Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)
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Two bathing ponds aligned lengthwise exemplifying the artistic achievements in the field of hydraulic engineering in ancient Sri Lanka. They date back to between eight A.D. and Ten A.D.
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
These are well preserved old bathing tanks or ponds in Anuradhapura. They were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient Anuradhapura Kingdom. They form part of the Anhavagirl vihara complex. Eth Pokuna (elephant) is the largest of the bodies of water on the Abhayagiri vihara complex. I had a photo of me standing by he ponds with a snake around my neck and a monkey on my shoulder!
Written 17 November 2023
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Catherine Tsounis
174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The Ottoman Bath was reserved for the Sultan’s harem. Artifacts of a bygone era, the time of Ottomanrule, are shown. Women were segregated from men this was their bathhouse Today they have musical concerts
Written 1 September 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The Twin Ponds (Kuttam Pokuna) are well preserved bathing tanks or ponds in Anuradhapura built by the Sinhalese and form part of the Abhavagri complex. Eth Pokuna (Elephant Pond) is the largest and I have a photo of me with a snake around my neck and monkey on my shoulder
Written 13 August 2023
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Shardha
Colombo, Sri Lanka124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Just let your imagination run wild. You should let this transport you to 2,000 years ago to get impressed by it.
Written 13 January 2023
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Kamal P
Byron Bay, Australia8,068 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Twin ponds is merely not an attractive set of ponds but a place where one can observe ancient water purification and desilting system, sending water column through scientifically designed set of stone containers. Steps give access to water at any level and platforms give access along the perimeter of the pond. Structure is all in stone and polished to give neatness while decorative ornaments adore the beauty of the construction. The floral vases (Pun kalasa) at the entrances to the two ponds differ in design. A five hooded Cobra image on the wall is extremely beautiful.
Written 25 May 2020
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,723 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
These are two pleasant pols of water. Look out for the various birds that come when you are walking around the site. On one site are a range of stalls selling mainly tourist stuff. However, over the road is a shop that sells large bottles of coke at a good price. Good to cool down with on a hot day.
Written 18 March 2020
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is part of the Anuradhapura Ancient City with entrance fee of LKR4,550 per person per entry. Kuttam means twin and Pokuna means pond, so it is literally the twin pond. It was built since Anuradhapura Kingdom as far back to 4th century. It is regarded as one of the significant architecture in terms of hydrological engineering by the Sinhalese. Beautiful and artistic architecture with peaceful surroundings. Fishes can be sighted in the ponds too. It is essential to hire a driver service while visiting Anuradhapura site since the attractions are located pretty far from one another. Nice place to stop over for 15-20 mins visit.
Written 9 March 2020
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Prasanna M
Rowville, Australia235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
This has been built by great Sri Lankan kings. It's made of two similar swimming pools.
One pool is slightly smaller than the other. They are made out of granite. around the pools you could see a granite wall with Ancient Sri Lankan carvings.
There's a belief that ancient Sri Lankan stone masons had a technology to soften the Granite.
Written 7 February 2020
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Albia-Newton
Evanton, UK4,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very scenic pair of ancient tanks. Part of the sacred city and included in the ticket price for that area
Written 6 February 2020
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Film G
New England1,053 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
There are twin baths right next to each other. This is the only place you’ll find such a juxtaposition. That’s it.
Written 3 February 2020
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