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Shenbaganur Art gallery of Natural History


Shenbaganur Art gallery is the Natural History of Kodaikanal, located 5.6 kms from the Kodaikanal Pond, along the street to Kodaikanal. A regular accumulation of personal things of natural history since the 1920s has now turned to the key section of the existing museum. The Shenbaganur Art gallery is managed by sacred heart college, a theological organization established in 1895. A holiday to the museum is a must for individuals visiting Kodaikanal. The Shenbaganur Art gallery has got a selection of several types of seeing stars, moths, snakes and animals. Anthropologists will be satisfied to have a glance of many images and designs of dolemms tombs and burial urns of pre ancient individuals of Palani Mountains. There is a herbarium too, having more than 2500 vegetation and a large lawn.


Also the museum has one of the best orchidoriums in Native indian, having near to 300 types of vegetation and plant backyards. The two backyards have vegetation of exclusive medical importance. There is a gathered performs of 300 types of wood, moreover to designs of vegetation of Palani Mountains.

The Shembaganur museum has two outsized papier mache support charts, one covering the whole Palani range, and the other displaying Kodaikanal and its back drop providing a clear concept of all-natural structures, geological features and reasonable improvements in and around Kodai. All the sources, streets, stone structures, falls, the river, the shola jungles, etc., of the whole Palani Mountains are planted clearly on these comfort charts. The existing Shembaganur museum at Kodaikanal is the attempt of E. Ugarte who took control in 1951 from A. Anglade, the designer. He put previous times selections together and started a significant selection of seeing stars, moths and wildlife by groups of learners. In 1963 Ugarte provided a small information of the Shembaganur museum resources. It has been released as 'A Art gallery of the Palanis'. A former record was 'The Organic stock in the Museum' by Fr. KM Mathew in 1954. The significant exhibits/holdings can be classified under Anthropology, Plants & Wildlife and Crafts.



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Anthropology: A. Anglade, Rosner and few others have collected designs of dolmens and tombs of megalithic Rock Age (5000-2000BC) and South Indian iron age (700BC-100AD) of the Palani Mountains. The various images and etched designs of the museum help the viewer to almost reproduce previous times. A lot of the dolmens and tombs were broken later, including the value of the museum displays.


Flora & Wildlife : The anthology of preserved types and illustrative blueprints and performs of art with adequate text messages of all the botanical overal in the area of the Palani hills are presented in good state provided by Fr. KM Mathew who set up the development of the botanical stock of the museum in 1954. Area notices with selection time frame, place and other popular information on insects, butterflies, moths, amphibians, snakes, wildlife, and animals are placed together with crammed types and helpful blueprints and performs of art. The key stock of fauna was already released in 1953 by E. Ugarte.

Handicrafts : The handicrafts consists of 6 big comfort charts of the Palani hills and areas thereof. These handicrafts were made-up by A. Anglade in the Twenties with the help of a photographic camera Lucida with all the shapes estimated with appropriate steel streets and the whole map set on a wood panel with steel structure. A. Anglade is the person who arrange the wood made designs of the dolmens and other historical finding's.




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