Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds)
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Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds) information
These swimming-pool-like ponds were likely used by monks from the monastery attached to Abhayagiri Dagoba. Water entered the larger pond through the mouth of a makara (mythical multispecies beast) and then flowed to the smaller pond through an underground pipe. Note the five-headed cobra figure close to the makara and the water-filter system at the northwestern end of the ponds.
Although they are referred to as twins, the southern pond, which is 28m in length, is smaller than the 40m-long northern pond.