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Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond

Mihintale, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
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Lovely, quiet location

This is a small but beautiful place. The lake is man made and is surrounded by large boulders and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SunnyandBuster
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Seattle, Washington
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Great place to visit

This place is known as "Kalu Diya Pokuna" in Sinhalese and means a black water pond. This is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pathum T
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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2 weeks ago
“Lovely, quiet location”
3 weeks ago
“Great place to visit”
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Mihintale, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small but beautiful place. The lake is man made and is surrounded by large boulders and small archaeology sites that while currently occupied date back 1500 years. The monks live up the hill and meditate in the caves. There is no need...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is known as "Kalu Diya Pokuna" in Sinhalese and means a black water pond. This is situated in Central Province of Sri Lanka nearby the sacred Buddhist temple, Mihinthale. The surrounded area is known as "Thapo Wanaya" in Sinhalese which means a name...More

Thank Pathum T
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

First impressions weren’t great, with low water and a lot of moss (and it’s clearly a reservoir rather than “natural”) but it turned out to be a beautiful and quiet spot with the attractive reservoir surrounded by ruins. You can take a leisurely walk around...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

This hidden gem of a place should be visited by all those who are interested in organic architecture and landscape. It is such a tranquil place. Not many visitors go there because they are distracted by more famous places in the locality.

1  Thank LSR60
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

There is very little to see from the road so many people pass this place by without even knowing it's there. We stopped off around lunch time and found a group of about four young men bathing but otherwise we had the place to ourselves....More

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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We visited Black Water Lake with our Tuk Tuk driver enroute to climb Mihintale. He told us it was a special Buddhist location and we would like it. He was not wrong, it is an absolute gem. You need to go at the right time...More

2  Thank Loulou96
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Outside of the bitten track lies this very nice ancient ruins. Situated in the jungle, monkeys and birds all around, almost not a visitor, makes you feel how Anuradhapura erea looks before it was dominated by tourist. A steep small trail leads to the caves...More

3  Thank urony
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

Kaludiya Pokuna (Pond of Black Water) About 12 km from main city of Anuradhapura, (an important historical city 200 km north of capital Colombo in Sri Lanka) there is a beautiful suburban town called Mihintale, renowned for most sacred temple known as “Mihintale Temple” which...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2016

When we visited there was an abandoned puppy we found there. We actually took her to the vet and gave some worming and lice treatment to the puppy but no one could give her a home so they made us put her back at Black...More

Thank ktfin
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

We really loved this peaceful place outside Anuradhapura. Beautifully kept. Cool with all the trees. Lots of playful little monkees.

Thank edwardgarfield
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