Ende City is the capital of Ende district in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province located on the southern coastal area of Flores Island. Ende is the biggest city in Flores. Many beautiful tourism spots and typical foods you may be able to find in Ende. There's Tiga Warna Lake (three-coloured lake) used to be claimed as one of wonders of the world. There's also simply unique food like fried and boiled onde-onde.
There was a kingdom in Ende with its people called as Lio-Ende. By this kingdom, Ende was used as the central government location until the rebellion known as Watu Api and Mari Longa happened between 1916-1917 led by Nipa Do. Ende was also used as the exile location for the first president of Indonesia, Bung Karno. This exile was done by Netherlands in 1934.
Things to see
Tiga Warna Lake, known also as Kelimutu Lake, is so worldwide famous. This lake is also claimed as one of wonders of the world for having 3 different colors and can be changed anytime. There's Wologai Custom Settlement located in Wologai Tengah village, near to Kelimutu National Park. You can directly see the custom house of Lio tribe and various cultural attractions presented by local people. You can also see the exile house of Bung Karno (the first president of Indonesia) on Perwira Street, a place where Bung Karno was exiled by Netherlands to Ende with his family and spent his time as political custody.
Things to do
You can do some activities like swimming and fishing at Mbu'u Beach, located 5 km away from the central of the city. You can soak yourself in Ae Oka Detusoko Hot Pool. In this pool, the sulfur-water is believed to be able to cure any skin disease. For you who like photography, you can take a picture of the sunset in Ria Ende Beach while enjoying some local foods offeres by local merchants at this beach.
Things to eat
There are many typical foods you can find in Ende. You can try "œikan tongkol asap kuah santan "œ (steamed tuna with coconut-milk broth). This food made of tuna is usually served with coconut-milk broth seasoned with several kinds of spices of Ende. Try also boiled and fried onde-onde. Unlike the onde-onde you might able to find in Java, this onde-onde is made of cassava flour filled with traditional sugar of Ende then fried or boiled and sprinkled with grated coconut. This food is perfectly served with coffee.
Getting to Ende
Flying to Ende: Ende is served by H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport. H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport is located about 3 km east from Ende. A taxi into the city from H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport would cost IDR 40.000. Read more about H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport or look for flights to Ende