Kodaikanal Solar Observatory in Kodaikanal
Comprehend the celestial phenomena at the Solar Observatory
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About Kodaikanal Solar Observatory in Kodaikanal
Those who are fascinated by stars and astronomy, the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, also known as Kodaikanal Observatory is the place to visit. Initially known as Solar Physics Observatory, this is owned and operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. The observatory was set up in 1899 by shifting the activities of a similar observatory in Chennai to this site. As Kodaikanal Observatory is perched in Kodaikanal at a high altitude, the celestial objects can be observed without the city lights disturbing the assessment and readings.
This solar observatory in India has a well-equipped laboratory, where cutting edge research work is done. In this lab, equipment of immense importance are kept such as high frequency Doppler, a Watson magnetometer, solar tunnel telescope, a broadband seismograph, and a 20 cm refractor. Through the refractor, comet observations and significant occultation are made, and at times, it is also provided to the visitors for observing the night sky.
Dedicated almost entirely to the study of solar phenomena, observations began here from 1901. The most noteworthy accomplishment of the Observatory in Kodaikanal is the discovery of the Evershed Effect (the phenomenon of radial motion in sunspots), which was detected in 1909 by John Evershed - the then Observatory’s Director.
The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory museum displays solar models and pictures. The live solar image and Fraunhofer spectrum – visible colorful spectrum of the sun is the major attraction of the museum. A library is also housed in this observatory, which is packed with huge astronomical literature as well as vital archives. It also preserves important works about Solar and Solar Terrestrial Physics that are important reference sources for research works.
This Astrophysical Observatory Kodaikanal provides kids a chance to learn about the intriguing world of astrophysics. They can view the night sky from this observatory, which will fascinate them for sure. Apart from all these, the Solar Observatory in Kodaikanal fascinates visitors with its Kodaikanal Terrestrial Telescope, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas. Visitors can watch Sothupparai Dam, Vaigai Dam, and Varaha and Periyakulam Rivers.
Undoubtedly, the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory enthralls everyone, whether they are inclined towards astronomy or not. It has something or the other to intrigue everyone.
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Trip to Tamil NaduWe have expected a communication from agent after planning of the trip, once payment is done there is no update on any information. we have kept calling and asking if all arrangements were done or not, until we asked we haven't received the driver details who will be picking us from Coimbatore airport, Itinerary details were not sent to driver who was clueless of which places were planned. As the driver was very friendly, he took us to all the places planned. Hotel in Ooty was disaster with all types of services, no room cleaning, no complimentary water bottles. Kodaikanal hotel was good and beyond expectations in food and all services. Seems like Travel Triangle is just expecting new Travelers and Customers and ignoring the most trusted travelers. very disappointed this time may be the last time trusting Travel triangle.
Trip to Tamil NaduWe r very happy with Travel Triangle. Hotel Apple Valley, Kodaikanal was good enough with good food. Thanks to Leena from sky tours for making our trip easy and memorable. TravelTriangle is Definitely recommended to plan your trip hassle free!!! Cheers!
Trip to Tamil NaduMyself and my wife had an excellent trip to Ooty and Kodaikanal. The service of inspire holidays is awesome. Never feel any difficulty from the starting of the trip to end of the trip. I have to mention about the driver, his name is Tamil. He is really good and have lot of patience. Never hesitated to answer whatever we’ve asked. He is really good. Travel triangle also very good in coordinating all the activities in the process. Please go with inspire holidays, I give ratings 5/5 Jyothi Mishra from travel triangle, she is awesome. I refer her as she has good knowledge on all the things she does.
Trip to Tamil Naduoverall ok experience but could have been much better had the cab on day 2 been planned as per need and the situation in Ooty. - nice hotel ( darshan) with courteous staff. - polite and respectful driver from day 3 ( Ooty to Kodaikanal) onwards - support arranged in toy train tickets by driver - Boating at ooty Lake - breathtaking views at Kodaikanal from Coaker's walk, pillar rocks - amazing pictures clicked at Pine Forest Kodaikanal
Trip to Tamil NaduI had a trip to KodaiKanal, Ooty & Coimbatore. Bhargavi from VFM holidays was very helpful. The trip was good but with few hiccups. I did not have idea about which vehicle suits for our needs. Ultimately ended up adjusting ourselves during the trip with the vehicle provided. KodaiKanal accommodation is very good and we enjoyed location and sightseeing etc. Food prepared by them is very good. In Ooty the accommodation is not up to the mark and there are power cuts in two nights during our stay. We did not expect these kind of issues in a tourist place. We thought that toy train tickets will be booked by travel triangle but ended up in missing it as no tickets available for us to get from railway counter also. Next time, I would need to verify all these before planning for a vacation.
Trip to Tamil NaduKodaikanal trip: Thanks travel triangleand Vfm for making my trip smooth and memorable. Excellent service. Best driver who directed us very well.
Trip to Tamil NaduOne of the biggest disappointments was Kodaikanal Hotel. In PDF shared with us it mentioned Spring Valley Residency but we were given Hotel Spring Valley which is not at all good. Two days we stayed in Kodaikanal we have to face wait outside of hotel to get another hotel confirmation from Customize trip.
Trip to Tamil NaduKodaikanal was awesome. Ooty was okay. Hotels in ooty was okay. It's better to go by flight to Coimbatore. So that one day journey will be less.
Trip to Tamil NaduI am really impressed by the way trip was organized. Right from landing in Kodaikanal railway station to our return to Bangalore every bit was perfectly aligned with respect to cabs and itinerary. The drivers were polite and were open to do pit stops wherever we need. They were also knowledgable explaining the beauty of Kodaikanal. Overall I felt really relaxed during the trip with zero worries on how to visit places or where to have lunch/dinner. Thumbs up to Travel Triangle and Corporate Hosts Destination.
Trip to Tamil NaduWe had a good time during our Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal tour. Tootle tour made a good arrangement. The hotels stay and food was good. the porcupine castle hotel in Coorg has good scenic beauty. Teanest nightingale in Ooty is a small property but the food was good. It was my wife's birthday when we were in Ooty. Caretaker helped to arrange the cake and we could celebrate the birthday. We really enjoyed it.
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It is located on the southern tip of the Palani Hills, about 4 km from town centre of Kodaikanal.
There is no entry fee for visitors.
The observatory is open from 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 am. It remains closed on every Sunday.
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