Cultural tourism in
Russia > Kirov region
Kotelnich is a town of regional subordination and administrative center
of the Kotelnich area. The town is a large railway station. It stands on the
right bank of the Vyatka River. The population is 31.5 thousand persons. The
distance to Kirov is 124 km. Kotelnich is included into the list of Russia’s
Kotelnich is known in Russia and in some foreign countries for the site of
fossil vertebrate – pareiasaurs located not far from the town.
Pareiasaurs are big pangolin with spurs in the buccal region. These 3 meters
long animals lived in Europe, South Africa, and Asia 250-260 million years
The site represents a red-colored cliff of the right bank of the Vyatka and
stretches for 30 km.
Every year on the bank of the Vyatka near Kotelnich, Russian and foreign
scientists discover fragments and entire skeletons of the ancient animals
of the Permian period and of the Triassic and Jurassic periods.
Established in 1994 in Kotelnich, the paleontological museum exhibits archeological
finds from the Kotelnich site, as well as duplicates of ancient reptiles and
dinosaurs discovered in Germany, the USA, and Mongolia.
In summer, the Kotelnich Paleontological Museum arranges interesting trips
to the paleontological diggings during which tourists can gather a collection
of inhabitants of the ancient Kazan Sea.
The Kotelnich Local History Museum
3, Lenin Street, Kotelnich, the Kirov region, 612600
Tel (242) 4-22-46
The Kotelnich Paleontological Museum
22, Karl Marx Street, Kotelnich, the Kirov region,
612600 Tel (242) 4-22-73, 4-12-31
The Peasants’ History Museum
3, Sadovaya Street, village of Leninskaya Iskra, the Kotelnich area, the
Kirov region, 612641
Tel (242) 3-13-72
The Vyatka Hotel
17, Kirov Street, Kotelnich, the Kirov region, 612100