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COCHIN is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula.

COCHIN is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula.
COCHIN(KOCHI) is situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala and South India.From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate.COCHIN and KOCHI are used interchangeably since they refer to the same place. Kochi is the original name of the city, while Cochin is the colonial name.

Kerala's prime tourist destination(COCHIN) between Arabian Sea,Backwaters and the Western Ghats.

Kerala's prime tourist destination(COCHIN) between  Arabian Sea,Backwaters and the Western Ghats.

ERNAKULAM DISTRICT KERALA INDIA

ERNAKULAM DISTRICT KERALA INDIA
Ernakulam district is one of the most developed districts of Kerala. Formed by the two princely states of Travancore and Cochin and the British Malabar, Ernakulam is blessed with a wonderful culture and grandeur. Being the commercial hub of Kerala, all the major developments in the fields of industry, transportation and IT happen here. The fact that Ernakulam is the first district in the whole country to have cent percent literacy is a direct indicator of the enviable educational standards of its inhabitants. The tourist places and pilgrim centers here completes its uniqueness

Thursday, February 21, 2008

ALWAYE(ALUVA)NEW COCHIN KERALA INDIA an Emerging Tourist Destination

Aluva Shivrathri

The celebration of Sivarathri at the Siva temple at Aluva on the sand bank of River Periyar is attended with great eclat. Here the Lingom (idol) of Siva rises out of the sand on the bank of the river. The sand bank is extensive and the pilgrims running into several thousands congregate here. People belonging to all classes, castes and creeds assemble for this festival, some for worship, some for merchandise and some for sightseeing.There are rows of sheds built where merchants exhibit every kind of merchandise for sale.
THE FEDERAL BANK LIMITED CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS BANK JUNCTION ALWAYE COCHIN

The Head Office of The largest old generation private sector bank is at Aluva. It is a set of eight stories buildings situated at the heart of the town which came to be called the bank junction. There is another building some metres away from the current one which is ten floored. They have also managed to build a twelve stories flat which currently is the largest building in the town.
ALWAYE(Aluva)is just 13 km away from Cochin International Airport
ALWAYE is a health sanitorium/resort sleepy secular satelite township of COCHIN is strategically located on National Highway 47.

ALWAYE(ALUVA) serves as a important junction. It serves as a transit point to the following four towns in Ernakulam district - Angamaly to the North , Kalamassery to the south , North Paravur to the west and Perumbavoor to the east. North of Angamali on NH 47 is Trichur which goes to Palllakad , Coimbatore,Salem and Bangalore. East of Perumbavoor is Munnar a prominent Hill Station.West of Paravur is Exotic CHERAI Beach in Vypeen Island.
ALWAYE(Aluva)Mannapuram (Land with sand)Siva Temple
(21 km from Kochi) Famous for the Sivaratri Festival held annually, this temple at first glance, looks unfinished. But a closer look shows that the angles are brilliantly conceived and the pillars are positioned in such a way to give the illusion of being incomplete.The temple is located on the banks of the river Periyar in Aluva. The temple stands distinct as the Sivalinga or the idol of Lord Siva is not enshrined on any Pagoda. It stands alone on the vast sand banks of the river Periyar.Literally Sivarathri means the 'Night of Siva'. According to legends, the Gods and Demons were jointly churning the Sea of Milk ( Palazhi) to extract Amruth (the elixir of immortality) using Vasuki (the Serpent god) as a rope. During the rigorous task, Vasuki spewed out a lethal venom which could destroy the cosmos. Lord Siva is believed to have swallowed the venom in order to save the world. In grateful remembrance, devotees keep awake throughout the Sivarathri night. In Kerala, the most important Sivarathri celebration is at Aluva and this year it falls on 14th of February.On the night of Sivarathri pilgrims keep awake and recitie the puranas and in the early morning perform Vavubali in honour of their forefathers. A fair is also organised for a month from the Sivarathri day.daily Ezhunnallippu of the deity atop a caparisoned elephant, a procession known as Dikvijayam is conducted on the third and fourth days, and pallivetta ceremony on the fifth day. The festival concludes with the Aarattu known as Thapotsavam.

