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Aluva
ആലുവ
Alwaye
Town
Nickname(s): Kugramam
Aluva is located in Kerala
Aluva
Aluva
Coordinates: 10°07′00″N 76°21′00″E / 10.1167°N 76.3500°E / 10.1167; 76.3500Coordinates: 10°07′00″N 76°21′00″E / 10.1167°N 76.3500°E / 10.1167; 76.3500
Country  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
City UA Kochi
Established 1921
Government
 • Mayor M. T. Jacob
Area
 • Total 7.18 km2 (2.77 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 24,110
 • Density 3,358/km2 (8,700/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 6831xx
Telephone code 91.484
Vehicle registration KL 41
Sex ratio 1000:1050 /
Website www.aluvamunicipality.in

Aluva (formerly Alwaye), is a town of Kochi in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. Located on the River Periyar, Aluva is the industrial epicenter of the state.[1] A major transportation hub, with easy access to all major forms of transportation, Aluva acts as a corridor which links the highland districts to the rest of the state. Aluva, home to the summer residency of the Travancore royal family - the Alwaye Palace -[2] is also famous for the Sivarathri festival celebrated annually at the sandbanks of Periyar. The Advaita Ashrams in Aluva founded in 1913 by Sree Narayana Guru, one of India's greatest social reformers adds to the cultural significance of the town.[3] Today, whilst part of the Kochi urban agglomeration, Aluva is an autonomous municipality, its civic administration conducted by Aluva Municipal Council. The town also serves as the administrative centre of the Aluva taluk.The headquarters of the District Police Chief of Ernakulam Rural Police District, Superintending engineer, PWD(Roads) and of the District Educational Officer, Aluva are also located here.It is the starting point of Kochi metro rail under construction.

History[edit]

Archaeologists have found evidence of settlements in Aluva as far back as 250 BC.[4] The place used to be a continuous area of land spread across Kakkanad and Alangad; historians have recorded that it was so up to AD 1341. The town, by then thickly populated, became a holiday resort and a centre of commerce.[5] Mangalappuzha, a branch of Periyar which bifurcates at Aluva was known to be the nerve centre of trade and commerce in this part of South India. Before Indian independence, Aluva was part of the Kingdom of Travancore and was the official summer residence of the royal family.

The etymology of the name of the town of Aluva has been the subject of speculation for centuries. One of the more accepted version relates to the story of Hindu god Shiva drinking the Kalakootam poison to save the world. It is said that Shiva with the poison -Alam- in his mouth -Vaa- was made into a deity which was then rested in a temple in Aluva.[6] The Sivarathri festival for which the town is famous for is celebrated in the honor of Shiva. In the twentieth century, when there was a community of Jews in Cochin, some used to have holiday homes in Aluva on the banks of the River Periyar. [7] it also has a name "gate way to east"

Politics[edit]

Aluva is a constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. The Aluva assembly constituency is part of the Chalakudy (Lok Sabha constituency). Anwar Sadath is the MLA of Aluva.[8] It is part of Chalakudy (Lok Sabha constituency).

Administratively, Aluva is a municipality.[9] The current municipal council is ruled by Indian National Congress Party, led by M. T. Jacob

Federal Bank Head Office Aluva, Kochi
Aluva Railway Station
Bank Junction, Aluva
NH 47 Bypass Junction, Aluva
Municipal Bus station Aluva
Aluva Marthandavarma Bridge
Trains at Aluva Railway Station, a major stopover between Thrissur and Ernakulam.

Aluva

Tourism[edit]

Popular tourist spots include:

  • Sivarathri Manappuram(Sree Mahadeva temple)(Dekshina Kaashi)
  • Kadungalloor Sree Narasimha Swamy temple
  • Thiruvalloor Sree Mahadeva Temple
  • Aluva Palace
  • Periyar banks
  • Cheerakkada Temple
  • Desom Sree Pallippattukavu Bhagavathy Temple
  • Desom Sree Ananthapuram Mahavishnu Temple
  • Desom Sree Dhattha Anjaneya Temple
  • Adwaitha Ashram
  • Sree Krishna Temple
  • Uliyannoor Sree Mahadeva Temple
  • Pottachira Sree Krishna Temple
  • Municipal Park
  • Thuruthu in periyar river(Small island)
  • St.Dominic Church
  • Aluva Masjid
  • Kunjunnikara Juma Masjid
  • Thottumughom Thangal Jaaram


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 towards the Bank Junction.The road ahead would take you to the Palace Road. This road runs parallel to the Periyar along the Municipal Park, Aluva Palace(now the Guest House), and Sivagiri Ashram. Sivagiri Ashram has a small temple which worships Sree Narayana Guru.

Aluva Railway Station[edit]

Aluva Railway Station is a major stop for every train that passes North to South of Kerala, though there are exceptions. The station is important for southern railway because of the number 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.There are no trains starting or ending at this station.But there are a lot of trains which stop for considerable duration here.

Aluva Railway Station is situated at the Railway Station Road junction near the KSRTC Stand.The KSRTC stand hosts many buses from Ernakulam and a lot of City Low Floor buses,both A/C and non A/C.

Aluva is a beautiful place, but not as beautiful as Ernakulam, though.

See also[edit]

Location[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 26 March 2014, 10:57 am. "Home | Aluva Municipality". Aluvamunicipality.in. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Alwaye Palace Aluva - Aluva Palace Kerala". Kerala-tourism.org. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Biograby by Dr. S. Omana". Sndp.org. 1928-09-20. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  4. ^ 26 March 2014, 10:57 am. "ചരിത്രം | Aluva Municipality". Aluvamunicipality.in. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  5. ^ "Kerala". Ashextourism.com. 1999-05-13. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  6. ^ 26 March 2014, 10:57 am. "ആമുഖം | Aluva Municipality". Aluvamunicipality.in. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  7. ^ Weil, S. 2009 'The Place of Alwaye in Modern Cochin Jewish History', Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 8 (3): 319-335.
  8. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  9. ^ "Local Administration - Ernakulam District". NIC Ernakulam (Govt. of India). Retrieved 21 April 2011. 


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