3 mi) away from the river Periyar, Aluva is one of the major industrial centers in the state.  a major transportation hub, with easy access to any or all major kinds of transportation, Aluva acts as a corridor which links the highland districts to the remainder of the state. Aluva is accessible through rail (Aluva Railway Station), air (Cochin International Airport) and metro (Kochi Metro).  Today, while a part of the Kochi urban agglomeration, Aluva is AN autonomous municipality, its civic administration conducted by Aluva Municipal Council. Aluva is a major transportation hub with easy access to all major modes of transportation and serves as a corridor connecting high areas to the rest of the state. The Marthanda Varma Bridge offers a good view of Aluva. St. The Shiva Temple in Aluva is located on the sandbank between the tributary Mangalappuzha and the Periyar River. The Marthanda Varma Bridge was built by Marthanda Varma Ilaiyaraja, the great King of Travancore who is considered the founder of modern Travancore. Trains from all major stations have stops at Aluva Railway Station. KSRTC buses connect the city to the rest of Kerala.