Kms from Ernakulam (Kochi), Aluva (Alwaye) is located on the banks of
the Periyar river. The Shivarathri festival celebrated here during March/April
every year, is a colourful and crowded affair with vendors selling their
wares and devotees staying awake the whole night in prayer to pay homage
to their ancestors. One of the main attractions in Alwaye is the Alwaye
Palace which is situated on the banks of the Periyar river. The old palace
building, with beautiful circular verandas overlooking the river is now
used as a Guest House.