January 22, 2015

Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History - Kodaikanal

Site Name: Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History
Site Type: Hill station, Museum
Location:  Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A unique museum in Kodaikanal
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road - around 80 kms
Nearest Airport: Madurai - around 120 kms 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Dindigul and Madurai
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is one of the most popular summer destinations of India. Thousands and thousands of travelers visit this popular hillstation named as 'Princess of hillstations'. It is located near Dindigul in Tamil Nadu state of India. After Ooty, it is the most visited hill resorts in Tamil Nadu state. 

Unlike the other hillstations where only viewpoints are present, this extraordinary hill resort has a lot of place of interest for tourists such as viewpoints, waterfalls, forests, trekking routes, temples and heritage spots. Let us explore a unique place called Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History in this article.

The museum is located at  a distance of around 5 kms from the city center. It was founded in 1895 CE. Though it very small, it houses a lot of archaeological remains and flora and fauna samples of Kodai region. More than 300 species of orchids are maintained in this museum. The chemically preserved animals, birds and even human embryo are found in this museum. Some of the rare collections such as burial pot used by pre historian period people and Kuriji plant (Kurinji flower blossoms only once in every 12 years) add more attractions to this tiny beautiful museum.

Happy travelling. 

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