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The Eco-tourism wing of the State Government’s Tourism Development has adopted the sixty acres atop The “Jatayu Rock” for developing the area as a tourist attraction. The development project will in no way mar the natural beauty of the rock and whatever is going to be built will be in harmony with the surroundings. The facilities would help the visitors to enjoy the caves and creeks of the rocky environment. There would be a winding foot path leading up to the top stretching to several kilometers. The path will be lit and there will be places for rest, kiosk for tea, coffee and snacks etc. A few honey-moon cottages are also being planned. Right on top the rock the building of a huge functional sculpture of the Great Bird Jatayu is under way. It is 60 ft tall, 150 ft broad and 200 ft long. This will have three storeys and would among other attractions, house a museum and mini film theatre. The form of the Bird would be lying on its back with a broken wing, raising its head. The visitors who enter the sculpture can literally have a Bird’s Eye View as the Jatayu’s eyes are planned to be round windows opening to the world. Once finished, Jatayu sculpture would be the biggest functional sculpture in the Asian continent. It can be termed as the tallest sculpture as well. The news that the biggest functional sculpture is being built on The Jatayu Rock is slowly spreading. It would be useful to tourists if this site is included in the National Tourism Map as it is situated close to MC Road which is the route for lots of Ayyappa Pilgrims who travel via Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. For the spiritual tourists from other states of India Jatayu Rock can doubtlessly turn into a great attraction. It would be especially attractive to North Indian Pilgrims who are largely Ram devotees.


Rajiv Anchal - Sculptor

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Jatayu Rock

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