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World's Largest Lotus Lake in Indonesia

Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is famous for its various lakes. There are three color lakes Flores in Ende, there is an active volcanic lake as the Lake Sano Nggoang. There is even a lake Ranamese included in the Nature Park (TWA) Ruteng is located on the roadside Transflores Borong-Ruteng.

Furthermore, there is a lake in the village Pota, District Sambirampas, East Manggarai district that is very different from the other lakes. The lake is Lake Rana Tonjong which is a lake lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) giant the second largest in the world after a similar lake in India.

In the dialect of East Manggarai, 'shutter' means lake and 'Tonjong' means lotus. The lake is already hundreds of years old. Around the lake there are rice fields belonging to the community Pota. In fact, this lotus flower can bloom depends on water coming into the lake.

This lake has an area of ​​2.5 hectares, which is always blooming in April-June every year. Even lotus seeds can be eaten by local people for curing various diseases. The protein content of lotus seed is very high. Residents around the lake is derived from Village residents Pota always take the fruit to be eaten even school children also eat fruit lotus.

The foreign and domestic tourists already know the month of blossoming lotus so that every year they visit Pota to see the uniqueness and beauty of the lotus second largest in the world. They usually come from Labuan Bajo or come from Maumere carried by guides on the island of Flores.


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