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
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kavalur Observatory visit timings are from 06:00 A.M till 09:30 P.M on Saturday

  • 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
  • Kavalur Observatory Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Kavalur Observatory(preferred time): 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Kavalur Observatory: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 94.2% 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
  • Largest Telescope in Asia, no light pollution out here

  • Thus place very wonderful only public attended the telescope every evening 7.pm

  • Excellent place, cool atmosphere. Located on top of a mountain, the establishment here is old and offered a great experience. Visited this place during an industrial visit from my college. The staff members are very friendly and helpful. They explained about various events they monitor from there, and capabilities that place. The view from the top of the building was great. One has yo take permission to visit this place, there is no other way to get there.

  • They permit the public only on Saturday evenings from 7 pm. I planned my trip accordingly. I went to the place with much expectations on 23.12.2017. But disappointed greatly. The staff there are impolite and unfriendly. I didn't care much as my aim was to gaze the sky. They took to a 6 inch lens telescope which is fixed towards the moon. Nothing was clearly visible in the moon though the sky was very clear. A handycam can be zoomed to see the moon more clearly than the one shown in the observatory. Useless and age-old. Though they have bigger telescopes they are not for public view. Nothing was explained by the staff either To the worst they don't even have a toilet for the public who are visiting the. It's a government building and do not permit public to use the office toilet either. Very worst and complete waste of time. I don't recommend anyone to go there and waste their time. I think the people working there are simply wasting the government budget and getting unproductive salary. Complete negative rating

  • Wonderfull placed

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

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