Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), Anuradhapura

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#3 of 12 in Nature in North Central Province
Explore Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), the scenic set of bathing ponds built between the 6th and 8th century by monks of Abhayagiri Monastery. Located near the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the pools not only capture the eyes of tourists with their architectural beauty, but also with their functionality. Notice how their position makes them seem identical, even though one outsizes the other by about 12 m (39 ft) in length. Inspect the rotund features called punkala, or "pots of plenty," placed on top of the stairs that lead to the waters. In the last part of the intricate system of filtration, clean water gushes out of the lion's head. Cool off your feet before diving in and marvel at this artistic engineering feat. Put Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) into our Anuradhapura road trip tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Anuradhapura.
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  • There are a number of areas to see within the ancient city. I had a guide who took me on a three hour guided 'highlights tour'. I would suggest doing the same or it will become too much. Look at...  more »
  • This shows off the water engineering skills of the ancient Sri Lanka. There are two ponds here, used as bathing tank by ancient kings and queens. Later, these ponds given to monks and has attached to....  more »
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