Kelimutu Lake In Flores Island
Kelimutu Lake is Located in Kelimutu National Park – Flores Island – Indonesia. It was populated by a Dutchman named Van Such Telen in 1915. The beauty became more widely known after Y. Bouman described the beauty and discoloration of the lake’s water in his 1929 writing.
To reach the location of the lake, you can start from Moni, a small town which is a tourist base. Scenery along the road to the location of the lake is very beautiful. The westernmost lake is called Tiwu Ata Mbupu which means ‘lake of souls of deceased parents’. The lake in the middle is called the lake Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai or ‘lake for the souls of young people who have died ‘. The easternmost lake is called Tiwu Ata Polo or ‘lake for souls for people to always commit crime ‘. The third color of the lake is always changing.
There are 3 (three) different colored lakes which can fascinate foreign and local tourists, as well as various flora which consists of 140 species in the form of woody plants (shrub trees) and 36 types of herbaceous plants, endemic ecosystems namely Bogonio Kelimutuensis, Turuwara ecosystem (Rhododendron Renschianum), which can be found around lakes.
These two types experience season between May and August, will give a red color on the banks of the lake, thus adding to the charm of the beauty of the kelimutu lake, besides that it can also be found with Longifolia Anaphas (Edelweis).
Visitors can find various types of Fauna such as Garugiwa Bird (Pachycephala nidigula) which has a very soft voice and is often called a spirit bird because it seldom shows itself, Garugiwa birds have a chirp of more than 15 collections of sounds, the most active Garugiwa birds singing in the morning, when the weather is sunny, between 06.00 – 10.00, the birds chirping can be enjoyed from the entrance of the area to the peak of kelimutu, besides that there are also species of gray stone Wren (Parus major cinereus Vieillot). You can find also Macaca fascicularis (Raffles, 1821), generally known as the long-tailed monkey, a species that is widespread in the tropical regions of southeast Asia (Eudey, 2008).