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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
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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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42 helpful votes 42 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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116 helpful votes 116 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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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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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It seems odd that each site within Anaradhupura has it's own review here. As this was my favourite part of Anaradhupura I thought I would allocate my review to the Kuttampokuna (twin baths). The quietness of the baths, amazing intricate nature of their design and proxinity to a very good and inexpensive small place to eat draws me to them.... More

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pyrenees orientales, france
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

They are really beautiful, not exactly the same size, even if called twin pools. Nowadays I wouldn't put a foot in, the water doesn't look clean enough for an European. But you can imagine how it must have been.

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New Delhi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

What strikes out is these twin ponds are ancient. The multi-headed naag at the end of one of them impressive and really hard to photograph. There is an interesting system of silt chambers to collect all silt from the water before it enters the ponds

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