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Gal Vihara

Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
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Much more than just a rock face!

This is a really impressive rock temple and I'm very glad we visited. The Buddhas carved into the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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this place shows how our Lankan kings developed by making several statues and other beautiful lad... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a really impressive rock temple and I'm very glad we visited. The Buddhas carved into the granite rock face are a stunning example of ancient craftsmanship. The site is popular and does get quite busy, so would advise avoiding peak times.

Thank KateandStew
Reviewed 3 days ago

this place shows how our Lankan kings developed by making several statues and other beautiful lad marks and worship places

Thank wolfwanigasuriya
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is one of the tourist places in Polonnaruwa old city. Gal Vihara is the most popular one. If you are in Polonnaruwa don't miss this!

Thank Kazi R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is part of the overall Polonnaruva site. It is a spiritual place, so follow the rules as above and no posing with the Budha's.If visiting the main site do not miss this area.

1  Thank Tricky273
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gal vihara is the highlight of the Polonnaruwa visit, best to visit in the morning as the sun comes behind the statues in the afternoon. Despite the ugly sunroof, it is a must do.

Thank Daniel19721972
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was probably my favourite ancient site to visit in Polonnaruwa. Apart from the amazing craftswork, the place is quite nice. Be careful not to take selfies turning your back to the figures.

1  Thank Minoli S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gal viharaya is most attracted place situated within the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. You can have a amazing view if you visit there during night.

Thank vinuka2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A spiritual location with some beautiful and ancient Buddhist sculptures. Need to remove shoes and cover up. Monkeys plentiful and a bit pesky. Very hot and dry in July

Thank Persephone121
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is surprising to see how the statues being carved on a rough rock and given such a peaceful and soft finishing. A must-visit at polonnaruwa archaeological site.

Thank DURAN85
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First saw this 25 years ago and after several repeat visits the magic is still there for me. The reclining Buddha is just astounding. I think it is the stone itself which makes it so beautiful. Not so keen on the canopy they have erected...More

1  Thank JJOH
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