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. 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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  • These pools are interesting because of their engineering. It never ceases to amaze me what people come up with to manage their access to water. Especially in parts of the world where it is in abundanc...  more »
  • Went here during our tour and found the site very interesting. The construction of the first pool was impressive but the requirement for a second one seems amazing in this day and age.  more »
  • It won't be the most exciting historical monument that will find in Anuradhapura but worth the visit and try to understand the historic symbolism associated with. Too bad when we visited the space was a little dirty and with very little water.
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