Aluva is a suburb of the city of Kochi, situated 21 kilometres (13 mi) north of the city center and a municipality in Ernakulam district, Kerala, India. Aluva is also a major industrial center of the state.Aluva is noted for its Aluva Sivarathri festival at Manal Puram. Nearly a month long celebrations including carnivals take place during the Shivarathri season on the banks of Periyar River. Marthandavarma Bridge lies on NH 47 linking Aluva to Angamaly. Aluva Palace, the summer Palace of Travancore royalty is situated on the banks of River Periyar.
As of 2001 India census, Aluva had a population of 98,735. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Aluva has an average literacy rate of 93%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 49% of the males and 51% of females literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. Aluva is a constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. The Aluva assembly constituency is part of the Chalakudy (Lok Sabha constituency). It is a minority community constituency and only Christian or Muslim candidates are elected. It was part of Ernakulam (Lok Sabha constituency) till 2009.
Aluva Railway Station
Aluva Railway Station is a major stop for every train that passes North to South of Kerala, though there are exceptions. The station is so important for southern railway because of the quantity of passengers itself. The commuters and travelers from Idukki district have only this station for all their train journeys as there is no possible railway in the Idukki topography. But the people of Idukki district hopes the much awaited Angamaly-Sabarimala track would be completed as early as possible.
There are small junctions in the town which connects all the major roads once every kilometer. The Pump Junction is the busiest junction, situated near the main Aluva Water Pump - hence getting the name. This spot is situated near the CSI complex and the Matha-Madhurya theatre twins. This junction connects the Railway-KSRTC stations with the Aluva-Perumbavoor transport route and the bank junction.
The Bank Junction is situated near the FEDERAL bank building and hence the name too. The palace road meets this junction along with the road from Private Bus Terminal(Rajiv Gandhi Bus Terminal) and a small road from the Periyar bank institutions hosting the Krishna Temple, a mosque and the municipal Park. Federal Bank had remained the tallest building in Aluva till a few years ago, when apartment towers started to appear.
Four major theaters of Ernakulam district are in Aluva. The Matha Theater and the Madhurya theater are in the same building. This is the first digital dolby theater in Aluva. Zeenath, just 1 km from the former, is famous for introducing UFO-moviez digital projection (Keerthichakra - 1st in Kerala) in Aluva. CASINO is a bit farther from these three. These theaters had been entertaining the people of Aluva for decades.
Uliyannur is a fantastic traditional and cultural spot in Aluva. This mysterious place is surrounded by many epics which tell a lot stories about the place centuries ago. Scrolls say that Perunthachan, a figure in the "Parayi petta panthirukulam" contributed his unique engineering works in this small isthmus. The place got its name from the epic that Perunthachan, consciously or not, dropped his 'Uli'(a sharp building apparatus) on to his son's neck which eventually killed him. Even though it's an insane anecdote, you would agree to him if you read the real "Aitheehyamala" by Kottarathil Sankunni. Uliyannur temple is famous for this event and its power.
Popular tourist spots include:
- Sivarathri manappuram
- Aluva Palace
- Periyar banks
- Municipal Park
- Sivagiri Ashram
- ST:Dominic Church
- Aluva Masjid
- Sree Krishna Temple
Tourists would find the Manappuram on the left as a long stretch of sand bank followed by a plain. In the festive weeks of Sivarathri lakhs gather here.
By going downtown from the NH bypass after the bridge, you will be heading the Bank Jn. Following the road ahead would take you to the Palace Road. This road runs the Periyar parallelly intervened by The Municipal Park, Aluva Palace(now the Guest House), and Sivagiri Ashram. They planted the trees in their compounds for the sake of providing relief for others. Sivagiri Ashram has a small temple which worships Sree Narayana Guru. The SIVAGIRI kindergarten is situated there.