Jadayu Para Earth’s 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 Jadayu Para bird statue has gone viral across social media and it has since become one of the most famous landmarks in India!
I have put together this easy guide for everything you need to know about Jadayu Para before you go!
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Where Is Jadayu Para & How To Get There
Jadayu Para is located 46km west of Trivandrum City in Kerala, India.
When searching for how to reach Jatayu Park, 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.
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My Jatayu bird image that went viral
JADAYU PARA OPENING TIMES & TICKETS
Jatayu Nature Park timings are Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am till 5:30 pm.
Jatayu Earth’s Centre tickets can be bought from the ticket office on arrival or you can purchase tickets online in advance.
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The Jatayu Earth Center entry fee is 400 INR
The cable car ride to the Jatayu bird statue on top of Jadayu Rock is 400 INR
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/-
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JATAYUPARA
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!
Jadayu Para 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 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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Entrance to Jadayu Para
Drone shot of Jatayu Bird – Photo: Alex Chacon
WHAT TO EXPECT AT JADAYU PARA
To reach the top of Jadayu Rock to see the Jadayu Para 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 to 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.
The Jadayu Para sculpture itself displays individually decorated and detailed feathers that splay across the ground from where you can step up on to the sculpture and take a look around.
Inside the Jadayu Para sculpture are various rooms and exhibition spaces and there is even an observation deck inside the head of Jatayu where you can get a birds-eye-view of the outside world!
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Arriving at Jadayu Para via the Jatayu cable car
The observation deck at Jadayu Para Nature Park
Birds-eye perspective of Jadayu Para – Photo: Alex Chacon
JATAYUPARA ADVENTURE PARK
Apart from visiting the Jatayu 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’s 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!
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High ropes course at Jatayupara Adventure Park
Archery & shooting at Jatayupara Adventure Park
WHERE TO STAY NEAR JADAYU PARA
Trivandrum is the nearest city to Jadayu Para that has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from. I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Trivandrum to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hilton Garden Inn
Mid Range: Biverah Hotel & Suites
Budget: Hotel Silver Sand
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Another option for accommodation in Trivandrum is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Trivandrum.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR KERALA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphones.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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