Introduction Jatayu Earth Centre
When you see this picture you all were curious about this green forest all around and bird sculpture on the mountain. A lot of questions come into your mind.
So friends this great park developed by Karnataka Tourism. With the opening of the Jatayu sculpture at Chadayamangalam village in March 2018, India will be home to the world’s largest bird sculpture.
I know a lot of Indians don’t know about Chadayamangalam village in Kollam district, Kerala but we all know about Ramaya and everybody knows about Jatyu . How important role play by Jatayu. He is fighting with Ravan to try to save Sita but somehow Ravan injured him and the giant eagle of the Ramayana fell on the rocky peak.
Thereafter, the place came to be known as ‘Jatayumangalam’. Over the years, it became Chadayamangalam and the peak became Jatayupara (Jatayu rock).
About Jatayu Earth Centre
Now, friend, I would like to share this amazing ECO diversity park name that is called Jatayu Earth Center. The sculpture, along with the adventure center and a Siddha healing center, all of 65 acres, forms the Jatayu Earth’s Centre.
What is Jatayu Earth’s Centre?
Jatayu Earth’s Centre is a ₹100 crore eco-tourism project designed on a BOT (build-operate-transfer) model between the Government of Kerala and Guruchandrika Builders and Property, a company owned by Rajiv Anchal.
The company has leased the Government-owned land for 30 years. Although the project took flight in 2008, construction began only by 2011. The Jatayu sculpture, a building with a 15,000 sq ft floor area, is made of roller-compacted concrete (RCC), except for the talons which are stainless steel.
Creator Of Jatayu Earth’s Centre
Mr. Rajiv Anchal Sculptor/filmmaker who made this beautiful sculptor.
He presented this sculpture to the Department of Tourism during his Fine Arts College days in the 1980s. Later, when a proposal for an eco-tourism project came up, he was approached to work on it.
About the Jatayu Sculpeture
As per Mr. Rajiv Jatayu died protecting a woman’s honor and that is what the sculpture stands for. Imagination and creativity take flight on this bleak mountain and a giant bird is beginning to spread its wings.
Lying flat on its back with wings spread across 150ft, while stretching 200ft from tail feathers to head, and talons rising 70ft into the air, the Jatayu sculpture — built on top of the 1,000ft-high Jatayupara — towers above the green expanses.
There was a time when man and wildlife lived in harmony, and Jatayu is a symbol of that time. “The aim is to protect the rock and preserve Nature around it.
Nothing dominates the rock — as all the construction, including the sculpture — is designed and textured to seem like a part of the landscape,” he says.
Most of the area was barren when the project kicked off. Trees were planted well ahead, and today, the fallen Jatayu lies in a green haven, something straight out of Treta Yuga!
The sculpture and the cable car ride will be opened to the public. Visitors can scale the wings of the Jatayu to reach the chest and click a selfie with the bird.
The entry fee will be ₹250. after the completion of the museum, the theatre, and a Siddha healing center.
Reaching the zenith: Apart from the 500-meter cable ride, there is a 1.5-km granite stone walkway built by 70-year-old stonemason Balan Pillai, who chiseled 60,000 stones by himself.
A heli-taxi service will be launched in the future.
Brave the rocks: From climbing up an 82feet rock-face and rappelling down a 45feet cliff, to crossing a tricky Burma bridge and trekking up a mountain, the Jatayu Adventure Centre offers all this and more.
When is Jatayu Earth’s Center open?
- Sun – Sat 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
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Food And Park Activity Provided In The Park
Built onto a side of the peak, it offers a variety of activities designed around the natural rock formations. For a group of 10, the cost is ₹3,500 and includes lunch, water, juice, and snacks.
What hotels are near Jatayu Earth’s Center?
Hotels near Jatayu Earth’s Center:
- (15.96 km) Green Tsavorite
- (4.82 km) Raj Regency
- (5.97 km) Hotel Shilpa Retreat
- (12.40 km) Chavadiyil Jehoash Garden
- (15.06 km) Hotel Ambalakkara
Jatayu Earth Centre is dedicated to ‘Women’s Safety and Honour’ and this is closely associated with Ramayana. So every Indian should visit this park.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
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