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Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

Watawandana Road, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
+94 77 384 9429
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An amazing design

These two bathing ponds were filled by guiding water into a pool, the sediment would have sunk... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
crazymaddancer
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Kuutam Pokuna the Pair of Pools were Built by the Sinhalese in the Ancient Kingdom of Anuradhapura.

The twin bath is located a little away from the other main tourist spots of Anuradhapura. But is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Titus D
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Sri Lanka
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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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Watawandana Road, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 4 days ago

These two bathing ponds were filled by guiding water into a pool, the sediment would have sunk alowing the clean water to overflow and into a pipe. The water then came out of a lion-s head spout into the bath. Apparently, the King and others...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The twin bath is located a little away from the other main tourist spots of Anuradhapura. But is a beautiful place to go. It's filled up with water during the rainy time which gives a fantastic sight. This pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We think technology is for modern man, but those who lived in the past were much wiser than we give credit for. This huge man made tank (dam) supplies water into the bath area through a system of water & drainage channels. The baths are...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is also one of the must sees of Anuradhapuras ancient city. Its location is near many of the other sites, so its worth going by bike. A wonderful historical site. Best to go in the morning or late afternoon, as it gets very hot...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

It is a part of UNESCO world heritage site of Anuradhapura. It is a masterpiece of ancient advanced technology built by Sinhales. It was used by monks for bathing. Underground inlets & outlets for water. There are 2 tanks. Larger one is 132'length,51'breadth,18'depth. Smaller is...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

The twin baths are certainly an impressive piece of craftsmanship build in stone and filled by an ingenious draining system providing water to the whole are during the rainy season.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

These ponds were - just like some others - contructed in a specific way and include a few details (cobra, turtle and other ornaments). It included a water filter system and underground connections at a time when such things were unknown in Europe.

Thank EuropeanDiversity
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

These ponds are in really good condition and are separated by a raised walkway. The pools are connected underground. On the 2nd smaller pond at the rear is a carved 5 headed snake as well as a lion ( I believe this was a water...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Twin ritual baths built in the 8th century. Worth a look because of their scale. There are a few stalls on one side selling fruit, drinks and tourist trinkets. The toilets here should be avoided at all costs!

Thank Conrad N
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

These two pools were used by the monks - the seniors in one, where it seems they just sat at the edge, while or the "juniors" the other pool offered immersion and bathing. The fact that these pools existed is down to some amazing old...More

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