25th June 2019
Jatayu Earth’s Centre, also known as Jatayu Nature Park, Jatayu Rock or Jadayupara, houses the world’s largest bird statue located in Kerala, India. I visited Jatayu Park in April 2019 and since posting a photo on my Instagram, this mythical bird statue has gone viral across social media and it has since become one of the most famous landmarks in India!
I have put together this easy guide for everything you need to know about Jatayu Park Kerala before you go!
Jatayu Earth’s Centre is located 46km west of Trivandrum City in Kerala, India.
The best way to get to Jatayu National Park is by bus, which costs around 50 INR or by taxi, which costs around 1500 INR.
JADAYU PARA OPENING TIMES & TICKETS
Jatayu Park is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30am till 5:30pm.
Jatayu Earth’s Centre tickets can be bought from the ticket office on arrival or you can purchase tickets online in advance.
The entrance fee to Jadayu Para Nature Park is 400 INR
The cable car ride to the Jatayu bird statue on top of Jadayu Rock is 400 INR
If you wish to do the activities on offer at Jatayupara Adventure Park the rates are as follows:
The famous Jatayu bird sculpture is an impressive 200 feet long, 150 feet wide and 70 feet tall making it the world’s largest bird sculpture! Jadayu Para took 10 years to construct from start to finish and it is built mainly from compacted concrete and some stainless steel components that has a beautiful stone finish.
This Kerala bird statue symbolises the protection of women and according to Hindu legend, Jatayu (the mythical bird) tried to save princess Sita from being kidnapped by the demon king Ravana. During the battle to save Sita, Jatayu’s left wing was chopped off by the sword of Ravana and he then fell on his back in pain with his talons clenched on top of Jadayu Rock, hence where the name originates.
To reach the top of Jadayu Rock there is a scenic cable car ride that carries up to 128 passengers at a time, split between 16 cable cars. Upon arrival to the top, visitors are free to roam around the Jatayu sculpture which offers a 360-degree observation deck that boasts incredible views of the beautiful surrounding countryside of Kerala.
The Jadayu Para sculpture itself displays individually decorated and detailed feathers that splay across the ground from where you can step up on to the sculpture and take a look around.
Inside the Jadayu Para sculpture is various rooms and exhibition spaces and there is even an observation deck inside the head of Jatayu where you can get a birds-eye-view of the outside world!
Apart from visiting the Jatayu bird statue, be sure not to miss all the fun activities that Jatayu Nature Park also has to offer!
There are up to twenty different activities and attractions to join in on at Jatayu Earth’s Centre, such as rock climbing, zip lining, high ropes course, archery, air rifle shooting, paintball, trekking, 12D cinema and much more!
Jadayu Para Earth’s Centre really has something for everyone and it’s a great place to spend an entire day on your next visit to Kerala, India!
Trivandrum is the nearest city that has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from. I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay in Trivandrum to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hilton Garden Inn
Mid Range: Biverah Hotel & Suites
Budget: Hotel Silver Sand
Originally published on https://jonnymelon.com/jadayu-para/