Interesting Places in Kerala – Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center, the first major BOT tourism project in Kerala, India, is the first joint effort by the Department of Tourism, Kerala and Mr. Rajiv Anchal along with private equity holders to create interesting places in Kerala.
Jatayu Earth’s Center is a unique combination of all aspects of tourism and offers an interesting experience to every tourist in Kerala, God’s own Country. Shri Rajiv Anchal, renowned Film Director, Art Director and Sculptor, took ten years to meticulously design and complete the monumental project.
Jatayu Earth’s Center is spread over 65 acres of multi terrain landscape at Jatayu rock near Chadayamangalam town in one of the most interesting places in Kerala, Kollam. The terrain is 1000 feet above sea level and has diverse geographic features ranging from hills, valleys, rugged rocks, caves to cultivable lands.
The Earth’s Center is easily accessible as it is right in the middle of the South Kerala tourist spots. The nearest international airport, Trivandrum, is only 50 Kms from Jatayu Earth’s Center.
Legend has it that in the great epic Ramayana, Jatayu, a noble bird of divine origin was the one who informed Rama about Sita’s kidnap by Ravana after trying valiantly to save her from the demon king. The fight left him mortally wounded yet he survived until he was able to meet Rama. For the religiously inclined, there is a footprint mark of Lord Rama here as also a temple dedicated to Lord Rama in an adjacent compound.
A giant sculpture of Jatayu towers over the destination. The colossal statue of 200 feet length,150 feet width and 70 feet height is the largest functional bird sculpture in the world as authenticated by the Guinness Book of World Records, making it easier to enter the list of interesting places in Kerala.
Activities at Jatayu Earth’s Center, interesting places in Kerala
There is a whole lot to do here on our Kerala tour packages! This destination in Carola India is a hub of exciting activities, spread over 4 major hills.
Hill 1: Jatayu Rock Hill
The Jatayu statue (officially known as STATUE OF WOMEN SAFETY AND HONOUR) is the major attraction here. With 15,000 square feet of utility space inside this functional sculpture, there will be an audio-visual museum and a multi-dimensional mini theatre inside the Jatayu sculpture.
Other interesting places in Kerala at this destination include:
- Rama Temple
- Ultra-modern Cable car facility to reach the top of sculpture
- A rain water reservoir with a capacity of 1.5 million litres of water
Hill 2: Adventure Rock Hill
The Jatayu Earth’s Center is fast turning into best tourist places in Kerala for one day tour! The adventure rock hill features 14 types of adventure activities along with a nature walk as well as paintball facilities. Adventure activities that you can indulge in here include: Rappelling, Jummering, Bouldering, Valley Crossing, Chimney Climbing, vertical Ladder, Archery, Zip-line, Commando Net, Rifle Shooting, Log Walking etc.
Hill 3: Elephant Rock Hill
Among the places to visit in Kerala, Elephant Rock Hill presents the exciting opportunity to rent tented camps for an overnight stay. Turn your Kerala holidays into a thrilling experience at the 250 meters Zip-line zone or try sky cycling for a more electrifying encounter.
The Elephant Rock Hill also offers more compelling things to do in Kerala India like regular campfires at night, open kitchen, moonlight dinner and live music! Your holiday expectations from your Kerala vacations won’t ever remain the same.
Hill 4: Kitchen Rock Hill
Enjoy a ride in the sky with the Heli-Taxi service here. The hill is blessed with natural caves that are now rented for traditional Siddha rejuvenation with accommodation facilities. You can be a part of the protection and preservation of natural ecosystem at the Herbal garden that is home to a wide variety of plants.
While Jatayu Earth’s Center is truly one of the most interesting places in Kerala, the museum is still under construction and may take more time to be fully operational. For me, the ride in the cable car imported from Switzerland was in itself a soul-satisfying experience.
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Booking the Classic Kerala Tour is an excellent option to explore Jatayu Earth’s Center as well.
If you’re traveling to India as part of a group of voluntourists, Jatayu Earth’s Center will make for the perfect destination to share your happiness with the underprivileged and give them a few reasons to smile.