Kavalur Observatory

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  • Address: Javadi Hills, Alangayam, Kavalur, Tamil Nadu 635701, Vellore, India
  • Timings: 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-8025530583
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Observatory, Nature

The kavalur observatory is situated on a 100-acre forest land and is surrounded by lush greenery. One can also find some wildlife if lucky. It is home to the largest telescope in Asia – one of the main reasons why it is an important tourist destination. The telescope is so powerful that it can resolve a coin kept forty kilometers away – a powerful instrument for sure!

The vainu bappu observatory is located far from the city and in a forested area in order to be close to the Earth’s equator, thereby allowing it to cover both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere easily. The kavalur observatory’s origins can be traced by back to the year 1786 when it was used by William Petrie as a private observatory. It was then shifted to Kodaikanal before eventually finding permanent residency in the quaint town of Kavalur.

Sky observations are also carried out here with the aid of focal plane instruments. The observatory has also been responsible for some celestial discoveries.

Kavalur Observatory Travel Tips

  • Overnight stay is possible.
  • Come with a star chart if possible.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Bring a torch with you.
  • Food is available at the observatory canteen.
  • Recommended time to visit kavalur observatory: October – March.

How to Reach Kavalur Observatory

  • Rent or hire a car/taxi.

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  • Kavalur Observatory Address: Javadi Hills, Alangayam, Kavalur, Tamil Nadu 635701, Vellore, India
  • Kavalur Observatory Contact Number: +91-8025530583
  • Kavalur Observatory Timing: 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Kavalur Observatory: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 45.14% of people who visit Vellore include Kavalur Observatory in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Kavalur Observatory visit around 7 PM - 8 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Kavalur Observatory

Monday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kavalur Observatory

People normally club together Yelagiri Hills and Skandashramam while planning their visit to Kavalur Observatory.

People also prefer to end their day with Kavalur Observatory.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Kavalur Observatory Reviews & Ratings

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    On 10-Apr-2019

    It is amazing ,fantastic 😘😘

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  • can we come in the morning to visit this observatory.we are around 50 student from college

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    • The Kavalur Observatory or the Vainu Bappu Observatory is open for the public only on Saturdays, 6 PM onwards. 

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  • Reaching time sir

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    • Kavalur Observatory visiting hours are 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

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