Mount Kelimutu

January 1st, 2015 | by TheJourneyMagz
Mount Kelimutu
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Another stunning view and unbelievable panorama of Flores Island, Mount Kelimutu. The word Kelimutu comes from the combination of the word “Keli” which means mountain and “mutu” which means to boil. Mount Kelimutu with its three colors lakes, in a local language called “Kelimutu Tiwu Telu” is one of the main volcanoes in Flores Island which is belonging to Pemo village, Kelimutu district – Ende regency – Flores. It is about 1.639 meters above sea level.

After the eruption in 1886 the mount remained three crater lakes with formerly distinct colors: red, blue, and white. The colors, however, have changed continually since the eruption of Mount Iya in Ende in 1969 and the changes of its colors make Kelimutu different from others and become one of the attractive places to be seen in Flores. The change of the colors unpredictable and no one could say exactly when the colors will change.

Recently the colors of the lakes are: Turquoise, Blue Dark and Black. The black color lakes lies at the western part while the other two lakes are lies together separated by a very tight cliff. According to local belief the colored lakes have their own meaning and also a very natural force. The Turquoise Color Lake (Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai) is for the spirits of young souls who died at a very young age, The Blue Dark color Lake (Tiwu Ata Polo) is known as a place for the evil spirits of the death and the black is home to the elder spirits (Tiwu Ata Mbupu).


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