Aluva is one of the important railway stations in Greater Kochi situated in Ernakulam district and also the second busiest station in the Indian state of Kerala in terms of number of trains after Thrissur Railway Station. It is an A grade station under Thiruvananthapuram railway division. It lies in the Shoranur-Kochi Harbour section of Thiruvananthapuram railway division.
Aluva is an important halting stop for all passenger trains passing through the region except Rajadhani Express and a few super fast trains. This is a convenient station to alight for passengers traveling to Kalamassery, North Paravur, Perumbavoor, Moovattupuzha and Munnar. It also serves passengers to and from Kochi International Airport. Aluva station boasts of being the busiest railway station in the entire Kochi metropolitan area, surpassing the North and South railway stations in the heart of the city. This is because irrespective of Kottayam/Alappuzha route, most trains stop here, while it is not the case with North(for Kottayam-bound trains) and South(for trains towards Alappuzha) stations.
Aluva railway station has 3 platforms to handle long distance and passenger trains and 1 platform to handle cargo. There is one entrance presently a secondary entrance is being planned
Aluva railway station is a high revenue earning station for Thiruvananthapuram rail division. In the financial year 2011-12 it earned 320749989 rupees, the highest after Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Junction, Thrissur, Ernakulam North, Kollam Junction and Kottayam, which are stations located at any of the District Headquarters in the state.
Aluva (formerly Alwaye), is second biggest town of Greater Cochin City in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, India which is also considered as the Industrial and Commercial City of Kochi. Located on the River Periyar, Aluva is the industrial epicenter of the state. 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. Cochin International Airport Limited – CIAL at Nedumbassery, is 11.7 km away from Aluva. Aluva is more famous for its accessibility through Rail (Aluva Railway Station), Air (CIAL Airport) and Metro (Kochi Metro Rail Limited).
Aluva, home to the summer residency of the Travancore royal family – the Alwaye Palace – 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. 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.Villages from Mukundapuram,Kanayannur,Kunathunad and North Paravur taluks were combined together to form Aluva Taluk in 1956.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.
Archaeologists have found evidence of settlements in Aluva as far back as 250 BC. 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. 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.
Some Trains Originate and passes through Aluva railway station:
18568:Kollam Visakhapatnam Express
12978:Maru Sagar Express
16127:Chennai Egmore Guruvayur Express