Kerala’s most awaited tourist spot, Jatayu Earth’s Center is now finally open for all! This place is the exact spot where the mythical bird Jatayu was believed to have fallen from the sky after a fight with Ravana.
This is a joint effort by Mr. Rajiv Anchal (renowned film director, art director, and sculptor) and the Tourism Department of Kerala for creating a destination which has a unique combination of all aspects of tourism.
Bonus Fact: This monumental project is the brainchild of Rajiv Anchal, and it took him and his team 10 years to meticulously design it.
About the sculpture: Built on a mighty rock named Jatayu Para (para means rock in Malayalam), the colossal statue is the world’s most massive bird sculpture with a length of 200 feet, a width of 150 feet and a height of 70 feet. Sensational, isn’t it?
About the location: It is spread over 65 acres of gorgeous landscape at Jatayupara, near the Chadayamangalam town in Kollam district of Kerala. Also, this nature park is only 500 m away from the Main Central (MC) road and 50 km from the international airport. If you so desire, you can also opt for an hour-long trek through the mesmerising forest to reach this destination.
The park is also home to several exciting activities like archery, laser tag, rifle shooting, rock climbing, rappelling, hilltop camping, trekking, jumaring, bouldering, ziplining amidst others. Oh, not to forget there is also paintball setup in the natural setting. WOW!
Bonus Fact: It is also one of the biggest private-public tourism projects in Kerala.
If adventure activities are not your cup of tea, then indulge in a traditional Siddha treatment. Sounds amazing? After this pampering session, you can gorge on some delicious food at the food court which is built on a flat enclosure between two cliff faces. So get ready for a splendid evening under the moonlight amidst the glorious vistas of rocky cliffs.
The best part about this nature park is, that despite it being a major crowd-pulling tourist destination, the biodiversity in the area has not been affected by the construction of the center. Also, there is a rainwater harvesting reservoir which is capable of storing 15-20 lakh liters of water.
Note: There are a few more ventures in pipeline to make Jatayu Earth’s Center fully operational. This is expected by April 2018.
So, what are you waiting for? Thanks to us! Your next vacation is sorted! Till we meet again, happy travels!
Picture courtesy: Official website of Jatayu Earth’s Center