Kodaikanal Observatory

VBOThe 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

Kodaikanal Data Archive


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. The displays are mainly pictorial, supported by a few models. A live solar image and the Fraunhofer spectrum are also presented. From April 1st to June 15th Kodaikanal Observatory is open to public between 10:00 to 12:00 hrs and 14:00 to 16:00 hrs. For the rest of the year the Observatory will be open to public only on every Friday between 10:00 to 12:00 hrs.


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) 240218
Fax : 91 (4542) 246242, 240641
E-Mail : selvendran at iiap.res.in

Last updated on: September 18, 2019