The Kodaikanal Observatory of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics is located in the beautiful Palani range of hills in Southern India. It was established in 1899 as a Solar Physics Observatory and all the activities of the Madras Observatory were shifted to Kodaikanal.
Kodaikanal Observatory completed 100 years in 1999
A 20 cm refractor at the Observatory is used occasionally for cometary and occultation observations. It is also sometimes made available to visitors for night sky viewing.
The Observatory has arranged a popular Astronomy museum on campus for the visitors. It is located 400m from the main gate. The displays are mainly pictorial, supported by a few telescope models. A live solar image and the Fraunhofer spectrum can be seen here depending on the observing conditions. It is open for all seven days including Govt. Holidays between 9:30 to 12:00 hrs and 14:00 to 16:30 hrs. Night Skywatch is also available from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
The library at the Observatory is one of its proud possessions. It has a collection of astronomical literature which is of archival value. The library maintains a skeletal current literature in Solar and Solar Terrestrial Physics.
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Kodaikanal 624 103 INDIA
Tel : 91 (4542) 240 245
For Enquiry/Direction : +91 (4542) 240588, 242652
E-Mail : eben at iiap.res.in