The first phase of Jatayu Nature Park, a much awaited tourism destination in Kerala, is all set to open in January 2016. The park is named after the mythical bird from Ramayana — Jatayu, who tried to rescue Sita from Ravana. The nature park project has been started with the aim of promoting mythology, adventure and wellness tourism. Located in Chadayamangalam village in Kollam district of Kerala, this rock theme park will be a treat to the eyes as well as the sense of adventure for the tourists.
This is the first public private partnership tourism initiative between the Kerala government and Guruchandrika Builders and Property Private Limited. It is designed on a BOT (build-operate-transfer) model. Here are 6 interesting things about the park.
1. The park sprawls over 65 acres of land and is home to a giant sculpture of Jatayu:
The sculpture is 200 feet long, 150 feet broad, 70 feet in height and has a floor area of 15,000 square feet.
2. The sculpture sits at the spot where Jatayu took his last breath:
Locals believe that the mythical bird fell there after being struck down by Ravana. The sculpture sits on top of a hill
3. The bird sculpture will have a 6D theatre and an audio-visual based digital museum inside it:
The museum will exhibit glimpses from Ramayana. One can also enjoy the bird’s eye view experience from 1,000 feet above the sea level, from inside the sculpture.
4. The sculpture has been conceived and developed by a Malayalam film director:
Renowned filmmaker and sculptor, Rajiv Anchal, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Guruchandrika Builders and Property Private Limited.
“It took us seven years to build the sculpture. It is basically a concrete structure that has been given a stone finish. Building it has been a major struggle as the terrain was hard and we had to carry all the materials to the top,” he told The Indian Express.
5. The nature park will also have an adventure zone and about 20 games:
The adventure field in the park will have several options for activities like paint ball, laser tag, archery, rifle shooting, rock climbing, and bouldering. It will also house ayurvedic cave resorts.