15 Kiri Vihara is just ahead of Lankatilaka. The milk-white shrine was named Kiri Vehera (Sinhala: Milk coloured stupa) for its exterior of gleaming white.
This large stupa, lying north of Lankathilaka is said to be built by a queen of king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) called “Subadra”. The original name of this has been “Rupavathi Stupa”. This stupa is also the second biggest stupa in Polonnaruwa today. Also it is the only stupa to survive the 900 years of forces of nature and still is in the original condition.
There are many restored smaller stupas around Kiri Vehera. These have been identified as burial chambers of high priests and royals. Many of these including Kiri Vehera stupa have been attacked by treasure hunters and their valuables were ransacked.
After the Kiri Vihara Stupa, left for Gal Vihara on foot.
Walking about five minutes from the Lankatilaka Vihara, it got to the Gal Vihara.
13 Gal Vihara (also known as the Uttararama) is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. It was built by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.
Main characteristic of the temple is four images of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granite rock.
The altar was carved out of the granite rock and set in the artificial cave.
These four images are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts, and have made the Gal Vihara the most visited monument at Polonnaruwa.