‘Jatayupara’ Phase II with Swiss Cable Cars to be Inaugurated on August 17

Jatayu Earth’s Center

Thiruvananthapuram: A view of the incomplete sculpture of mythical bird ‘Jatayu’ on top of a hill beside the Thiruvananthapuram-Kottarakara MC Road had left the travellers disappointed until sometime ago. But now, this route is all set to witness a beeline of tourists from within and outside the State, with the inauguration of the second phase of Jatayu Earth’s Center (JEC) on August 17 (Chingam 1 according to Malayalam calendar). The magnificent bird statue will be thrown open to the public by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala. Interestingly, the event will take place a few days before Onam holidays.

The second phase of the JEC includes a ride on Swiss-made cable cars to the top of ‘Jatayupara’ (Jatayu rock) to see the biggest bird sculpture in the world. ”This model of Swiss cable cars are seen in countries like Singapore and Malaysia. Now, we offer the same luxury with uncompromised quality to people in Kerala and the country at a fare of just Rs. 400,” said Rajeev Anchal, noted filmmaker, sculptor and the brain behind the project.

“There are cable cars at several places in India, but their standard is much lower than that of ours. I did not want to compromise on quality, so I imported the cars,” he added.

An engineering team will also be stationed at the JEC to monitor the 16 cable cars, set up at a cost of Rs. 40 crore. Each cable car can carry eight passengers at a time. The Earth’s Center will also have an amphitheatre-model open area for conducting cultural programmes.

There is also a helipad at the JEC and plans to extend the chopper service to other parts of the State to attract high net worth individuals to Jatayu. The chopper service will also be available for domestic tourists keen on enjoying an aerial view of Jatayu rock at a moderate fare of Rs. 2500. The project, which has roped in 150 investors, has also given importance to local employment.

The management hopes to open the third phase of JEC, which includes a 6D museum and Siddha Ayurvedic Centre, within 12 months.