Renowned for it’s colored crater lakes, Kelimutu National Park as well gain it’s great environment and spectacular view. Declared like a national park on Feb. 26, 1992, this 1,051,000 sq . meter region not only contains lakes but also mountains. Many people can only dream about walking to Mt Kelimutu on the island of Flores with its three colored lakes, while some turn it into a reality.
You can find three lakes on the mountain sharing the same name, Kelimutu, which means ‘the boiling lake’. They all have its own colours and a local name. However all are believed to be the resting location of departed souls. The easternmost lake is called Tiwu Ata Polo, or ‘the lake for evils spirits’. The westernmost lake is named Tiwu Ata Mbupu, meaning ‘the lake of old people’. The middle one is called Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, or ‘the lake for young men and maiden’. The lake colours vary on a periodic basis.
The Kelimutu lakes are unpredictable as to whenever and just what shade they’ll become. In some cases, the colours are green, blue, and black, and many other times they turn to white, red, and blue.
It’s still a puzzle for both locals and scientists how the lakes gained it’s color and eventually change from time-to-time. The color of the three lakes are red, blue and white which eventually turns into black-brown, light green and black.
Scientifically speaking, lakes change colors due to subaqueous fumaroles. Scientists believe that these are the result of minor phreatic eruptions in ancient time. The phenomenon here, however, are of particular interest to geologists since the three lakes present different colors but are yet located on the peak of the same volcano.
Kelimutu is usually blanketed by thick fog. Travelers, however, go very early in the morning to catch the sunrise when the fog clears when the sun rises. The best time to visit is in July and August.