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HARIVIHAR AYURVEDA HERITAGE HOMESTEAD

India | Kerala | Calicut
Harivihar, abode of the divine, is a former royal manor house built in 1850 by the Calicut royal family. It offers unparalleled experience of staying in a heritage ambience and benefit from the goodness of authentic ayurveda.
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ROYAL ABODE OF DIVINE

Zuzana Zwiebel

Dr.Sri Kumar and his wife Dr.Neetha, inherited, restored and turn this 170 years royal house into ayurveda homestead. Here is the story.

Dr.Sri Kumar is a doctor of neurology and his wife Dr.Neetha is doctor of dermatology. Although they practise western modern medicine, they believe in the wisdom of traditional ayurvedic heritage to which they had been exposed as children and it was always part of family tradition. 

Dr.Sri Kumar visited Harivihar, royal manor-house built around 1850 by the Kadathanad royal family, for the first time in 2000. His father in law asked him to demolish the it and build the new house there instead. However, after visiting it, he decided to preserve it. With only family resources, it took him almost two years to finish the restoration. He decide to restore not only historical legacy of the place, but also dedicate it to traditional medicine ayurveda. The ayurveda treatments at Harivihar are done under the aegis of Kerala’s reputed ayurveda group Sakalya.

 

Zuzana Zwiebel
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Even though, Dr.Sri Kumar and his wife Dr.Neetha, are modern medicine specialists, they always wanted Harivihar to be a place, which promotes traditional Indian knowledge and culture to people all over the world.

In Harivihar, all types of rejuvenative and curative ayurveda treatments are offered under the aegis of Kerala’s reputed ayurveda group Sakalya, headed by Dr.Manoj Kumar and Dr.Valsala Devi. They are ably assisted by a team of ayurveda doctors and masseurs who are all well qualified and experienced in the field. All the ayurveda services and treatments are certified by The Government of Kerala.  

Dr.Sri Kumar

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HARIVIHAR AYURVEDA HERITAGE HOMESTEAD

Ayurveda is a divine gift to humanity

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Harivihar is a royal manor house built around 1850 by the Kadathanad royal family, who had ruled the northern parts of Kerala. The house was built according to Vasthu principles in traditional west-facing style, as was prevalent then. On the south-west side was the family temple with Durga as the presiding deity, and a large traditional pond on the north-west side with perennial water supply, was used for swimming and bathing. The house had a main block, southern wing and northern wing and there was a central courtyard separating the two wings and the main block. 

All parts of the house were reconstructed and opened for ayurveda guests in 2003. The history and the story of the house is reflecting in all the aspects of traditional and authentic ayurveda treatments offered in Harivihar. 

Dr.Sri Kumar

Ayurveda Expert
HARIVIHAR AYURVEDA HERITAGE HOMESTEAD
Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead
HARIVIHAR AYURVEDA HERITAGE HOMESTEAD

HARIVIHAR AYURVEDA HERITAGE HOMESTEAD

HARIVIHAR MEANS ABODE OF DIVINE

Harivihar is a royal manor-house built around 1850 by the Kadathanad royal family, who had ruled the northern parts of Kerala. They had built the house to facilitate their children’s’ education, which was not easily accessible in those days.The house was built according to Vasthu principles in traditional padinijitta (west-facing) style, as was prevalent then. On the south-west side was the family temple with Durga as the presiding deity, and a large traditional pond on the north-west side with perennial water supply, was used for swimming and bathing. The house had a main block, southern wing (thekkini) and northern wing (vadakkini) and there was a central courtyard separating the two wings and the main block.

In the late 1940s, Dr.K.P. Appu Nair, who was trying to establish his medical practice in Calicut, bought the house from the royal heirs. As a family owned business, Harivihar ayurveda resort was formally opened to guests from February 2003 onwards and has ever since been receiving guests from all over the world.

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

MEET DR.SRIKUMAR AND HIS FAMILY

In the year 2000 when I started off my neurology and epilepsy practice in Calicut, I visited Harivihar for the first time. My father in law had asked me to demolish the house and build our new house there in it's stead. However, after visiting Harivihar I wanted to preserve it. At that time, I had neither the idea nor the resources for any restoration. We managed to rope in my wife's sister and her husband and together we restored Harivihar. It took us nearly two years to finish the restoration. To sum up, we started Harivihar to save an old house from imminent destruction.

Even though we are modern medicine specialists, we have a healthy respect for Ayurveda to which as children we had been exposed quite well. Hence when we started Harivihar we had no doubt that this house should offer the greatest gift of Kerala – that is Ayurveda- to it's residents. We want Harivihar to be a centre which promotes traditional Indian knowledge and culture to people all over the world.

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

AYURVEDA THERAPIES & PROGRAMMES

In Harivihar, all types of rejuvenative and curative ayurveda treatments are offered under the aegis of Kerala’s reputed ayurveda group Sakalya, headed by Dr.Manoj Kumar and Dr.Valsala Devi. They are ably assisted by a team of ayurveda doctors and masseurs who are all well qualified and experienced in the field. All the ayurveda services and treatments are certified by The Government of Kerala.  

Regarded as one of the best panchakarma resorts in Kerala, Harivihar does rejuvenative and curative treatments. Various diseases like arthritis, low back pains of different causes, obesity, stress, anxiety, headaches etc are treated here with good results. Various packages from 3 to 21 days are on offer, depending on your requirement. Apart from disease specific treatments, Harivihar also does detoxification and rejuvenation treatments to boost your immunity and improve your vitality.

