Jatayu Earths Centre, also known as Jatayu Nature Park, Jatayu Rock, or Jadayupara, houses the world’s largest bird statue located in Kerala, India.
I visited Jatayu Park in April 2019 and since posting a photo on my Instagram, the legendary Jadayupara Bird Statue went viral across social media, and it has since become one of the most famous landmarks in India!
I have put together this complete guide which includes everything you need to know about Jadayupara before you go!
JADAYUPARA IN KERALA – OVERVIEW
Let’s start this guide with the essentials you should know about Jadayu Para in Kerala, such as the location, how to get there, and much more.
WHERE IS JADAYUPARA LOCATED & HOW TO GET THERE?
Jadayupara is located 46km west of Trivandrum City in Kerala, India.
When searching for how to reach Jatayu Earth’s Center, the budget option is to take the bus from Trivandrum City, which costs around 50 INR, or you can take a taxi which costs around 1500 INR.
JADAYUPARA OPENING TIMES & TICKETS
Jatayu Nature Park timings are Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Jatayu Earth Centre tickets can be bought from the ticket office on arrival.
It used to be possible to purchase tickets online in advance but this option is currently not available anymore at the time of writing this guide.
The Jatayu Earth Center entry fee is 400 INR. This includes the Jadayupara ropeway ticket price.
If you wish to do the activities on offer at Jatayupara Adventure Park the rates are as follows:
- 15 Adventure Activities Only (10am To 4pm) – Rs.1000/-
- Trekking and Paintball Only (Afternoon Session 3pm to 6.30pm) – Rs.1300/-
- 15 Adventures Activities and Trekking Only (10am to 6.30pm) – Rs.1500/-
- 15 Adventures Activities and Paintball Only(10am to 4pm) – Rs.1800/-
- All Activities + Paintball + Trekking (10am to 6.30pm) – Rs.2300/-
- Full Day Activities (10am to 6.30pm ) -Rs.3500/-
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JADAYUPARA
The famous Jadayu Para bird sculpture is an impressive 200 feet long, 150 feet wide, and 70 feet tall making it the world’s largest bird sculpture!
Jadayupara took 10 years to construct from start to finish and it is built mainly from compacted concrete and some stainless steel components that have a beautiful stone finish.
This Kerala bird statue at Jadayu Para symbolizes the protection of women and according to Hindu legend, Jatayu (the mythical bird) tried to save Princess Sita from being kidnapped by the demon king Ravana.
During the battle to save Sita, Jatayu’s left wing was chopped off by the sword of Ravana and he then fell on his back in pain with his talons clenched on top of Jadayu Rock, hence where the name originates.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT JADAYUPARA
To reach the top of Jadayu Rock to see the Jadayupara bird sculpture there is a scenic cable car ride that carries up to 128 passengers at a time, split between 16 cable cars.
Upon arrival at the top, visitors are free to roam around the Jatayu sculpture which offers a 360-degree observation deck that boasts incredible views of the beautiful surrounding countryside of Kerala.
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The sculpture itself displays individually decorated and detailed feathers that splay across the ground from where you can step up onto the sculpture and take a look around.
Inside the Jadayupara bird sculpture, you’ll find various rooms and exhibition spaces and there is even an observation deck inside the head where you can get a birds-eye-view of the surrounding landscapes! You’ll also get to know the Jadayupara history, which is an added bonus.
Like I said at the beginning of this guide, since posting a photo on my Instagram, the Jadayu Para Malayalam Bird Statue has become one of the famous landmarks in India and you should definitely not miss it!
JATAYUPARA ADVENTURE PARK
Apart from visiting the Jadayu Para bird statue, be sure not to miss all the fun activities that Jatayu Nature Park also has to offer!
There are up to twenty different activities and attractions to join in on at Jatayu Earth Centre, such as rock climbing, zip-lining, high ropes course, archery, air rifle shooting, paintball, trekking, 12D cinema, and much more!
Jadayu Para Earth’s Centre really has something for everyone and it’s a great place to spend an entire day on your next visit to Kerala, India!
WHERE TO STAY NEAR JADAYUPARA
Trivandrum is the nearest city to Jatayu Earth’s Center which has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from.
I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay when going back from Jadayupara to Trivandrum to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
Luxury: Hilton Garden Inn
Mid Range: Goodland Elegance
Budget: Hotel Silver Sand
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MORE KERALA TRAVEL GUIDES
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- Munnar: Trekking In Munnar
- Periyar: Periyar National Park Safari
- Athirappilly: Athirappilly Falls
FINAL THOUGHTS – JADAYUPARA BIRD STATUE
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