India’s Jatayu Earth’s Center or Nature Park in Kerala is the world’s largest bird sculpture. This nature park is a marvel with a huge Jatayu bird sculpture that has attracted worldwide attention.
This Jatayu bird sculpture, located in Kerala’s Kollam district is 200 feet long, 150 feet broad, 70 feet in height and has a 15,000 square feet of floor area. On December 5, 2017, the nature park became partially operational with the rock hill being thrown open to the public. The entry fee of this awe-inspiring nature park is ₹3,500.
It is designed on the BOT (build-operate-transfer) model and is the first public-private-partnership between the government of Kerala and Guruchandrika Builders and Property Private Limited.
Jatayu, who is a demi-God in Hindu mythology who took the form of a vulture, is worshipped at many places in India. In Ramayana, Jatayu fights Ravana when he is abducting Sita but due to Jatayu’s old age, he is unable to win against Ravana. Before he takes his last breath, he informs Ram and Laxman about the direction in which Ravana was headed with Sita. It is also said that overwhelmed by Jatayu’s valiant behaviour and affection towards him, Lord Ram performed Jatayu’s last rites. According to legend, where the nature park is currently built in Chadayamangalam, Kollam, Kerala, that is where Jayatu fell on the rocks after the fight with Ravana.
At this beautiful nature park that is spread over 65 acres of land, there are other facilities as well like, a 6D theatre, South-India’s first cable cars, digital museum, adventure park with over 20 games in it and more.
Rajiv Anchal, who is a renowned film director is the one who designed and imagined this park. The Jatayu sculpture took seven whole years to build! Worth a visit isn’t it?