Harivihar which literally means abode of the divine is a 170 year old painstakingly restored royal heritage homestead and Ayurveda resort in Kerala, India. Situated in Calicut, part of the historic Malabar province, Harivihar is a lifestyle wellness house, offering its guests the unparalleled experience of staying in a heritage ambience and benefit from the goodness of Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies as well as Yoga, two great contributions of India to mankind. Harivihar Ayurveda resort is a Green leaf accredited center of excellence for Ayurveda treatments and Panchakarma therapies in Kerala. Harivihar has been catering since its inception in 2003, to well-heeled international travelers desirous of staying in an exclusive and royal heritage accommodation in Kerala. Regarded as one of the best Ayurveda resorts in Kerala, Harivihar offers its guests the unparalleled experience of living in a heritage royal manor surrounded by a verdant and serene landscape. The fact that as a homestead it has received the prestigious Green Leaf accreditation – the highest honor from the Government of Kerala for authentic Ayurveda – makes Harivihar unique. Add to this courses in Yoga, delicious vegetarian cuisine, occasional performances of traditional Kerala art forms, delightful drives to the splendid beaches and hills in and around Calicut and it becomes clear why Harivihar is a place like no other.
Harivihar is also open to discerning guests who wish to stay and experience the charms of an ancient Hindu house of Malabar region in Kerala and explore Calicut, one of the oldest cities in Kerala with a colorful and rich past. Being a homestead, guests are treated as one of the family and they are exposed to the culture and traditions which are part of the region. While guests on Ayurveda may need to stay for a minimum duration depending on their treatment package, guests who are not on Ayurveda could stay from two nights on wards. The hosts at Harivihar are a couple of post graduate doctors, passionate about hospitality, Dr Srikumar and Dr.Neetha Srikumar. They would be interacting with you daily and shall assist you, with the help of their able staff, to plan your time in Calicut.
Accommodation @ Harivihar
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!
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 3to 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.
Yoga is a life of self-discipline based on the tenets of simple living and high thinking. Regular practice of yoga will help attain happiness and inner peace of mind. Harivihar is a center of excellence for yoga and meditation therapies. Gopalji, our ever smiling and affable yoga teacher has more than thirty years of experience in Sivananda yoga. Usual yoga timings are from 7-8.30 a.m.
Dining- 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.
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.
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Harivihar was home away from home. The quality of food was one of its kind. The owner took care of us as if we are the members of the family. We wish them luck and success and will be in touch. We will certainly visit again probably to your new property.
We spent a great time in your warm ,cozy&friendly house. Thank you for the family feeling that we had. Harivihar is a great place to rest ,restore body & mind, enjoying beautiful nature , relations with nice people . Thank you so much for all that you do every day... Love & Kisses
Thank you so much to the Harivihar team for making our stay so pleasant & comfortable .you work truly as a team and appreciate Dr.Srikumar and Dr.Neetha’s vision for the little paradise & making that vision in to a reality.please continue to build your great team & approach to creating wellbeing .finally , thank you to the Sakalya hospital staff for taking care of us so well! Harivihar is a “home away home”...
Hidden gem We stayed here one night on our way to Kannur. It is a great place! Lovingly restored old building, very nice staff, great cooking. And a big lawn with chairs to just sit and relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Birdsong all around, mongooses walking through the garden. If you are looking for a rest in a characterful place while being looked after with care, do go here!...
Simply Amazing If you have a heart, I challenge you to not fall in love with this place. It’s not a hotel, it’s not a resort. It’s was a home away from my own, where I came to stay for a week. Amith, corresponded with us initially to confirm our bookings and airport transfers. He answered all our questions and concerns. The food is cooked with love by Achu, and is pure soul food. Want Genuine home-styled hospitality? Book at HariVihar. You won’t be disappointed. As I said in the start, I challenge you not to fall in love with this place...
A little bit of paradise tucked into a bustling city We came to Harivihar for a week of cleansing and relaxation and we certainly achieved that. We had an Ayurvedic treatment everyday, as well as cleansing medicines that had been personally prescribed to us by the doctors there. We really loved our time at Harivihar and would recommend anyone on a budget, looking for the Ayurveda/Yoga experience to consider staying here...
Just back from a 21 day stay at Harivahar Heritage House on an ayuvedic package to treat a nerve condition. Being there in September it was out of season and very quiet, perfect for me to relax. All procedures started the day after my arrival with one hour daily massage and one hour daily yoga class with Gopala, an excellent teacher and by the end of the stay a good friend. I had never used yoga practice before and he was very patient with me. Learnt so much from him not only the exercises but the philosophy of yoga practice. A truly relaxing and worthwhile stay and I was sad to leave....
We enjoyed for several days the extraordinary spirit and atmosphere of this place. The old family mansion has been renovated by Dr. Srikumar and his wife with great taste and love for the detail. You enter and you are in a different world! The aryuvedic cuisine is excellent. Yoga sessions are offered each morning. Dr. Srikumar and his wife are very kind hosts and we loved the interesting conversation with them. If you travel through Wayanad and Kerala this is a place certainly not to be missed!...
