Jatayu earth center, Kerala

Jatayu Earth Center: A Visitors Guide

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The Jatayu Earth Center is the world’s largest bird sculpture, crafted on a huge rock called Jatayapura. The rock got its name from the sculptor and movie director Rajiv Anchal. The significance of this sculpture is rooted in Hindu mythology and pays tribute to women’s safety and honor. The place resides in Chadayamangalam village in the Kollam district of Kerala, and numerous tourists come to witness the majestic Jatayu every year. 

The sculpture exudes an ethereal vibe that visitors will feel long after leaving. In this blog, we’ll share a glimpse of the history behind the work of art, how you can visit the place, the ticket prices, and more. So, let’s get right to it. 

Visitor’s Guide To Jatayu Earth Center

History

According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, the demon king Ravana abducted the Goddess Sita (wife of Lord Rama). As he hastened to Lanka (now Sri Lanka) on his Pushpaka Vimana (The Flower Chariot), Sita cried out to Rama and Lakshmana (Rama’s brother) for help. 

On hearing this, Jatayu (An eagle-like divine bird) flew up and tried to stop Ravana by fighting him. However, Ravana was far stronger than Jatayu and easily overpowered the latter. With his sword, Ravana slashed one of Jatayu’s wings, due to which the bird fell onto a rock.

As Sita witnessed the entire encounter, she appreciated Jatayu’s efforts and granted him a boon. Jatayau was to be alive until he met Rama to narrate the incident. Eventually, when Rama and Lakshmana reached the place searching for Sita, they learned everything that occurred and acquired information about where they could go next. It is also said that Lord Rama appreciated Jatayu’s help by granting him salvation. 

The rock Jatayu fell on is where the sculpture is crafted. Furthermore, since Jatayu sacrificed his life to protect Sita’s honor, the statue symbolizes women’s safety and honor. Besides this, another intriguing myth is that the little pond near the sculpture was Jatayu’s water source and has never dried up since his altercation with Ravana. Interestingly, you can also find Rama’s footprint on the temple premises.

Overall, this is the history behind the statue. Whether you believe in the epic or not, the events make up for a fascinating tale. In fact, if you dig deeper into the epic of Ramayana, you’ll find several such mini-stories that will make you ponder your philosophies, ideologies, and more. 

How To Reach The Jatayu Earth Center?

Jatayu earth center entrance
Jatayu Earth Center entrance

By Air

Trivandrum International Airport (Airport code: TRV, 53 Km) is the nearest airport. From there, it is approximately an hour’s journey by road to the Jatayu Earth Center.

By Road

The best option is to travel via the roads because the railway station and airport are a bit far from the site. You can hop on to one of the many buses that go to and fro between Kollam or Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Chadayamangalam. You must walk a km from the latter’s bus stop to reach the destination.

People usually take a day trip to Jatayu Earth Center while on their trip to Varkala by hiring two or four-wheelers from there.

How To Reach The Jatayu Statue?

There are 2 ways to reach the hilltop where the Jatayu bird sculpture is carved. You can go up in a cable car or hike to the top. Besides these, you can also enjoy aerial views by opting for the Heli tour.

Cable Car

Cable car ride

A set of four cars with glass windows are found traveling between the hilltop and the base.  These cable cars are imported from Switzerland and are fairly convenient as they operate every day. However, if the weather conditions are bad, you might be unable to access them.

Walkway

Walkway path to the hilltop, Jatayupura

You have to climb about 826 steps across 1 Km to reach the top of the hill. The last stretch is a bit of sloppy terrain with railings for support. Usually, it takes about 30 to 60 minutes to climb up and the same amount of time to climb down.

Heli Tour

A 10-minute chopper ride gives you a bird’s eye view of the Jatayu Earth center.

Timings

Open from 10 AM to 4:30 PM on all days. Close between 2 PM and 2:30 PM for lunch.

Cost

Walkway to Jatayu sculpture – Rs. 250 + GST per person

Cable car – Rs. 450 + GST per person

Heli tour – Rs. 2400 + GST per person

Note: The tickets are not sold online; only cash payments are accepted.

Parking 

An ample amount of parking space is available opposite the ticket counter. Below are the parking fees.

