Jatayupara is a large rock block at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district, Kerala state. Jatayupara got its name from Jatayu, the mythical bird in the great epic of Ramayana. Jatayu is believed to have collapsed on this rock after failing in its attempts to thwart Sita’s kidnapping by Ravana. Ravana is believed to have slit Jadayu’s wing(s) and escaped with Sita to Lanka .
Jatayupara Nature Park is one of its kind in the world. Jatayu Nature Park situated at Jatayupara is having the world’s largest Bird sculpture, which was opened to public in early 2016. The massive sculpture is 200 feet in length, 150 feet in width and 70 feet in height. There is 15,000 square feet of usable floor area under the sculpture. India’s first State of the art Rope way project is installed for the tourists here. This rope way is the biggest rope-way in South India, which can carry 400 tourists per hour. The 500 meter long rope-way / cable car takes you to the 600 feet high Jatayu hill top.
Paint ball, Laser tag, bouldering, zip line, rock climbing, mountain biking,archery, rifle shooting, kids recreation with trampoline, rappelling, ATVs, etc, are some the adventure sports coming up here at the Adventure Park, spread across 20 acres of land, at an altitude of around 1000 feet, on a three kilo meter radial distance of Jatayu statue.. There is a Museum and a 6D theater inside the Jatayu sculpture complex. Statue of Lord Shri Rama Chandra, having a height of 18 feet, is also there at Jatayupara.
How Do I Go to Jatayupara?
Jatayupara is situated at Chadayamangalam on Main Central Road (MC Road) or State Highway 1, in Kerala state. Chadayamangalam is in between Kilimanoor and Kottarakara towns, if you are traveling by MC Road. Kilimanoor town is at around 14 kilometers distance and Kottarakara town at around 21 kilometers from Chadayamangalam.
Kottarakara is THE NEAREST railway station to Jatayupara Nature Park, on the Kollam – Punalur railway line. (The erstwhile Kollam -Sengottai meter gauge line, is now being converted into a broad gauge line. Kollam – Punalur line is part of this line.)
Kollam alias Quilon, is around 33 kilometers distance from Chadayamangalam and has the nearest MAJOR railway station on Thiruvanathapuram – Palakkad main line.
Nearest airport to Jatayupara is the one at Thiruvanathapuram, which is at around 51 Kilometers from Chadayamangalam.