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

YOGA & MEDITATION

Harivihar offers basic and advanced training of yoga. The training is done by established yoga teachers with vast experience in this field. The yoga master is Yogacharya Sri Gopalakrishnan of Sivananda school of Yoga, which is widely acclaimed as one of the prominent Yoga institutes in the world. The systems and methods of conducting the sessions are based on the basic principles propagated by Swami Sivanada.

Yogacharya Gopalakrishnan is a highly respected personality who has been tirelessly working for the cause of yoga for the last 35 years. He is an internationally affiliated teacher with the Sivananda Yogasram. He is a disciple of His Holiness Swami Sivanada (Devine life society Rishikesh, Himalayas) and is specially trained in Yoga therapy for specific problems like diabetes, stress, backpain etc.

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

AYURVEDA DIET

What we eat and drink plays an important role in our well-being. It is not only what we eat, but the way we eat, the surroundings in which we eat, the internal condition during the time of consumption and even the attitude of the person who prepares the food are significant. According to ayurveda incorrect food habits is the main physical causative factor of diseases

There is no standard diet for everyone, or any minimum daily requirements. Its concern is that the food we take in and the way we take it, are in harmony with our individual body constitution and that it should be adjustable for seasonal variations as well as for various stages of an individual’s life. "We are what we eat" holds a lot of truth here…

Harivihar ayurveda resort is committed to ayurveda wellness and hence the cuisine is in tune with the Ayurveda philosophy.The emphasis is on vegetarian food and we do not serve eggs, fish or meat. Likewise alcoholic beverages are avoided and smoking is discouraged.

Harivihar offers a well-crafted menu that borrows heavily from local cuisine, but with influences from various other states of India as well as from the West. The cuisine is delicately spiced and flavoured and at the same time they are delicious, nourishing and light. Guests have the opportunity to freely interact with our cook in the kitchen and learn from him.

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

LIVING SPACE

Harivihar, literally means abode of the divine, is a 170 year old painstakingly restored royal heritage homestead located in Calicut, the old seaport city in Kerala through which Vasco de Gama entered the fabled Indies. It offers the unparalleled experience of staying in a heritage ambience and benefit from the healing of ayurveda.

Harivihar has just five double rooms, all with twin beds. Being a homestead, each room is different and all rooms come with bathrooms with all modern amenities. The rooms are big and well ventilated and have period and antique furniture. There are huge common rooms and verandahs, where one could sit in the planters chair with a book and listen to the birdsong!

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

THE HERITAGE OF GOD'S OWN COUNTRY

You will never forget evening chanting of Bhagavat Gita in the inner garden of the house, facing Holi Tulsi plants front by Ramani, lady from the neighbour. Traditional philosophy and art is part of the daily life in Harivihar. 

Apart from being a center of excellence in Ayurveda and yoga, Harivihar also does its bit in promoting traditional art forms of Kerala which are facing an existential crisis. We write about them in our blogs and articles so that they get more exposure, we help them in getting clients and we also conduct programmes in house, whenever possible. You can experience Pulluvan Pattu (form of snake worship done either in temples or houses), Kalari Payatu performance (world's oldest martial art), Thiruvathirakali (group dance performed by the ladies on the auspicious day of Thiruvathira, the birth day of Lord Shiva), Theyyams and Thiras (800 year old ritualistic festival performed in a kaavu (grove) or temple premisesbetween the months of December to March), Kathakali (theatre performance synthesizes music, vocals, choreography and hand and facial gestures together to express ideas) or you can meet local artists from neighbour, who will be happily introduced by Dr.Sri Kumar.

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

CALICUT - THE PORT OF HISTORY

Kozhikode, called as Calicut by the English (name derived from Calico, plain-woven unbleached cotton textile), is the oldest city in North Kerala. It was a bustling port city from the 11th century, famed for its export of spices,mainly pepper and cardamom as well as timber. In the 11th and 12th centuries, the Chinese and the Arabs and from the 14th century, the Portugese followed by the English had established trade contact with Calicut. The list of travelers who visited Calicut include Ibn Batuta from Morocco (1342-1347), Abdul Razack from Persia (1442), Ma Huan from China and Vasco de Gama in 1498. Vasco de Gama landed first in a place called Kappad (Panthalayini), about 14 kilometres away from Calicut and it was he who opened the sea trade with Europe, finally leading to the colonization of India.

Calicut was ruled by the Zamorins from the 11th century. They were benevolent rulers and gave main thrust on trade and commerce. Teak wood from the Nilambur hills would be transported to Calicut through the river Chaliyar and be shipped to foreign destinations. Likewise, pepper and cardamom from the Wayanadan hills would be first brought to Calicut for transfer to other destinations.

Calicut is now a busy city with its past lying buried for discerning people to uncover.

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Harivihar Ayurveda Heritage Homestead

KERALA LITERATURE FESTIVAL

If you visit Calicut in January, do not miss Kerala Literature Festival, the second largest cultural gathering and the fastest growing literature festival in the continent.

Set along the shores of the Arabian Sea by the beaches of Calicut, the KLF offers something for just about every age and interest, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment, and discussion. Every year, the festival presents an array of the best artists, actors, celebrities, writers, thinkers, and activists closer to people by engaging in meaningful discussions on literature, art, cinema, culture, dance, music, environment, science, and technology. Fireside chats at night with a plethora of the biggest acts and performing artists from around the world make up the cultural nights at KLF. From carnatic concerts to progressive rock bands, from kijote kathakali to larissa, classical and flamenco dance performances, to puppet shows and theatre, the entertainment quotient reaches unprecedented heights at KLF, always. KLF remains open to the public, non-exclusive and open platform for discussions and idea exchanges.

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