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Address: Watawandana Road, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
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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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Ancient hydraulics

Fascinating example of ancient engineering. The water to fill these tanks was brought for a lake miles away. An ancient type of sluice gate stopped the water long enough to drop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This review is quite late. When visiting the Sacred City of Anuradhapura the Twin Baths will definitely be included in your itinerary. Both ponds were full of garbarge; I wonder if any maintenance is being carried out by the local government. I spent only a couple of minutes taking photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Fascinating example of ancient engineering. The water to fill these tanks was brought for a lake miles away. An ancient type of sluice gate stopped the water long enough to drop suspended sediment before it entered the tanks. Its a shame it is not more carefully tended today. Both tanks have accumulated trash floating on their surfaces, marring what otherwise... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

These "twin" swimming-pool-like ponds are worthy of a quick photo stop. Our guide told us that they were likely used by monks at the monastery attached to Abhayagiri Dagoba.They are not identical, however.

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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I was surprised at how lovely these baths are. Since they're right inside the entrance to the Sacred City, it's worth a quick stop.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Interesting symmetrical structure of historic value; clean, large and worth a visit if on the way. Find out how water is captured and fed into the baths!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We visited this as part of a tour of Anuradhapura with a guide. The engineering involved to fill the baths was impressive, as was the filter to remove sediment as the water flowed in. Simple and ingenious. Worth a 10 minute stop as part of a tour of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

this is nice witness of ancient hydraulic irrigation system .then from the ancient time this all historical sites used as a monasteries .then lot of buddhist monk practiced buddhas reality path from here according to the evidence 5000 monk has lived here at that time so bathing purpose of the monk has been built this 2 ponds according to the... More 

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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

this is amazing product for the monk. a garden was landscaped which separates the long is 19 ft.the larger pool of the two is 132 ft bu 51ft .while the smaller pool is 91ft by 51ft.the depths of the two pools is 14ft and 18ft.i been there with kamal.he explain abiut this place

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Ancient Sinhalese construction meant for Buddhist priests to bathe.Water taken from far away,Other ruins of famous Anuradhapura kingdom are close by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The twin baths have beautiful stone carvings. The engineering is impressive - reminded me of the Romans. They're in great condition. A lovely, peaceful place.

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