The Shiva Temple in Aluva is located on the sand bank that lies between the tributary Mangalappuzha and the Periyar River. The Mahadeva Temple (Shiva Temple) is only about one km from the famous Marthanda Varma Bridge. Peculiarity about this temple is that the Shiva lingam is not installed inside the temple. It is said that a Shivalinga was created by Lord Parsurama on the sand banks of the river. It is believed that the Shiva Lingam installed here in Aluva Manal Puram (land with sand) was worshipped by the Lord Rama himself.
There are many other temples on the opposite side of the bank including The Sree Krishna - Balarama temple, Ayyappa temple and Adwaitha Ashramam. The Aluva palace, a real architectural marvel, is also located on the other side of the sand bank. The temple here is famous for its Mahasivarathri celebrations and also for its architecture and location.