Linow Lake

Lake Linow: The Three-Color Wonder of Tomohon

Bicara Fakta – Tomohon’s topography, flanked by the Lokon and Mahawu mountains, creates a cool and refreshing atmosphere in the area. Its beautiful natural scenery is a breathtaking display of mountains and hills. Flowers grow abundantly in the region, earning Tomohon the title “City of a Thousand Flowers”. One of the area’s most prominent tourist attractions is Lake Linow, a stunning lake that showcases three colors of beauty.

Located 30 km from Manado, Lake Linow can be reached by traveling 3 km west of Tomohon, which takes about an hour. During the journey, you can take in the lush greenery of hills and trees. The still-active Mount Lokon is also visible and adds to the beauty of the surrounding panorama. With its nearly perfect triangular shape, the mountain is a visual feast of lush greenery.

The aroma of rotten eggs hits you as soon as you enter the Lake Linow area. This scent originates from the sulfur that permeates the surrounding area. Legend has it that this sulfur is a remnant of Mount Mahawu’s eruption hundreds of years ago.

The term “Linow” originates from the Minahasa language, which means “the gathering place for water”. In this lake, visitors can witness the water’s color changing to hues of green, blue, and yellow-brown. These color changes occur due to the sulfur deposits that have accumulated in the lake and the refraction and reflection of sunlight.

The best time to visit Lake Linow is in the morning when the air is still fresh and clean. This is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the lake. The serene and calming environment is an added bonus to the already stunning views. Additionally, the weather around the lake is cool and refreshing, making it an ideal place to escape the heat.

Visitors can take a walk around the lake’s edge, but swimming is not recommended due to the high sulfur content. Exposure to sulfur can cause serious injuries and have fatal consequences.

Visiting Lake Linow is a delightful experience that should not be missed. Taking in the natural beauty of the lake and capturing it in photographs is a memory that will last a lifetime. The tranquility and beauty of Lake Linow are truly unforgettable.