Saturday, April 16, 2011

Snapshot Saturday: Elephant Pond

Abhayagiri Giant Pond (also called Elephant Pond) in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

A pond six times the size of an olympic swimming pool, could date back from 1 BC (gasp!) to 11 AD. Used by monks, about 5,000 of them, for their water requirements. Now that's heaps!


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25 comments:

JIM said...
April 23, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Really nice did you coordinate the green top on the young lady with the surroundings lol
http://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/04/egrets-nesting-and-newborns-feeding.html

Chyng said...
April 23, 2011 at 5:52 AM

ano ba yang figure mo, parang di ka nanganak! life is unfair!!! chos! =))

tail end of india pala ang sri lanka.. hhmmm (abang abang ng promo!)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 23, 2011 at 7:08 AM

Jim, that young lady's me! Haha! Thanks for pointing that out, I just realized I blended in :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 23, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Chyng, gow! We bought our KL-Colombo flight for an uber cheap price...

Rizalenio said...
April 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Go green! Love the photo. Happy weekend. I love the new header also. I wish I have a friend as talented as your friend Leo. Haha.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Thanks Lito! Haha... You could befriend him naman. Just give him a concept and he'll work on it :)

Jorie Pacli said...
April 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Sorry Gay, I got distracted with that header of yours... It's really creative and wonderful... Well, elephants do need a huge pond, don't they? They're huge! AHEHEHEHEHE

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Hey Jorie! I am glad the header got you distracted, but in a good way. Hihi.

Nelieta said...
April 24, 2011 at 5:05 AM

It does look beautiful. Why is it called elephant pond?

Jim said...
April 24, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Is that pond still used for holding and supplying water for the city today?
And does sitting water like that ever get toxic algae blooms?
I'm asking because here in New Zealand, some of our water holding ponds get blooms during the hot summer months. But when I travel to Ankor Wat and see their huge man made lakes, and now see this,I have to ask why they do not seem to?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 24, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Hi Nelieta! It's named so because of its gigantic size.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Hey Jim. Nope, it's not used anymore. It's being preserved as a tourist site only.

adventurousfeet said...
April 24, 2011 at 8:45 PM

super love the view! at ang ganda ng mudel!

Con Tour Blog said...
April 24, 2011 at 8:56 PM

hello gay. Same with jorie. I like the new design of your site. Bout the elephant pond, where is the source of the water, if there is any? Just curious lang.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 24, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Haha! CA, "mudel" talaga?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 24, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Hi Bonzenti, yup there is a source. This pond is actually man-made. As described on its marker, underwater conduits used to convey water from reservoirs to this pond. Amazing because this was already utilized in the 1st century BC!

RON said...
April 24, 2011 at 11:54 PM

na excite ako... 2 weeks na lang!!!
post ka pa bilis! (demanding? hahahahha)

Sophie said...
April 25, 2011 at 3:56 AM

Nice! I just wonder, where's the elephant=)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Haha! Ron, I will try. But we're about to leave again for another trip. This time with Luna. Weee!

Ian said...
April 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I love the clear capture especially the reflection of green trees in the pond water as well as your attire color, 'blends well in the pic.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Thanks Ian! Sumakto ang attire :)

Karla Stride said...
April 30, 2011 at 2:01 AM

Saktong sakto talaga outfit mo gurl! I soooo love this image. Super vivid ng kulay. 1st century BC pond. WOW!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 30, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Wow talaga Karla :) Amazing conduits!

Spencer said...
May 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Nice picture. It looks like a great place for a picnic!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Never thought of that Spender, but so true!

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