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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous museums in Kodiakanal?

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The entire state of Tamil nadu is laden with numerous museums. Kodaikanal being one of the most popular hill stations in the state also features museums to woo interests of the visitors and the localites. Two most important museums in the city includes the Shenbaganur Museum and the Solar Observatorythat is thronged with visitors.

  • Shenbaganur Museum: Established in the year 1895, Shenbaganur Museum is also famously known as the Flora and Fauna Museum in Kodaikanal and is often visited by Botanists coming from all across India and outside. The place is a brilliant educational site that is maintained by the Sacred Heart College. Sheltering an orchidarium with a collection of over 300 species of exotic orchids found in local areas of the city, this place is an ideal site for excursions.

    Besides, the museum also feature a wide variety of flora and fauna and a huge preservation of fossils. The Museum stays open daily from 10 to 11.30 am and again 3 to 5 pm.

  • Solar Observatory: The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory erstwhile Solar Physics Observatory is a part of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. This is another very important educational site in the city that draws mostly interested students, academicians and physicists. The observatory boasts of a 20 cm refractor that is used for cometary and occultation observations and an Astronomy Museum that exhibits pictures with live solar image and Fraunhofer spectrum. The place also features a library that has a vast collection of books on astronomical literature, Solar and Solar Terrestrial Physics.

We just woke up the explorer in you, didn’t we? Well, if you are done exploring these, do check out the culture and history of the city with these amazing tourist destinations in Kodaikanal

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