Three Lakes, Three Colors, One Volcano

Kelimutu Lake 2

Kelimutu Lake 3

Kelimutu Lake 4

Kelimutu Lake 6

Kelimutu Lake 7

Kelimutu Lake 8

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Kelimutu Lake

Mount Kelimutu is situated in eponymous national park on the island of Flores. The Island is staggeringly 350 km in length and is famous for its three colored lakes on top of a single volcano.  The three lakes all have different names and, obviously, local people have for centuries believed that the lakes are the spiritual resting place of their ancestors.

The Lake of Old People (Tiwu Ata Mbupu) at the western point of the volcano is typically blue. The two other lakes share a crater wall. The Lake of Young Men and Maidens (Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai) is characteristically green.  The third, the Enchanted Lake (Tiwu Ata Polo) can often be blood red but in the pictures here appears an olive color.