Discover the fascinating 12th-century rock temple of the Buddha at Gal Vihara. The temple houses four beautiful statues of the Buddha, all carved from the same, single piece of granite. Admire the statues, which demonstrate some of the finest examples of Sinhalese rock carving. Wander around the temple and admire the standing Buddha, which measures 7m (23 ft) in height. However, unique features on this statue have led to heavy speculation that it could depict not the Buddha, but in fact one of his disciples, Ananda. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings as you appreciate the three other statues in the temple; the seated Buddha, the reclining Buddha, and Vidyhadhara Guha. Shoes are forbidden within the site, so bring some socks to walk across the sometimes hot ground. Arrange to visit Gal Vihara and other attractions in Polonnaruwa using our Polonnaruwa trip maker site .
Tours to Gal Vihara
4 Days Tour To Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla & Polonnaruwa From Colombo BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $35
Duration: 4 days
DAY EXCURSION TO ANCIENT CITY POLONNARUWA FROM COLOMBO BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $22
Duration: 12 to 14 hours
Gal Vihara Reviews
This is about a five minute walk from the parking lot. The Buddha's carved into the stone are worth the walk. Be careful when taking a picture standing in front, not to have your back to the Buddha (s... more »
Meiner Meinung nach lohnt sich nur die letzte Station mit den in Sandstein gehauenen Buddhastatuen. Die anderen Stationen in Polonnaruwa sind jetzt nicht umbedingt ein Muss. more »In my opinion, only the last stop with the Buddharemoves carved in sandstone is worthwhile. The other stations in Polonnaruwa are not a must.
"gal wiharaya" has four load Buddha's statues peaceful place when haven't much pilgrims .most of pilgrims are visit here. Wow how ancestors build this .
Gal viharaya is a one of major place in Polonnaruwa. There are Buddha's statues made of stones. It is a very peaceful place for your mind.
Places to stay near Gal Vihara
Plan your trip to Polonnaruwa
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Polonnaruwa
Hidden gems in Polonnaruwa
Historic Sites in Polonnaruwa
Nearby attractions in Polonnaruwa
Plans to Gal Vihara by other users
16 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Polonnaruwa BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA December, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA October, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Sabaragamuwa Province & Sigiriya BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA September, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium