Adventure Sports at Jatayupara Nature Park Near Kollam
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 .
Kerala tourism has given 65 acres of land and the contract to develop Jatayupara to Guruchandrika Builders and Property Private Limited on the terms of BOT -Build, Operate, Transfer. Construction work is completed and is now open to the public. It is also called Jatayu Earth’s Center.
Entry fee is rupees 500 per person. this fee is inclusive of the cable car charges. Adventure sports activities are charged separately. The details of such charges are given below.
Jatayupara Nature Park is one of its kind in the world. Jatayu Nature Park 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 kilometer 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 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.
How Do I Go to Chadayamangalam from Chenganoor Railway Station?
If you are coming from northern side, board any train via Kottayam, which stops at Chenganoor (CNGR). Get down at Chenganoor railway station and go to the KSRTC bus station. From Chenganoor, look for the buses to Thiruvanathapuram, which goes via Chadayamangalam.
How Do I Go to Chenganoor KSRTC Bus Station from Chenganoor Railway Station?
Chenganoor KSRTC bus station is around half kilometers distance from Chenganoor railway station. Look for any KSRTC bus to Pathanamthitta ,inside the railway station, which goes inside the Chenganoor KSRTC bus station. Pampa buses also goes to KSRTC station,; but they may charge very high rates, even for smaller distance. If no buses are there inside the railway station, you may hire an auto-rickshaw, which may charge 30-40 rupees. Otherwise, there are private buses available in front of the railway station, which stops a 50 meters away from Chenganoor KSRTC bus station.
Jatayupara is one of the best places for your family to enjoy the holidays. Kids would love this place. Christmas and New year holidays can be spent here. Many cultural actives are planned for 2019 new year eve.
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