  • Two-wheelers – Rs. 10 for 0-2 hours, Rs. 5 for every additional hour
  • Four-wheelers – Rs. 30 for 0-2 hours, Rs. 10 for every additional hour
  • Buses- Rs. 50 for 0-2 hours, Rs. 25 for every additional hour

Best Time To Visit

Jatayu Earth Center can be visited throughout the year. As the summers are hot and humid, the best time would be during the winter months, from September to January, when the weather is pleasant.

Languages Spoken

The officials at the center speak fluent English. Most of the local people in the region converse in Malayalam. So if you know the basics, you will be able to communicate without any hassle. 

Network Availability

Jio and Airtel offer impeccable connectivity at the Jatayu Earth Center. You will have a strong signal no matter where you go in this place and be able to reach out to anyone if required easily.

ATM Availability

ATMs are available in Chadayamangalam, 1 Km away from the center. As the entry tickets should be paid in cash, bring enough cash with you.

Where To Stay?

Stay options are limited near the Jatayu Earth Center as people usually take day trips from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Varkala, and nearby villages.  

Jatayu homestay, located just 5 Km away, is a good option and popular amongst tourists who have previously visited the place.

 

Where To Eat?

There are a few shops available on the hilltop near the Jatayu sculpture. The snack bars sell lemonade and quick grabs like Vada. Free drinking water facilities are available at the base, on the passageways, and also on the hilltop.

Facilities Available

  • Free cloakroom facility to keep your luggage and valuables.
  • Bag check or screening is done after a quick walk about 50 m from the entrance. Plastic items, food, and drones are not allowed. You are allowed to carry cameras.
  • The entire place is under CCTV surveillance. So always be mindful of your actions.
  • Clean and well-maintained restrooms are available at the base station and the hilltop.

Things To Do At The Jatayu Earth Center

Rama Temple

Rama temple

Behind the Jatayu sculpture is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, an incarnation of God Vishnu. Special donations are accepted, and poojas are done in the temple regularly.

Leave your footwear at the dedicated stand before entering the temple. Although there are no clothing restrictions, wear appropriate clothing as it is a holy place of worship.

6D Theatre Museum

The Jatayu sculpture houses a 6D theatre which is still being built. It is said that the theatre will depict the story of Jatayu.

The Open Air Performace Center

Open air performance center

Towards the sculpture’s left, an open-air performance stage setup is constructed to host cultural performances and small events during festivals.

A full side view of the sculpture can be seen from the stage. This glass-covered spot also serves as a viewpoint. It offers amazing views of settlements, valleys, and helipads.

Adventure Park

Adventure park entrance

The adventure park is en route to the Jatayu sculpture walkway. The entry ticket costs Rs. 500 + GST per person. There are numerous activities for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, including ziplining, paintball, chimney climbing, side joola, Burma bridges, commando nets, log walks, vertical ladders, and more. 

The Sculpture

Jatayu statue, kerala

The sculpture portrays Jatayu as a fallen soldier. The detailing and intricacies showcase Jatayu’s fate after Ravana slew him. The sculpture is crafted such that the bird stares into the sky with an open beak and a chopped-off wing. His claws are clutched tight, and his beak is open, highlighting the pain. The sculpture measures 200 feet in length, 150 feet in width, and 70 feet in height, occupying 5,000 square feet of floor area. It is one of the most magnificent works of art we have ever seen, and you shouldn’t miss it.

The sculpture is dedicated to ‘women’s safety and honor’ in commemoration of the effort that Jatayu made to protect Goddess Sita.

Important Points To Remember

  • Unaccompanied children below the age of 7 are not permitted without parents/ guardians.
  • Carrying arms, explosives, and inflammable material inside the premises is strictly prohibited.
  • Individuals under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant will not be permitted.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in the area.
  • Ladies in their second or third trimester and individuals with epilepsy, heart ailments, and infectious diseases should avoid riding cable cars or rope cars.

Support Or Helpdesk Contact

Mobile number: +91 9778414178

Email: info@jatayuearthscenter.in

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dress code for Jatayu earth center?

There is no specific dress code for visiting the Jatayu Earth Center. However, dress conservatively with closed shoulders since it is a pilgrimage center.

Is advance booking needed to visit Jatayu Rock?

Prior online booking is not required or available to visit Jatayu Rock. Tickets can be bought only from the counter on reaching. Also, note that only cash payments are accepted.

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