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Address: Watawandana Road, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
Description: Two bathing ponds aligned lengthwise exemplifying the artistic...
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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The baths are mostly intact, unlike other ruined buildings on the site. Worth seeing. But not much to do other than walk around them. There are a few stalls selling tourist tat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds/Pools). The said pair of pools were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura. These are considered one of the significant achievements in the field of hydrological engineering and outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese.A garden was landscaped which separates the two ponds which long... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Two ponds, well conserved, located in the Northern part of the Anuradhapura site. One is 40m length and the smallest 28m.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

There are 2 ponds of average size which were used by the monks for bathing.Having seen a lot of ponds in historical areas with much more stone carvings or much bigger, I did not feel any thing very significant. Place is well maintained and it is interesting to note the way the water was channelised to the pond, filtering out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The baths are mostly intact, unlike other ruined buildings on the site. Worth seeing. But not much to do other than walk around them. There are a few stalls selling tourist tat.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Wonderful architecture and the details on this is amazing. If you are exploring the anuradhapura ruins on a cycle, you will have to go to the interior, it's a little far away from the main gate near the museum. Do not miss it. For more on Sri Lanka, you can check out my detailed blog post: http://ultracoolsolitarywanderer.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/sri-lanka-12-days.html#!/2015/03/sri-lanka-12-days.html

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Comparisons can be odious but as a layman I would venture to suggest that the Romans were more advanced than the Sinhalese. Nonetheless this is a great engineering achievement given that it was built around AD600. It was tranquil and interesting. Worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

These beautifully designed twin pools were serene when we visited in the mid afternoon. There were only two other tourists apart from our group. It was interesting to hear how the original inhabitants developed a water cascading system. This site is in good condition.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

These twin tanks hold a lot of fish and tourists can feed. Kids will enjoy. This is a photo spot. This is one of the few spots in Anuradhapura that does not have an entry fee.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Its a nice piece of architecture which depicts how good the Sri Lankans were back in the day at designing.This is just near all other major monuments and sacred places.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

They call these the twin pools because they sit side by side, but one is larger and has more staircases down in to it. All the same it was a pleasant place to visit and not very busy. Also you can go to the far corner and view the filter system that was used to pour clean water into the... More 

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