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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  • September 22, 2017
    Our guide aims to take photos with the recommended bus 10-15 stood for a minute. There is no entry fee. We're told is about 2000 years history. As Kings bath. This is so great and the solid architecture of old made happen so people are amazed. There are a couple of fish floating in the water greenish.. In the vicinity there are several smaller souvenir-selling kiosks. The prices very reasonable.
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  • September 21, 2017
    Anuradhapura is so extensive and there are so many sites, but this is one of the best. Fantastic stonework and fascinating water engineering.  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Are two huge tanks dug into the rock and used as swimming pools. Nice to see and take a quick tour with photos. But don't hit too long.
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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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