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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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Quite impressive

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

In lovely condition evidently the Queen entered from the far end pond and the King nearer the road ornate reliefs at either end some local souvenir and drink stalls around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Kuttam Pokuna or twin baths are one of our favourite features of the many historic sites in Anuradhapura. The two pools were constructed by the Sinhalese for bathing purposes and are an outstanding achievement in terms of hydrological engineering of the time. Not only are they of archaeological and scientific interest but they are also a wonderful artistic feature.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It is very good to have water space in a monastery complex, it is a solid stone building, but not a beauty.

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