Hotel Periyaar Ltd.
Near Marthanda Varma Bridge
Alwaye - 683 101, Cochin, Kerala
Tel. : +91-484-2625024, 2625667, 2620832, 2620835
Fax : +91-484-2620831
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Hotel Periyar is situated on the right bank of the river; the hotel’s courtyards are washed clean by the waters of the river. She was recently upgraded to a three star budget hotel conforming to international standards. Nestled besides the scenic river Periyar, she offers beautifully appointed rooms with all modern amenities to beckoning tourists and business men alike. Her restaurant set in scenic ambience is a treasure trove for the gourmet, just waiting to be discovered. Such finesse in accommodation is complimented with high service values.
Together we offer the most impressible host of services to our guest. In the mornings, you can have your breakfast elegantly served on the balcony of your room overlooking the river, have your lunch at the Cocogroove restaurant which serves the finest of Indian and continental dishes, in the evening you can chill out at the Regal bar well appointed to colonial settings, and enjoy a candle light dinner in our coconut groove restaurant...if these things fail to spoil you, we have a host of nearby locations to serve every mood


St.Thomas Church situated on the top of the Malayatoor hill






Another famous pilgrim centre close to Aluva is the Malayatoor St.Thomas Church situated on the top of the Malayatoor hill. There will be great celebrations on the Sunday after Easter when the pilgrims from different areas come together and climb the hill (I had been trying to climb it for a long time, but I always end up drinking soda after half the way and coming back).

It is believed that one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, St. Thomas, the only one to have visited India is believed to have spent many days in prayer on the top of this hill. Actually, this is the only shrine in India which has been given the status an international sanctuary by the Vatican. It also comes under Aluva taluk.

CIAL or COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIMITED


COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is only ten minute drive from Aluva ( the air port area is still comes under Aluva Taluk)It is one of the best international airports in India, not only because of the size, but also because of the style in which it is built.(THE FAMOUS GURUVAYOOR TEMPLE)

A CANOE ON THE BANKS OF ALWAYE'S FAMOUS PERIYAR RIVER


During Shivaratri these canoes take passenger mainly tourists and pilgrim from ALWAYE town to the Shivaratri Manal Puram (Land with Sand)
ALWAYE RIVER OR THE PERIYAR RIVER

Alwaye has actually once significantly figured in history. When Tipu Sultan was camping near the Alwaye River during his Travancore invasion and had his horses and men washed away in the sudden floods effectively ending his campaign. If that hadn’t happened, probably the history of Kerala would’ve been much different.

SHIVA(Shiv) The Hindu God of Destruction

In Kerala the month of Kumbham is noted for the Sivarathri festival which falls in February -March.It falls on a moonless February night, when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction.The festival is observed for one day and one night only.The celebration of Sivarathri at the Siva temple at Aluva on the sand bank of River Periyar is attended with great eclat. Here the Lingom (idol) of Siva rises out of the sand on the bank of the river. The sand bank is extensive and the pilgrims running into several thousands congregate here. People belonging to all classes, castes and creeds assemble for this festival, some for worship, some for merchandise and some for sightseeing.There are rows of sheds built where merchants exhibit every kind of merchandise for sale. There are shows, dances etc. meant for keeping the pilgrims awake throughout the night. In addition to the observance of Shivratri rites, most of the pilgrims offer Bali (sacrifice) to their ancestors in the morning succeeding the holy night.
A picture of ALWAYE PALACE the summer retreat of the Maharaja of Travancore from the Manal Puram.

Take a backwater ferry from Cochin. Stay at the high ceilinged tourist bungalow, former palace of a king. Watch the sunset over shallow Periyar river, scene of the great Shivarathri festival in spring.This is one of the finest palaces in Kerala imposing over the Periyar River Banks has beautiful circular verandahs that overlook the Periyar River.

Alwaye Palace

The Summer Retreat of the Maharaja(King) of Travancore State.The Palace is now being used a Tourist Home as well as a Govement Guest Home.It ranks as one of the most frequented resorts in the state.
Alwaye is famous for the Aluva Sivarathri festival at Manal Puram (land with sand)


Sivarathri celebrated in Aluva, a place in Ernakulam district of Kerala, south India is called the Aluva Sivarathri festival. The celebration of Sivarathri in Aluva is very famous in Kerala. The month of Kumbham is noted for the Sivarathri festival which falls in February - March.Aluva is as much a quaint and interesting town as it is a strategic one. Communal amity and economic well being are the characteristic hallmarks of this wonderful place. It is located 12 km from the Cochin International Airport. Aluva also is the home for the Advaitha Ashramam. It is also the headquarters of the Federal Bank, a large Private Bank in India. Aluva is famous for the Kings palace (Travancore),which was a favourite of many movie directors of the state, till recently,when the archeological department imposed certain restrictions for the use in films.Aluva serves as a transit point to the following four towns in Ernakulam district - Angamaly to the North , Kalamassery to the south , North Paravur to the west and Perumbavoor to the east
A view of the Aluva Manal Puram - land with sand from the Alwaye Palace(TRAVANCORE)Kingdom

