The Gal Vihara is the most important archeological site within the complex of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom in Polonnnaruwa. Three giant Buddha statues in different postures are cut from one solid piece of granite rock, a masterpiece of art. For those who are not able to make the journey to Polonnaruwa and see the original statues, the Ministry of Cultural affairs has taken the initiative to make an exact replica within a small temple complex in Dehiwala. Copies of all three statues, the reclining Buddha (the longest one), the standing Buddha and the seated Buddha can now also be seen here. The construction was completed recently.


The Gal Vihara Temple is not far from the Dehiwala Zoo and reachable on foot. From the Zoo follow the road southward until you see a signboard on the same side as the Zoo indicating the direction to the Gal Vihara Temple. Follow the Atapattu Road to its end and turn right into the Gal Vihara Road. After a short steep decline of the road you will find the temple on your left hand side.

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