Cave of Vijjadharas – © Depictaè

Gal Vihara or stone temple, Buddhist Temple at UNESCO World Heritage Site at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. It is the most perfect specimen of Buddha statue hewn out of solid stone. Gal Viharaya, are a series of stone sculptures of Buddha which were created during the reign of Sinhalese king Parakrama Bahu (1153–1186) in the city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka.

Cave of Standing Buddha – © Depictaè
Cave of Reclining Buddha – © Depictaè

Today, Gal Viharaya at Polonnaruwa is the large site is hugely popular with tourists and Buddhist worshippers alike. The Gal Vihara statues are contained within an unsightly metal structure, but are still well worth seeing due to their historical importance and detailed craftsmanship.

It is also recommended that you take a guide around the whole site of Polonnaruwa, as there are many stunning sites to see which require detailed explanation.

Appropriate clothing is expected, and no shoes are allowed to be worn at the site.