Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), Anuradhapura

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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. To visit Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) on your holiday in Anuradhapura, and find out what else Anuradhapura has to offer, use our Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner.
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  • Though this place is of historical importance but has not been well maintained. No description of the historical importance is available at the site. The water in the tanks is very dirty and should be...  more »
  • Great place to visit. Just to appreciate how they could have constructed these so well, so long ago. Full of vile green water now - but did have fish and a turtle swimming in it (amongst the other rub...  more »
  • This place made a change from visiting all of the stupas in Anuradhapura and was interesting to see. I imagine it was more impressive in its day, with an advanced system for cleaning the water to allo...  more »