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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  • The two basins (not so twins than that: one is a little bigger!) are very nice and well preserved. A Council, take you bike is easy to do and very friendly dish. Julste next to the bathroom stop drinking royal coconut water (nuts are orange). Delicious and cheap. If you ask, some vendors have put coconuts in the refrigerator it's even better!
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  • Not really spectacular. You can have a look when you are driving by anyways, but I wouldn't go there just for this...  more »
  • 据说是具有净水功能的双水池塘,一个池塘的水通过兽嘴传导过另外一个池塘。建筑非常精美,里面池塘的五头naga蛇像非常精美。  more »
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  • One of the best specimen of bathing tanks or pools in ancient Sri Lanka is the pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna. The said pair of pools were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura
  • The twin ponds are said to have been made to be used by the monks. However I have to disagree since the ponds are ornated with the Punkalasas and murals of dancing women are at the bottom of the ponds. Thus I feel our kings would not offer such a pond to the Sangha (monks). Further there is no reason to build two ponds is different sizes if they were for the monks. Rather I feel these ponds were for the king and the nobel families and guests of the Royal family. The two ponds larger being for the males and smaller for the females. Another much unnoticed fact is the punkalasas of the lager pond has a slight variation from the other, in that the lager ponds punkalasas have somewhat a indication of overflow whereas the smaller pond's punkalasas do not seem to have that. Therefor it is my opinion that the punkalasa with the overflow in the larger pond was for the men and the other for the women. (I stand to be corrected) Then again thinking rationaly, were these for bathing in the first place? So so deep unless used by giants or for a different pourpose alltogether. I have to fully agree with Hans Damen's review about the cleanliness of the ponds. It is a national shame that our cultural monuments are left to rot in this manner. However the local authorities charge a massive amount from the forign visitors. Is this money put to proper use? We visited the Ranmasu Uyana in the same tour. The condition is deplorable. The water is green with algae and the ground is litered with leftover food packs. We did not even see any garbage bins around.
  • Come on, little boring isn't it? Just 2 ponds used by monks. Oke, its old stuff but #7 by "what to do" on TripAdvisor is too high. I'd make a photo for you!
  • “What you don't see is interesting” Allthough the twin baths are interesting, it's much more amazing to relase they made these intricate waterworks so many centuries ago. And could you please use some of the massive entree fees(US$ 25) to Anuradhapura historical site to clean up all the litter. Would show as much respect for these sites as taking of your shoes
  • One of the best specimen of bathing tanks or pools in ancient Sri Lanka is the pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds/Pools). The said pair of pools were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura. These are considered one of the significant achievements in the field of hydrological engineering and outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese.