Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), Anuradhapura

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#3 of 10 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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  • It's a must to see as part of the tour around this place. Stop and absorb it all. Pretty cool taking pics at the bottom of the steps when there is no water in there... Definitely worth the trip  more »
  • Particular, can be found close to. It is a large area where you can spend all day, where you can read the stories of how it used to be out there. Well where to to go.
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  • Yet another hydro-logic engineering marvels of the ancient Sri Lanka. A must visit site within the ruins of the sacred city. However I believe the responsible parties should pay more attention to pres...  more »

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Hotels and guesthouses lie scattered around Anuradhapura, and accommodations tend to concentrate in a green neighborhood between the main street and Nuwara Wewa irrigation tank. Mid-range hotels near the tank also have swimming pools. Budget travelers should explore the numerous family-run guesthouses, where you can negotiate the price. You can always accept the offer by your rickshaw driver for a basic room at a reasonable rate.
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