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A huge, curiously shaped rock at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district takes its name from the mythical bird Jadayu in the epic Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. The place where Lord Rama found the dying Jatayu was named as Jatayumangalam, now known as Chadayamangalam There is a temple dedicated to Lord Ram at the top of the rock..
This huge cluster of rocks called Jatayu para, is a single rock, situated 1000 ft. above sea level, covering an area of around 60 acres. .
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. It is a part of the legend that the rock suffered a cut from Jatayu's beak as the Great Bird fell. Where the beak eventually pierced the rock turned into a pond. This pond never dries, even in mid summer. There are markings closely believed to be the foot points of Sri Rama. These sights greatly attract spiritual tourists. Jatayupara is definitely an attractive option for those who love adventure as this is an ideal location for trekking..
Right on top of the rock, there is a huge sculpture of the Great Bird Jatayu. It is 60 ft tall, 150 ft broad and 200 ft long. The form of the Bird is 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 Jatayu's eyes are planned to be round windows opening out to the world. Jatayu sculpture is the biggest functional sculpture in the Asia.


The Palaruvi Waterfalls is a waterfall located inside the forests near Aryankavu, Kollam ,Kerala. Meenmutty and Soochipara waterfalls are in first and second place among the waterfalls in Kerala considering the falling heights. Palaruvi, the third highest water falls seen in the River Kallada. Palaruvi waterfalls is a seasonal waterfalls which shows its mightiness during the monsoons and mostly dries up in the midst of summer.
Palaruvi which means stream of milk - is one of Kerala's most picturesque waterfalls makes its way down the rocks, from a height of 300 feet. It is a beautiful picnic spot for visitors from all over south India.. The journey to Palaruvi through the dense tropical forest is a spellbinding experience. Palaruvi waterfalls is classified under Horse Tail shaped single drop falls. Ofcouse the white stream of riverfalls resembles the shape of a white horse's tail, narrow at the starting point and spreads out by the tail end.
The mountain fresh river stream is having its course through forests rich in medicinal plants and herbal flowers. Palaruvi waterfalls is thus considered to be much ideal for an ayurvedic herbal bath from the nature itself. There are ayurvedic physicians who insists to take bath in this waterfalls.
Palaruvi is now one of the safest and an amazing forest picnic point in southern Kerala. The PWD Inspection Bungalow and the KTDC Motel here offer comfortable accommodation.
The surrounding mist-clad blue hills and green valleys form a stunning backdrop to the milk-white burst of foam whose muffled roar resounds through the otherwise tranquil virgin forest.



India's first planned eco-tourism destination, which is gaining popularity due to its unique vistas, bio-diversity and functioning is an ideal location for vacation seekers. It is a great destination to spend time with family and loved ones in the midst of nature with waterfalls, rivers, dams, deer park, adventure zones, beautiful railway routes, hillocks in the background and lush greenery everywhere.
Thenmala located in the valley of Western Ghats amidst evergreen forests of Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 62 Kms from Kollam. Lush green forest Park, Adventure Park, Children's Park, Butterfly Safari, Musical Dancing Fountain, Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Night Camping galore the attractions.
The word Thenmala in the local language Malayalam has an interesting meaning. 'Then' means honey and 'Mala' means hill; and they combine to mean 'Honey Hill'. It is believed that the honey collected from this region is of very good quality owing to its unique biological settings.
Thenmala attracts foreign and domestic tourists with a host of attractions. For the nature lovers, there is so much to explore, for adventure sports tourists can choose from options like mountaineering, biking, rope bridge and trekking.



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