lansbergei ) , tesia East ( tesia everetti ) , opior crested ( Lophozosterops dohertyi ) , opior half thick ( Heleia crassirostris ) , chili gold ( Dicaeum Annae ) , kehicap flores ( Monarcha sacerdotum ) , honey bird to shine ( Nectarinia solaris ) , and eagle Flores ( Spizaetus florists ) .

Here also can be found mountain rats ( Bunomys naso ) , banteng ( Bos javanicus javanicus ) , deer ( Muntiacus muntjac nainggolani ) , mongoose ( Pardofelis marmorata ) , pangolin ( Manis javanica ) , porcupine ( Hystrix brachyura brachyura ) , and deer ( Tragulus javanicus javanicus ) .

The local community believes that this lake is where the souls of the dead rest . Flores area surrounded by woods that covered a variety of plants that are rarely found elsewhere in Flores . In addition to pine trees , there are also ferns , plant genus Casuarina , redwood and edelweiss flowers . Pine forest thrives at an altitude of Mount Kelimutu . Another area of barren mountain with sand and soil that is unstable . The local community believes that Kelimutu is kramat mountain and a source of fertility to the soil around it .

Kelimutu area surrounded by forest with endemic flora that are rarely found in other parts of Flores . In addition to pine trees , there is also casuarinas , red wood and edelweiss . Pine forest thrives at an altitude of Mount Kelimutu . The other part of the mountain is dry with unstable land . Local people believe that Kelimutu is sacred and deploy their fertility to the soil .

Visitors can only walk around Lake Kelimutu but not all areas can be explored due to some dangerous areas and therefore restricted . If you want to go trekking then there is a path from Moni to Kelimutu which is shorter than the car .

Moni distance of about 12 miles to the summit . Distance from Moni to park a motor vehicle is 11 miles , visitors have to climb a mountain peak climbing through about 30 minutes .

There are several places that you can visit such as Blue Stone Beach , Former Disposal Site Home Bung Karno , and clear , shopping at the Market Ikat fabric .

Ascend is the main reason for tourists who come to Moni or Ende. Some parts of the national park forbidden to visit because of the instability of the earth's heat. Trekking safest sits between Moni and Kelimutu. Trekking as far as 12 miles long and takes about 30 minutes.

There are only a few restaurants in Moni. Available in the local market stalls Moni. If you want to hike to Lake Flores, you do not need to bring food for the trip can be gone for about an hour. But if you want to explore the national park, you have to bring their own food, especially drinking water. Seller ginger tea is available at the top-nyadimana pamandangan tourists enjoy captivating sunsets.

Arwanti Restaurant and Restaurant is a two star restaurant recommended.
TIPS
Flores is usually shrouded by fog. You better visit in the early morning around 3:30 am in order to watch the sunrise charming atmosphere. Atmosphere is the most good to see a view of Lake Flores.

The best time to visit Lake Flores is in July and August. Please book your hotel two months before the visit.

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