Located at Naubat Pahad in the heart of Hyderabad city, Birla Planetarium is one of the most modern planetariums of the country. Not just children, this is one of the top Hyderabad tourist spots that attracts everyone. It was inaugurated in the year of 1985 by the late Sri N.T.Rama Rao. This dome shaped structure was developed with the technological help from Japan.
The Interactive Science Centre has an optical section, electronics section along with many holograms with images of plants, faces and drawings. The Archaeology Center and the Nirmala Birla Art Gallery is consisted of Nirma Art gallery, various beautifully crafted crystal and glass sculptures, decorative pieces in jade and different kinds of stones, china trays and vases along with the most attractive of all- various figures and carvings on ivory. Along with all this, there is an Archaeology Center with various pottery, metal figures, palm leaf inscriptions, etc., presenting a glimpse into the ancient.
The Section ‘Window on Science’ at Birla Mandir Hyderabad presents visitors with model rocket, model satellites along with various diagrams and other aids for better understanding of the cosmos. The Dinosaurium is the recent addition to the Planetarium. Consisting of fossils which are almost 160 million years old “Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis” and had been excavated in Adilabad district along with smaller fossils such as dinosaur eggs, marine shells, fossilized tree trunks, it makes for an interesting trip.
The Sky show which is conducted every day is the most attractive feature of the Planetarium. These have various kinds of themes. One can visit the Birla Planetarium between 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. It is closed on the last Thursday of every month.