About AluvaContemporaneously, Aluva is virtually the industrial hub of Kerala. It is located in the busy Ernakulum district of Kerala state of the South regions of the country.
History of AluvaMythology has it that it is the site where Lord Shiva had rested after he had taken poison and caught it in his throat. Similarly, there is also some archaeological evidence to suggest that the settlements of Aluva had existed as early as the era of 250 BC which was before the advent of Alexander the Great, a major marker in the history of the world. This settlement arose around the River Mangalappuzha which was a tributary of the great Periyar River. Gradually a thriving population grew up around the business and economy that became the hallmark of the region. Until the Independence of the country the fortunes of the settlement of Aluva were tied up with the Travancore Kingdom. In fact, Aluva was the summer seat of administration of the Travancore kings who had chosen Aluva to be their summer residence. The summer palace of the royalty was referred to as the Alwaye Palace.
The real meaning of the name Aluva was analyzed by a number of scholars and historians over the ages. Etymology suggested that the two root words were ‘Alam’ and ‘Vaa’. The alam part denoted Lord Shiva in his omnipresent invincibility. The word ‘alam’ denoted poison while the other root word was ‘Vaa’ which denoted ‘mouth’. This signifies the act of Lord Shiva in the mythological ocean churning incident where the virulent poison of the world had been stored by the Lord in his throat. It is believed that the Lord had rested in this area after the episode and it was here that a temple was consecrated to the deity. This Temple of Aluva is one of the greatest attractions to the area and it has tremendous number of pilgrims visiting during certain annual fairs and festivals like the Mahashivarathri.
Confluence of ReligionsHistorical edifices like the Thiruvairanikkulam Mahadev Temple, the citadel of the Hindu religion, in the centuries before Christ; there was the setting up of the Advaita Ashram of the most revered Swami Sree Narayanji Guru, the great thinker of Hindu philosophy in 1913; there was also the establishment of the Parish Church and the founding, in March 1927, of the congregation of the Sisters of the Destitute. Over time several changes took place. Among them were the constant influx of Muslim and traders from around the region which led to the establishment of certain beautiful mosques and Idgahs including the picturesque Aluva Masjid and the Kunjunnikara Juma Masjid.
Thus, historically, the Alavur area has had the distinctive harboring and perpetuating of several religions in its Kakkanad and Alangad region since 1341A.D. Each was embraced with impunity by the population and adopted and adapted them in a manner that they have become an intrinsic part of the culture and heritage of the region.
History of Trade and EconomyIt is also an indelible fact that the core part of the township was largely dependent upon the waterways for its transportation needs. They afforded an easily accessible form of transport for the local population especially for their locally manufactured products and raw materials including spices and others. The earliest traders had used these routes while currently there are all other forms of transport also available. In fact, the railway connectivity is the most ancient and most successful forms of transportation. The economy of the region is based on the trade and sale of spices, agricultural and coconut products as well as fine handicrafts.
Besides being a trading hub, the Aluva region has been the pilgrimage site for the teeming millions who thronged to the banks of the great Periyar river, the beaches of which are large stretches of white sands that spread for kilometers on both the sides and are dotted by a number of ancient and recent temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and other deities of the Hindu pantheon.
Places of Historical Importance in AluvaThere are a number of places of historical interest that can be visited and are of pilgrimage value in Aluva. The Uliyannur Temple is among the most significant historical landmarks of the town that is virtually steeped in history. The temple gains its name from the island on which it is situated. The island was called Uliyannur and the temple that was constructed on it took on the same name. The Island is connected with the Aluva mainland by a narrow bridge which is a one-way traffic road.
There is a renowned institution in Aluva to enter into priesthood of the Syro-Malabar order and is called the St Joseph’s Seminary at Mangalapuzha. It is a significant edifice of the Christian followers who pay deference to the beautiful building as well its well laid out landscape.
Another significant edifice is the Malayatoor St Thomas Church which is located on the Malayatoor hill top. It is believed that one of the twelve apostles of Jesus had visited and stayed long at Aluva and the church marks their advent. It is strongly believed that this is haloed ground and several miracles have been performed here. Seeing its pristine divinity, the Vatican has allotted it the status of being an international sanctuary.
The St Jude Church is also a much visited pilgrimage among the Christian and other devotees. Situated at Choondy which lies at the very edge of the Aluva settlement this ancient Catholic Church is of Latin origin and has had a number of miracles attributed to it. Earlier it had been a small shrine which has in recent times been elevated to a much larger sanctuary.
Among the temples there are a few others that have proven to be huge draws in Aluva. One of them is the prominent Thiruvaranikulam temple situated on the southern periphery of Aluva. It has a long and ancient history that has been held testimony by various archaeologists.
The Mannappuram is the stretch of wide sandy banks of the Periyar river which is the site for the celebration of ‘Shivaratri’. Lakhs congregate on these sandy banks and take a dip in the holy waters of the Periyar River.
There are some relatively modern edifices also that deserve mention. One of them is the tall building called the bank junction which is an eight-storey located in the very heart of the town. Nearby is a ten storey building and a little further off is the latest building that is twelve storey high. All these buildings are a collection that rises up from the middle of the town like a singular object of awe in the surrounding natural verdure. The smallest of the building houses the headquarters of the oldest and largest banking institutions of the region.
Another remarkable modern building is the small but most efficient international airport located near Aluva town within the precincts of the Aluva rural expanse. It can be ranked among the best international airports of the country in fact.
