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Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #8 of 21 Attractions in Anuradhapura
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: Two bathing ponds aligned lengthwise exemplifying the artistic achievements in the field of...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: Two bathing ponds aligned lengthwise exemplifying the artistic achievements in the field of hydraulic engineering in ancient Sri Lanka. They date back to between eight A.D. and Ten A.D.
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Ocean Shores, NSW, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The beautifully built stone baths were supposedly for monks to bathe in. Stop here for 10 minutes on a tour of the anuradhapura sights. You can buy cold drinks nearby. Boy it gets hot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Along with many other sites locally, and there are a great many, these are superb examples of ancient Sinhalese architecture and aqua engineering. This was a very advanced and sophisticated civilization and these two beautiful granite faced pools are yet more evidence of that, as well as being very photogenic.

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Sydney, Australia
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74 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Despite being green and poorly maintained, these enormous baths were apparently built to act as a laundry for the many hundreds of monks living nearby. Our guide advised us that they were definitely not built for the pleasures of swimming as fun and recreation was denied the monks . Pity, really - they look well worth a cooling dip...

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Adelaide
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27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Like most things on the Anuradhapura circuit, by themselves they are fairly boring, but adding the total of all sights makes it worth the trip. Yeah, the baths are old, but they have rubbish in them and basically are a stepped swimming pool with stagnant water.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It is believed that these to beautiful ponds were bulit for the use of the Buddhist monks. Although they are called twin ponds, the two ponds are not identical. A great example for the advanced architectural knowledge of the ancient Sinhalese.

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

This is one place ancient splendour still remains intact in Anuradhapura. Most places of worship has been restored with out preserving its archeological value intact. One would wonder among such restorations and will be lost at new construction has taken prominence over intended object. This place and several other places which are not places of worship has escaped the wrath... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Included in the general entrance fee for Anuradhapura city complex this is an interesting short attraction visit. You will only take a few minutes to view this pair of bathing pools and marvel at the sophistication in engineering achieved over 2000 years ago. A number of market stalls adjacent and one or two beggars in the area. Public toilets (rare... More 

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Canada de Calatrava, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Far away from the city,no buses on that route,tuk tuk are very expensive.............................................

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Nairobi
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

well because it was part of the tour we went here but it was nothing so exciting about this place.. if you have time then visit..

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The baths are beautifully built and the history including how water was supplied to them is fascinating. The monks used them to bath in but other people weren't allowed to swim there.

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