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Kelimutu National Park: A Brief Guide to Visiting Nusa Tenggara’s Must-Visit Place

Kelimutu National Park is a must-visit tourist destination when you travel to Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Here, you can find the famous Mount Kelimutu, the main tourist attraction, where the three volcanic lakes are naturally carved at the top. The mineral lakes will change color following the change of light, which makes it really popular. From time to time, the lakes change their color completely—there’s a table of what color they were for every year going back 20 years in the national park.

Even so, the Mount Kelimutu lakes are not the only attraction the Park offers to its visitors to see. There is an official feeding ground you can find on the way down the volcano where you can go to feed the wild monkeys. Even so, you have to be really careful since those monkeys are sneaky buggers—after all, there’s always a risk of getting scratches or bites when you’re interacting with wild animals! And to get you unwind; visit the hot springs near the entrance of the Park. For a picnic, go to the waterfall.

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You don’t need to worry too much about accommodation since it’s plentiful. Your hotel may arrange transport for you too in the public cars. However, you’ll have to pay the price of a full route although you’ll get on only in Kelimutu. Hence, to reach Kelimutu, it will be cheaper to flag a bus or car in Kelimutu once you’re ready, although this also comes with some downsides too—it might take a longer time and only a little to no guarantee that the car would arrive on time.

Getting around Kelimutu, you can use ojek or rent a motorbike. The cars that are licensed to carry the public transport passengers are those with yellow-colored plates and will let you on anywhere you stop them. Alternatively, you can hike down to Ende from Kelimutu on foot, which isn’t so difficult considering how the hike goes down and the light forest. Plan carefully and make many memorable moments during your Kelimutu tour!