Kelimutu National Park
The smallest national park
Kelimutu National Park is situated in Ende, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara. Covering a region of approximately 5,000 hectares, Kelimutu is the smallest of the six national parks on Bali and the Nusa Tenggara islands.
Hills and mountains
Kelimutu National Park consists of hills and mountains. The highest peak is Mt Kelibara, with a height of 1,731m. Mt Kelimutu, a volcano, stands at 1,690m.
Start from Moni
To explore Kelimutu, youcan start from Moni, the closest town to the national park, approximately 15km away. Moni is situated at the foot of Mt Kelimutu.
Flora and fauna treasures
Kelimutu National Park is home to various flora and fauna. Some of them are endemic to Kelimutu. The endemic flora are uta onga (Begonia kelimutuensis), arngoni (Vaccinium varingiaefolium) and turuwara (Rhondodenron renschianum). Meanwhile, the endemic fauna are gerugiwa birds (Monarcha sp), Hainald’s rat (Rattus hainaldi), montane rat (Bunomys naso), deke (Papagomys armandvillei) and wawi ndua (Sus heureni).
The Kelimutu Lakes, also known as the Three-Coloured Lakes, are the main tourist attraction in Kelimutu National Park. The three crater lakes change their colours often. Sometimes the colours are blue, green and black. Other times they turn to white, red and blue. It is believed that the colour changes are triggered by volcanic gas activity.
The best time to visit
Can’t wait to visit KelimutuNational Park? The best time to visit is during the dry season. Make sure you visit the lakes at sunrise to get the most beautiful and dramatic view.