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LESSER SUNDA ISLANDS
Lesser Sunda Islands or Nusa Tenggara are group of islands from ranging from eastwards of Bali to east. Nusa Tenggara is a sprinkling of 566 islands with Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba, Timor, Alor, Barat Daya Islands, and Tanimbar as its main islands. In contrast to Bali's lush profile, these islands have rugged landscapes of either dark, rich volcanic soils or harsh limestone outcrops. Together they account for 4% of Indonesia's total land, with 40 volcanoes, 25 of which are still active creating a distinctive seasonal dry forests harbor of unique species, including the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world, and seventeen bird species found nowhere else on Earth. Largely missed by the historical mainstream changes in Indonesia at least 50 distinct groups of people in Nusa Tenggara still speak their indigenous tongues. Cultural and religious events are fraught with animist rites and ancestral worship. Other fascinations include the three stark crater lakes of Mt. Kelimutu, which bear stunningly different colors, changing with the light of day.