Geography of Aluva
Aluva is located on the long sandy stretch of the banks of the Periyar River and its tributary, the Mangalapuzzha. The total area of the Aluva suburbs is about seven square kilometers. It is situated at an elevation of around eight meters. This entire area is inhabited by a population of about twenty three thousand individuals strong. The density of the population in this area works out to be about thirty four hundred people per square kilometer.
The population is further comprised of about eleven thousand males and eleven and a half thousand females showing a positive sex ratio. The exact sex ratio is a thousand fifty females for every thousand males. The official languages of the region are Malayalam and English.
The undulating topography of the region accommodates green fields, coconut palms and soft hills – all contributing to the evergreen beauty and aesthetics of the location.
Climate of AluvaNestled in the verdure of Kerala’s greenery Aluva is a pleasant place for living throughout the calendar months. The monsoon months of May to August, however, are the most wet and humid and the forest areas are muddy. slippery and inhospitable. There would be no scope of venturing out for sightseeing and enjoying the natural or historic beauty of the region during these months. Therefore, it is best to avoid visiting the Aluva area during these months of the monsoon. While the region is at its greenest during these months of the monsoon but it is not conducive to comfortable travel and one tends to be waterlogged in the outdoors if adequate care is not taken. Besides the humidity can get to be stifling for those not used to it although it is comparatively mild.
The other two seasons besides the monsoon are the summer and the winter. The summer comprises the months of March, April and May. During these months the weather is no where near being extremely hot as it is merely a tolerable hot and humid weather zone. A trip can be easily planned to the area even during these months as the heat and humidity is at a tolerable level. However, as the temperature and humidity combine, the trip can be sticky and stifling sometimes.
Best Time to Visit AluvaThe winter is the best time to enjoy this delightful niche of the South. The temperatures are moderate and the entire environment is welcoming and conducive to travelling through the entire area. The days are normally eleven and a half hours long providing ample time for all forms of outdoors activities like walking, trekking, boating, or simply browsing through the quaint markets and producer groups of various handicrafts including a variety of handlooms.
During the winter months the sunrise is normally around a quarter to seven a.m and the sun sets at about a quarter past 6 p.m.
The best time to visit Aluva, thus, in the entire calendar year is during the months of September, October and November.
Aluva provides a such a getaway that is environmentally and ecologically rich for the nature lover and also has much to attract in terms of religious, historic and even cultural tourism.
Music Classes in AluvaAluva has training center and classes for music that are spread all over the city. People of this place are great lover of music and even the children opt it for a professional carrier. Aluva has great music history that holds its ruins from ancient period. Music is the best way to be connected with nature and a best element to get rid of frustration and workload. Therefore, several students prefer music as their profession and go to the available music classes for music training. Some of the top music classes and academies in Aluva are Tulip Musics, Rhythm Musicals, Nila Padana Kendram, Celestial Orchestra & School of Music, Viji Musics and Nadham Orchestra & School Of Music. These music classes provide music training to people of every age group. The music centers provide trainings on vocal music, classical music, ancient music, training on various music instruments, etc. Moreover, there are several individual music teachers who provide home coaching. Music lovers in Aluva can locate their nearest music classes in their locality. Details of all the music classes in Aluva are as follows:
List of Music Classes in Aluva
School Of Music
Ernakulam - 683101
Phone No.: 0484 2627767 / 0484 2627767
Ernakulam - 683101
Phone No.: 9947948458 / 9947948458
Bridge Road, Aluva
Ernakulam - 683101
Phone No.: 9387705465 / 04843127270
J.J. Tower, Masjid Road, Government Hospital Junction
Aluva, Kochi - 683101
Phone No.: 04846051516
Nila Padana Kendram
Jj Towers, Aluva Branch Ashokapuram
Masjid Road, Kunnathery Thikavu, Aluva - 683101
Phone No.: 08086500700
Nadham Orchestra & School Of Music
2nd Flr,Kap Cmplx, Rs Rd
Aluva, Ernakulam - 683101
Phone No.: 484-2627767
Nila Music Academy
J J. Towers, Gov Hospital Junction
Near Govt Hospital, Aluva, Ernakulam - 683101
Phone No.: 9495887808
Celestial Orchestra & School Of Music
M.K.Towers, Aluva Road
Aluva, Ernakulam - 687235
Phone No.: 484-2453563
Madhava Smruthi, Chithra Lane
Aluva, Kochi – 683101
Kochi - 683101
Phone No.: 09947862120
Market Rd, Periyar Nagar
Aluva, Kochi - 683101
Phone No.: 09744413441
Shobha Cassettes And Cds
Pariyarath Building, Aluva - Munnar Road
Bypass Junction, Periyar Nagar, Aluva, Kochi - 683101
Phone No.: 09745896311
How to Reach AluvaAluva is well connected by air, railway, water and road routes. Opting for travelling by air, the international airport of Aluva is located a mere twelve kilometers from the main town.
By train the Aluva railway junction has the maximum number of trains connecting it to the main cities of the south as well as the rest of the country.
Over water, the town is connected by a number of rivulets and backwaters routes that take the visitor to and from the main townships to the surrounding areas.
Reaching by road is a convenient form of travel to Aluva.
There are a number of government run and private run services of buses and taxis that take the travelers along the national and state highways to and from Aluva. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has a number of buses in various categories which are reasonably priced.
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