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Address: Anuradhapura, 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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Attractive and inspring

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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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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Sydney
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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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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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Ocean Shores, NSW, Australia
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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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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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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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