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Kelimutu Lake, Ende, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. TEMPO/Arif Fadillah
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Hunting for Sunrise at Tri-Colored Lakes of Mount Kelimutu  

TEMPO.CO, Ende - The three-colored Kelimutu lakes in Flores are arguably well-known among tourists. But visiting the exotic site during a sunrise will be a special experience.

The Kelimutu lakes are best enjoyed at its peak in the morning. Visitors must walk through a 300 staircase to reach the peak of the Kelimutu’s caldera at 1,639 meters upwards.

Evelyn, a tourist from Swiss, said that she departed from the city of Ende at 03:00 a.m. Theoretically, it would need roughly one and a half hour to reach the Kelimutu’s caldera.

Kelimutu lakes, Ende, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. ANTARA/Nyoman Budhiana.

“This is my first visit here, the beauty is mesmerizing,” she said Wednesday, Oct. 4, when Tempo met her at the altitude of 1,345 meters above sea level, where she decided not to continue her journey to the top.

“I can only manage to reach this altitude. I’m unable to continue my journey,” she said. However, Evelyn said that she could already experience the magnet of the tri-colored lakes at her position. The panoramic view in its vicinity caught her off-guard, she said.

Foreign tourists are watching sunrise at the Kelimutu lakes, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. October 12, 2016. TEMPO/Subekti

Arif, a domestic tourist from Surabaya, East Java, said that he arrived at Kelimutu for his second time with his whole family. “It was noon the last time I came here, I wasn’t fortunate enough to enjoy the beauty of the sunrise,” said Arif.

However, he said that he was satisfied with his journey even though he was not lucky enough to witness discoloration of the Kelimutu lakes.

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