Periyar is the longest river of Kerala originating from MUNNAR.Aluva Sivaratri festival is held during February-March at the Siva temple which could be seen on the other side of the Periyar river. The place is known as Aluva Manal Puram - land with sand. Pilgrims offer bali (sand) to their ancestors in the morning following the holy night.Legend has it that in this Manal Puram, Shri Rama offered Bali (sacrifice) to Jatayyu, the eagle who died while trying to save Sita, Rama’s wife from the clutches of Ravana who kidnapped her and was flying to his kingdom at Lanka (now known as Sri Lanka
ALWAYE(ALUVA)COCHIN(KOCHI)is surrounded by tourist places and it may be the best place to stay and visit different places because of the easy access through the river Periyar.Its most commonly known by its older name ’’Alwaye’’.ALWAYE got its name from the Banyan tree's(Allu maram) that were widespread throughout this sleepy town.Being surrounded by Periyar means that all parts of Aluva is out of any water crisis. The water from Aluva is even taken to some of the Cochin areas. Periyar, being the second largest river in Kerala does not manage to become dry at any occasion.Not only the river is the major factor of Aluva’s development. Aluva is quite close to Cochin and surrounded by a number of towns. Aluva is now in the International aviation map as it is the nearest town to the (Cochin) International Airport
Aluva was also called the industrial capital of Kerala because of the large number of industries situated there. Once again, Periyar may be the major reason for that too
THE HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE
Aluva has got some memorable places to visit, especially on the outskirts. The Uliyannur Temple, said to be built by the famous carpenter Perunthachan is one of the most historical landmarks in the town. It is said that he had an important part in Aluva’s history.

The temple is located on an island called Uliyannur which was connected to Aluva with a bridge. The way to reach there is a bit twisted as it is a small one-way bridge with a large number of turns as it goes across Periyar. It is too narrow that my friend’s Accent managed to hit its side and damage the bumper.

St. Joseph’s Seminary at Mangalapuzha, on the outskirts of the town is a famous institution for the candidates for Priesthood under the the Syro-Malabar Church. This place also has a long history and a large number of students attend the classes here. The seminary got a large amount of area inside it and it got a fair amount of natural beauty inside along with a big, well-built church in it.
COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is only ten minute drive from Aluva ( the air port area is still comes under Aluva Taluk)It is one of the best international airports in India, not only because of the size, but also because of the style in which it is built.(THE FAMOUS GURUVAYOOR TEMPLE)

Another famous pilgrim centre close to Aluva is the Malayatoor St.Thomas Church situated on the top of the Malayatoor hill. There will be great celebrations on the Sunday after Easter when the pilgrims from different areas come together and climb the hill (I had been trying to climb it for a long time, but I always end up drinking soda after half the way and coming back).

It is believed that one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, St. Thomas, the only one to have visited India is believed to have spent many days in prayer on the top of this hill. Actually, this is the only shrine in India which has been given the status an international sanctuary by the Vatican. It also comes under Aluva taluk.

Who can forget the famous Aluva Shivrathri? On the banks of the river Periyar, large number of people comes from different parts of the state comes here and a lots of traders also will be there. There are large number of rumours about the temple built on the sands. But there has been some problems on the banks due to sand mining in Periyar. I think that the situation got better now.
The Head Office of The largest old generation private sector bank is at Aluva. It is a set of eight stories buildings situated at the heart of the town which came to be called the bank junction. There is another building some metres away from the current one which is ten floored. They have also managed to build a twelve stories flat which currently is the largest building in the town.

St.Jude Church is another famous pilgrim centre. It actually is a Latin Catholic Church situated at Choondy, on the edge of Aluva. A large number of people comes to the place as a number of miracles are believed to have occured there. The shrine is now modified as it can hold a large number of people these days.

Thiruvairanikulam temple is another famous temple located south of Aluva. I had a lot of difficulties in writing that name in English! The temple is well-built and the legends behind the temple is very long and stretched. The temple adds to the heritage of Aluva and the whole country as a whole. There are many devotees as well as archeologist visiting the temple every day.
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