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Gal Vihara

Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
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This is the jewel in Polonnaruwa's impressive religious/historical crown! The statues are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Apperley Bridge, United Kingdom
Excuisite Stone Statues of Lord Buddha

You have to walk about 500 meters from the vehicle park to the Gal Viharaya. There are three... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amila Dananjaya D
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the jewel in Polonnaruwa's impressive religious/historical crown! The statues are incredibly impressive to have been carved out of the rock and it is quite staggering how well maintained they are. Having been recently cleaned they look almost brand news, not hundreds of years...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to walk about 500 meters from the vehicle park to the Gal Viharaya. There are three statues of Lord Buddha and recently they have constructed a roof to protect the statues. Higher roof would have been better but glad to see some presevation...More

Thank Amila Dananjaya D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Beautiful ancient temple located at the heart of Pollonaruwa.Must see place in the town. Good work from old kings

Thank GayanWeerasoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sculptures on the rocks shows the great craftsmanship of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is interesting to hear the stories about how those sculptures were rescued and prevented by even the animals of those days.

Thank gaminisiriwardena
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the most visited area of the archaeological area, with many locals offering flowers to the Buddhas. Bring a pair of socks if you plan to visit between 9h30 and 16h30 during the dry season (April, i. e.)!!

Thank 855fabiano855
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to polonnaruwa after sometime and really impressed with the management of ruins there. The location is well managed with all basic facilities and given different transportation options as well.

Thank Sudara M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is beautiful. You do not need long here and you must take off your shoes. The Buddhas carvings are amazing. How can they create something like that out of the rock. It looks really effective.

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable. If you can admire ancient ruins. This is thoroughly enjoyable. Get a bike go for a pedal, take a picnic (watch out for monkeys) enjoy several hours here.

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Certainly in our view a must see. These Buddha carvings are huge and meaningful. You can get quite close with no shoes and knees covered. No selfies. One lady tried to do a selfie of a Buddha and her. Police rushed over. She had to...More

1  Thank Angleseateam
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

If you are a Sri Lankan you should really feel proud of this place. Amazing site. The best would be to have the background history knowledge and visiting this place.

Thank Kenneth S
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Bonjour , Nous venons au mois d'août pour 15 jours et sommes à la recherche d'un guide parlant le français pour organiser trois où quatre journées d'excursion reprenant le National Park of Yala, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradahpuna, Kandy and Negombo for the Dutch canal. En vous remerciant d'avance pour toute proposition Pascal Bonjour, Pascal. Que voudriez-vous savoir sur cette attraction ?
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