Indonesia is a huge archipelago of around 17,508 islands with a land area of 1,919,440 square kilometers. Apart from its various natural wonders, exotic places and massive rain forests, Kelimutu is particularly famous for its tremendous uniqueness due to its three multi-colored crater lakes. Perhaps, Kelimutu is the only fantastic volcano of Indonesia on the lovely planet where this superb color variation exists. Kelimutu, along with its all three crater lakes have the religious sacredness near the local Indonesians, as they consider Kelimutu, the spiritual resting place of their ancestors.
Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) is usually blue and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red respectively. The lake colors vary on a periodic basis. Kelimutu is also of interest to geologists because the three lakes are different colors yet are at the crest of the same volcano.
Kelimutu, the fantastic volcano of Indonesia itself means “the boiling lake” and often visitors can see wreathes of steam rise from the surface of the lakes. According to the geologists, the color variation takes place due to underwater fumaroles. The whole area where the Kelimutu volcano is located, is comprised of a national park on the island of Flores and this fantastic place attracts many visitors.