Jatayu Nature Park, a must visit destination in Kerala, is named after the mythical bird from Ramayana — Jatayu, who tried to rescue Sita from Ravana. Located in Chadayamangalam Village in the Kollam district, this rock theme park is a treat to the eyes as well as the senses for travellers because it’s one-of-a-kind in the whole country. The park promotes mythology, adventure and wellness; it is spread across a sprawling 65 acres of land.
The highlight of the park is the giant sculpture of Jatayu, which is 200 feet long, 150 feet broad, and 70 feet high with a floor area of 15,000 square feet. That makes it the world’s biggest bird sculpture. Interestingly, the sculpture sits at the spot where Jatayu took his last breath. Locals believe that this is where the mythical bird fell after being struck down by Ravana.
An audio-visual museum is built inside the sculpture which spans over five levels. There’s also a multi-dimensional functional mini theatre inside the wing of sculpture. Conceived and developed by the Malayalam film director and filmmaker – Rajiv Anchal, the sculpture took about seven years to build. It is basically a concrete structure that has been given a stone finish. Building it was a major struggle as the terrain was hard and they had to carry all the materials to the top.
However, cable car facility is provided to travellers to reach the hill top. You must keep an eye out for the Rama Temple, where you’ll find the mythical markings of his feet in a fenced area on the hill top. The nature park also has an adventure zone with many games. There are several options for activities like paint ball, laser tag, archery, rifle shooting, rock climbing, and bouldering. The park is also home to Ayurvedic cave resorts; so you needn’t worry about the accommodation.