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Reviewed 27 February 2023

The Gal Vihara, and originally as the Uttararama, is a rock temple of the Buddha. It was fashioned in the 12th century by Parakramabahu I.
The central feature of the temple is four rock relief statues of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granitic (granite gneiss) rock.
These are some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts and have made the Gal Vihara the most visited monument at Polonnaruwa.

Date of experience: August 2022
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Reviewed 19 November 2022 via mobile

. Walk among the scattered walls of this World Heritage Site, dotted with stupas, resting Buddha statues. The image of a Buddha at rest is meant to convey a message of tranquilly.

Date of experience: November 2022
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Reviewed 12 October 2022 via mobile

Ancient well preserved statues of Lord Buddha in the second significant ancient capital of Sri Lanka.
The statues of Lord Buddha exquisitely carved in granite are awe inspiring.
Considered as a sacred temple by many bhuddists, the temple is a must visit while in pulanaruva.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country to visit not only for the many tourist attractions but also by the genuine warmth of the people.

A beautiful place to meditate and contemplate.

Date of experience: September 2022
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Reviewed 27 February 2022 via mobile

The statues and the craftsmanship is amazing. The w big statues carved into the rocks are just amazing.

There is a fair amount of history here to do with the religion. But as with everything for a better and deeper understanding I would highly advise a trusted guide - dont pick up one of the local ones in the area we have heard bad rumours from police and our guide about them.

Date of experience: February 2022
Thank 165eriki
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Reviewed 11 October 2021 via mobile

Our guide advised that this was his favourite site in Polonnaruwa and I would not disagree with him. Beautifully carved Buddha statutes in a very pleasant setting, which additionally was very tranquil at the time of our visit. I would imagine not always the case.

Date of experience: October 2021
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