Jatayu Earth’s Center aka Jatayu Nature Park is situated at Jatayupara near Chadayamangalam town in Kollam district, Kerala. The park consists of a vast statue of Jatayu which is designed and built by the famous sculptor and filmmaker Rajiv Anchal. With the statue measurement of 200 ft long, 150 ft wide and 70 ft height, it is the world's largest functional bird sculpture. The nature park is spread over 65 acres. The destination has also begged the recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is also believed that it is the place where the great mythological character Jatayu sat and took his last breath after getting defeated by Ravana. The building of Jatayu Nature Park was to introduce people with a magnificent and picturesque Jatayupara in Kollam.
While the project was a challenge for the Tourism of Kerala Department, the consistency and determination made it possible and that helped in several other ways. It took 2 years to work on the project. It is built ensuring any bad effect on the ecosystem. The foremost challenge was the availability of water. For that, the dam was made between two rock valleys that now possibly owe the capacity of storing twenty lakhs water. Also, there is a provision of rainwater storing. The authority’s aim is not only to cater the visitors with a majestic artistic sculpture of Jatayu that is a symbol of courage and loyalty but also introduce them to the nature of Jatayupara and its awestruck flora and fauna. For that, they formed an agricultural society. Soon, the nearby regions of Jatayu Nature Park will be occupied by organic products stall for the visitors.
Jatayu Nature Park is built after the famous mythological character Jatayu in Ramayana. Jatayu is an eagle which has a significant mention in the great epic Ramayana wherein his honesty and bravery placed him an eternal position. He has done righteous deeds in an event where Sita( female protagonist) was kidnapped by Ravana( Demon King). In the midst of taking Sita away from her husband(Lord Rama), the Ravana interacted with Jatayu. Both indulged in a serious fight where Jatayu made his all possibility come alive to save Sita but unfortunately he could not free Sita from the clutches of Ravana. But, the incident shows a gesture of bravery and helpfulness of Jatayu and made him a significant character to remember and learn.
Digital Museum. Inside the nature park, there is a digital museum that is still under construction. Here, visitors will enjoy the light and sound show related to significant events from the epic Ramayana.
Jatayu Rock. It is one of the main attractions of the nature park that aids visitors with mind-boggling views.
Thangassery Lighthouse. It is situated at Tangasseri in Kollam city, it's one of the two lighthouses in the Kollam Metropolitan Area. the lighthouse is maintained by Cochin Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships.
Theatre at Jatayu Nature Park. Get inside the wings of Jatayu sculpture to witness the play that describes the war between Ravana and Jatayu. The play is shown in 6D which is a great experience for kids as well as adults.
Jatayu Passenger Ropeway Park. One of the best ways to explore the Jatayu Nature Park is experiencing passenger ropeway. The Switzerland based cable car proves the international safety standard.
The adventure park at Jatayu Nature Park. Spreads across 20 acres of land, this provides you with an array of activities to enjoy. Right from trekking to mountain biking to rock climbing to archery and many other activities.
Palaruvi Waterfalls. The waterfall is located in Kollam district in Kerala, India. The 32nd highest falls in India consists of a height of 300 ft.
Best Time to Visit Jatayu Nature Park
The amusement park remains open from 10 AM-8 PM. Though, we suggest you visit the place in the evening for a gigantic view of Jatayu Sculpture.
By Air. If you are planning to visit Jatayu Nature Park, then, going via air will be a convenient option. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport which is just 51 kilometres away from the park. It will just take 1 hour to reach the park. The airport has situated a Thiruvananthapuram which is the well-established city of Kerala consisting of popular and best-rated hotels, restaurants etc. Also, the airport is well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Once you land at the airport, you will see a hub of local transports heading towards Jatayu Nature Park.
By Rail. The nearest railway stations are Kottarakara Railway Station(23.1 km), Punalur Railway Station(25 km), Paravur Railway Station(27.5 km), Varkala Railway Station (30 km) and Kollam Junction Railway Station (38.7 km). These railway stations are well-connected to other major regions of India which includes metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
By Road. The Jatayupara region is one of the famous destinations in Kollam due to which it also has great road connectivity within the region. Chadayamangalam is the nearest bus stand to reach the Jatayu Nature Park. with government buses, there are also private buses that will take you to the Chadayamangalam bus stand. From there, you just have to walk for 5-10 minutes to reach Jatayu Nature Park.
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