Kodaikanal Solar Observatory was founded in 1901 and offers a unique chance to discover the mesmerising night skies of South India. The observatory is located in the remote hill town of Kodaikanal and treats stargazers to clear skies and excellent visibility.
The observatory is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and houses several state-of-the-art telescopes, including a 60-cm Coelostat reflector and a 20-inch Bavanagar refractor. All are housed inside the charming original building with whitewashed walls and a red tile roof. Step inside the small on-site museum, which showcases historic telescopes and instruments made in the 1800s.
Guided tours of the observatory showcase the dome where British astronomer John Evershed discovered a solar phenomenon known as the Evershed effect. After touring the observatory, enjoy a stroll around the lush grounds and take in the beautiful views of the Palani Hills.
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is located in the Palani Hills, a 10-minute drive from Kodaikanal in the state of Tamil Nadu. Parking is available on site and local taxis and rickshaws are available. The golf club is a 3.5-hour drive from Madurai and 6.5 hours from Cochin International Airport.