For everyone who was born before the 2000s, you must be familiar with Indonesian old IDR 5000 bills that featured a picture of the three-colored lake on one of the sides. As a kid, we always wondered if that’s really possible and curious to witness it with our own eyes. Although it was hard and expensive to reach the island back then, nowadays there’s a lot of simple ways to visit the lake and one of them is through the Komodo boat charter service.
Wonders of Indonesia are within reach of the Komodo Boat Charter!
Kelimutu is mountains with a huge lake on the crater, this mountain is located 1639 above the sea surface. There are 3 large lakes that each have a name: Tiwu Nuwa Muri Kofai, Tiwu Ata Polo, and Tiwu Ata Mbupu. These lakes are indeed famous for its color-changing nature, the cause of this phenomenon is actually the gas and the microbes surrounding it.
Even though there’s already a logical explanation, the color-changing phenomenon still becomes a mystery among both the locals and scientists alike. Locals still believe in the myth, that there were once two wizards and a prince who can conjure water and change it to different colors for a sign. We don’t really know the details of the story, but basically locals ended up believing that each color of the lake representing something that’s going to happen.
As for the scientist, they haven’t exactly figured out how the gas can affect the change of colors. Not only that, but the pattern of the colors is also quite random making it even more mysterious. Some of them even ended up believing the locals as well that it is indeed some kind of sign to the people around the lake.
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Even though the gas around the lake is not exactly lethal to humans, tourists are not allowed to stay for a long time because the gas can give a dangerous effect if we inhale it on heavy dose. For the entry fee, Indonesian native citizen only has to pay IDR 5000 while international tourists are charged IDR 150.000. This huge gap causes some controversy back then, that’s why most foreigners choose to join the Komodo boat charter instead to get a cheaper cost.
Last words, Kelimutu lake is one of the wondrous places in Indonesia that you must come for yourself to truly experience the beauty of it. The visit to Kelimutu lake is included in tour packages organized by Komodo Boat charter along with many other beautiful places. Book the trip and start your adventure in Indonesia!