Thiruvananthapuram: Jatayu Nature Park, one of the most anticipated tourism projects in Kerala, is all set to open its door for the public on July 4, said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism. The park, which was slated to be inaugurated officially on May 23, began its partial operation in Adventure Rock Hill in December 2017.
The park situated at a whopping 65 acres of land holds the distinction of having the world’s first functional sculpture. It is also India’s first fully fenced park with all safety measures ensured for visitors. The State Government spent Rs.1.75 crore for setting up ABC line required for the project implementation. The government also spent Rs.8.5 crore to build the world-class road leading to Jatayu Nature Park.
All necessary sanctions and approvals for Jatayu Earth’s Center were granted on war-footing. The world’s largest bird sculpture is the result of decade-long perseverance of acclaimed filmmaker and sculptor, Rajiv Anchal. This colossal sculpture situated in Jatayupara, nearly 1000 feet above sea level, can be accessed by state-of-the-art cable car service. The Swiss-made cable car is the first of its kind in the country.
Even though many adventures tourism spots are available in South India, the Jatayu Park has the label of South India’s first rock tourism spot. Jatayu Nature Park also gifts us mesmeric experiences like the cable car, 6-D theatre, digital museum, sunrise and sunset view through the bird’s eye etc. The bird sculpture is also a tribute to women. As per Hindu mythology, Jatayu was the one who died fighting Ravana while he was trying to abduct Seetha.
The four hills that feature in the park are Jatayu Rock Hill, Adventure Rock Hill, Elephant Rock Hill and Kitchen Rock Hill. Sprawling over 65 acres is the first BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) undertaking in Kerala Tourism. The venture that has opened up several investment opportunities in the state is funded by Rajiv Anchal’s Guruchandrika Builders and Properties Private Ltd. and around 150 Non-Resident Malayalees. The private investors have invested around Rs.100 crore in different phases.
This tourism venture exemplifies the role expatriates can play in major development projects in the state. Jatayu Earth’s Center has gained relevance for ensuring the participation of local residents and generating job opportunities for many of them. The small village of Chadayamangalam and the heritage site of Jatayupara will become Kerala’s contribution to world tourism map. The inaugural function will be held in the parking area of the Jatayu Earth’s Center.
Ticket charge-Rs 400 per person
Adventure package- Rs.2500
Museum and 6D Theatre in November
The museum and 6-D theatre inside the Jatayu sculpture will start functioning in November as part of the third phase. The Ayurveda and Siddha Centre designed inside the caves cushioned between rocks will also open in November. Apart from this, all the other facilities will be inaugurated on July 4.