You will certainly get mesmerized with Kollam’s latest tourist attraction, the Jatayu Earth’s Center that hosts the world’s largest bird sculpture. Spanning over 65 acres across four hills, this is the Kerala’s first ever BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) tourism.
The monumental statue of Jatayu resting high up the hill catches your attention even from afar on your way to Chadayamangalam in Kollam district. Jatayu is a legendary bird from the Indian epic Ramayana.
The sculpture sits where Jatayu took his last breath. Locals believe that the bird fell there after being struck down by Ravana.
The sculpture has been conceived and developed by Malayalam film director Rajiv Anchal.
You can reach the hilltop using a cable car. A multitude of experiences await the traveler in Jatayu Rock. One such is the museum and the 6D theatre inside the sculpture. You can even have a hele-taxi experience from here!
All adventure junkies, this is your perfect weekend getaway! Engage in adventurous games in the backdrop of breathtaking views of nature. Whether it be Burma bridges, commando nets, log walk, vertical ladder, chimney climbing or side joola, choose your pick and let the adrenaline rush through the body.
Now what adds to the thrill is the Paintball zone!
Besides all these exclusive experiences, the place also has provision for Ayurveda, camping, trekking, live kitchen and a lot more to make your trip splendid.
Getting there: Chadayamangalam is located on Main Central (MC) Road, connecting Angamaly (Ernakulam district) and Kesavadasapuram (Thiruvananthapuram district). Buses are available from major bus stations in the state.
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport is about 52 kms
Nearest Railway Stations: Kollam Junction, about 35 kms and Thiruvananthapuram Central about 55 kms
(This article is an overview and with information for you to bookmark so that you can include it in your India travel plans. The place may be closed considering the current pandemic situation. Kindly plan your travels after we return to previous normal- The South Asian Times)