Gal Vihara (rock temple), is where hard rock softens and amazes one’s mind! No wonder an acclaimed UNESCO world heritage site. This bears testimony to excellent rock carving out of solid granite in Sri Lanka. The four images carved out of a single massive slab bring to life the serene and subtle expressions of the Buddha and graceful flow of the robes. The carvings exemplify the marvelous use of the natural marbling in the rock emphasizing its natural hues. The 7m tall standing Buddha and the 14m long reclining Buddha statues depict entering of parinirvana (nirvana-after-death).