Kerala often referred to as God’s own country is a beautiful state of India filled with lush green scenic landscapes and beaches. Because of its natural beauty, Kerala has a lot to offer to tourists and travelers. As if this was not enough, the State has now introduced yet another attraction that will surely attract a lot of travel enthusiasts. A must see masterpiece in god’s own country.
I’m talking about the Jatayu Earth Center, located in Chadayamangalam, about 50 km from Trivandrum.
One of the most visually stimulating and inspiring sculptural marvels sits on top of a sacred hill in Kerala. The 200 feet long Jatayu sculpture is a stunning recreation of a legendary bird from Indian Mythology.
The Jatayu Earth Center is the result of one man’s untiring passion and will called Rajiv Anchal. Rajiv is the master sculptor and a path breaking film maker whose movie “Guru” was the first film from Kerala to be selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Jatayu Earth Center.
The Jatayu Earth Center is both a tourist as well as a spiritual destination because of one of the saddest scenes in Ramayana, the great Indian epic. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama close to the sculpture.
A perennial pond, which was created when Jatayu extracted water from the rock with this beak, can be seen nearby. The footprint of Lord Rama, engraved in stone, is also a major attraction.
Things to do while at Jatayupara
This facility or park is open from 9am till 8pm throughout the week. The tickets can be purchased online in advance from their official website http://www.jatayuearthscenter.com/ and can also be bought from the ticket office on arrival.
The entrance fee to Jatayupara Nature Park is 450 INR which includes the cable car ride to the Jatayu bird statue on the top of the rock.
Activities offered at Jatayupara Adventure Park
Adventure Center : This is ideal for corporate team building programmes with activities such as Shooting, Archery, Free Climbing, Wall Climbing, Bouldering, Rappelling,Chimney Climbing,Jumaring, Vertical Ladder, Burma Bridge, Commando Net, Valley Crossing, Side Joola, Log walk. The state-of-the-art adventure center can accommodate 150 visitors each day, while providing individual safety at part with international standards. (₹500 + GST per head).
Paintball : It is one of the most thrilling team activities at Jatayu. Paintball is a competitive shooting sport in which players eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with dye-filled spherical pellets that break upon impact. Players are required to wear protective masks and safety equipment. Safe game rules are strictly enforced. A minimum of 8 members and a maximum of 120 members can play this game on any given day. (₹1000 + GST per head).
Heli Ride : One of the most enchanting experiences awaiting a tourist at Jatayu Earth Center is the helicopter ride conducted in association with Chipsan aviation. A team of well-experienced former defence staff and young aviation technical experts ensure quality service. (₹2400 + GST per head).
I have been to Jatayupara twice and enjoyed my trip both the time. In fact in our second trip we (myself, wife and father in law) got to be a part of a video blogging by Sari Sanal called Sari’s way (check from 20.04 minutes). Didn’t get much time to put make up LOL!!!!
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