The Three-colored Lakes of Kelimutu

December 14, 2012 | in Travel

The volcano, located in the middle of the Indonesian island of Flores, is perhaps the main attraction of the island. The main feature of the volcano are three lakes in craters, which constantly are changing their color.

Kelimutu volcano rises to 1639 meters above the sea level. Its last eruption was more than forty years ago. According to the local legend, when someone dies, he rises to the crater and disappears into the depths of the lake. The darker the lake, the greater is the dissatisfaction of the dead. All three lakes have unusual names: Tiwi Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Tai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched, or Enchanted Lake). The lakes themselves are full of minerals. This fact leads to a permanent change of the water color. The color can vary from black to red-brown and from turquoise to deep green.

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

The Three colored Lakes of Kelimutu

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