Be intrigued by Kelimutu National Park’s main attraction, the tri-coloured crater lakes, known not only for its picture-perfect beauty but for the mystery surrounding it — the lakes have consistently changed colours and locals believe this is because of the neglected ancestral souls. Apart from the mysterious lakes, tourists can also go on a hike along trails of forests, rice fields, and hills, soak in hot springs, admire traditional architecture, or learn more about the people’s culture through dance and musical performances. The place attracts thousands of tourists each year thanks to its rich biodiversity, and interesting heritage.
Kelimutu National Park is located at East Nusa Tenggara.
Opening Days and Hours
Park is open daily from 5:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the park costs IDR 20,000 (USD 1.5) and an additional IDR 50,000 (USD 3.5) if you’re bringing a camera.
How to Get There
- Fly from Denpasar to Maumere and Ende.
- From Ende, board on a public car or take bemos or buses to Kelimutu National Park.
- If coming from Maumere, you can access the park via a 3-4 hour bus ride.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
- Families with kids
Time to Spend
Spend at least 3 to 5 hours in the area.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Best time to visit Kelimutu National Park is between April and September, the dry months in Indonesia.
- Soaking in hot springs
- Lake Viewing
Several restaurants in the area like Rainbow Cafe, Bintang Cafe and Restaurant, and Chenty Restaurant and cafe serve Indonesian and Western dishes to visitors. Warungs are also available.
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Find accommodations from nearby homestays and inns such as Arwanty Bungalow, Bintang Lodge by Tobias, Watugana, Maria Inn, and Flores Sare. Rates start from USD 50 to USD 100.