Favourite Since our first visit to Harivihar, we have become regulars here. This was our 6th visit to Harivihar. We love the ambience of the place. The large, well kept rooms and bathrooms are always very well maintained with high levels of cleanliness and hygiene. This time we were treated to an excellent fare of vegetarian treats by a new chef. The welcome 'sadhya' lunch was a lavish spread of Kerala delicacies. The dinner time spread too was excellent. The hosts and their team never dissapoint. For us Harivihar is a home away from home...
The science of Ayurveda, was inspired and developed by the great masters and seers of ancient India. The origin of Ayurveda and Yoga have common roots and play a highly complementary role in spiritual evolution and the maintenance of physical wellbeing and vitality. Ayurveda is the oldest science of life, a system of diet, healing and health maintenance that is deeply spiritual in origin. Unlike western medicine ,Ayurveda is not confined to the healing of diseases in a superficial treatment of symptoms. Instead, it evaluates the complete body and mind of the individual.
Ayurveda is focused on treating the root cause of the illness by balancing the three doshas (bio- energy forces) of the body back to a natural balance of optimum wellbeing. True balance is only possible through a holistic approach where physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors is taken into account.
Ayurveda is a way of life that has a history of 5000 years. Western medicine is symptomatic whereas Ayurveda looks at the root cause of the condition. In Ayurveda, holistic medicine is a wholesome approach for cure.
An allopathic approach for a condition is to check the body symptoms and prescribe medicine whereas in Ayurveda a detailed history, on the root causes of the condition is analyzed and focused to eliminate.
According to Ayurveda the Roga (disease) and the Rogi( patient) is looked at individually and a tailor made treatment plan is formed. The dosha( bio – energy forces) of the patient is identified and then the treatment is prescribed. A Vata type of headache is addressed differently than a Kapha prone one. There is no one method/ medicine that fits all in Ayurveda. Kerala, the land of Ayurveda offers several ayurvedapackages ,rejuvenative and curative.
Monsoon is recognized as the best time for receiving Ayurveda treatment packages in Kerala. Rejuvenation and detoxification treatments are mainly recommended in the time of monsoon. Monsoon – the season when the air is fragrant with the scent of the rain; the grass is greenest with each blade glistening in the sun; the flowers brightest and full of smiles; the sky thick and dark with the clouds, with an occasional lightning illuminating the landscape.Monsoon is probably one of the most romantic seasons in Kerala. You have days of down pour followed by days of brilliant sunshine.
The key purpose of Ayurveda is to bring balance in one`s body, mind and spirit. The type of treatment, procedures, medicines, diet etc can only be decided by analyzing ones doshas. The doctor shall test and analyze the nature of ones condition to determine the method and procedure of cure and suggest an Ayurveda treatment package for you. Treatment duration starts from 7 days and above.
The type ones dosha, lifestyle, age, mental conditions, physical factors etc are the key factors in deciding ones Ayurveda treatment.
A healthy person, as defined in SushrutaSamhita, one of the primary works on Ayurveda, is “he whose doshas are in balance, appetite is good, all tissues of the body and all natural urges are functioning properly, and whose mind, body and spirit are cheerful…”
As per the Tridosha, or the Theory of Bio-energies,the three doshas, or bio-energies found in our body are Vata,Pitta and Kapha.Vata pertains to air and ether elements. This energy is generally seen as the force, which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination.Kapha pertains to water and earth elements. Kapha is responsible for growth and protection. The mucosal lining of the stomach and the cerebral-spinal fluid that protects the brain and spinal column are examples of kapha. Pitta pertains to fire and water elements. This dosha governs metabolism, e.g., the transformation of foods into nutrients. Pitta is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue systems.
Kerala Ayurvedic treatment is broadly of two types, Panchakarmam and Shamanam. Shamanam is a treatment that purges the disease and its symptoms through Kshut (fasting), Tritnigraham (restriction of fluids), Vyayamam (exercise), Atapaseva (sun rays), MarutaSeva (breeze of air), along with herbal medicines.If toxins in the body accumulate, then a cleansing process known as Panchakarma is recommended to purge these unwanted toxins. This five fold purification therapy is a classical form of treatment in Ayurveda. Ayurveda treatment packages in Kerala offers very distinct treatment modalities like njavarakizhy and pizhichil ,which are practiced only in Kerala.
Ayurveda has a distinct food culture which stresses the unity among the three principle humours of the body – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The humours, responsible for all the physical and mental functions are derived from the elements of nature – ether, air, fire, water and earth. The food in the form of various rasa/ tastes is also made from these five elements. A balance has to be struck between the five elements of the body and the five elements of the food we eat. During an Ayurveda treatment package, the diet is formed in such a way that your body is thoroughly analyzed and the diet is formed to balance the elements of nature in your body.
Most foods are neutral in energy and have mild properties. Condiments and spices have more pronounced effects, like the healing nature of ginger and garlic. For this reason it is only when consumed regularly that the capacity of most of foods to aggravate the biological humours comes out. We do not have to avoid all the foods to aggravate our constitution, but we do have to be careful of taking many of them on a regular basis.
Even though Ayurvedic medicines are organic and herbal in nature, one should be very careful in avoiding self medication without the consent of the doctor. Detailed diagonosis of ones ‘prakrithi’ is required to start any procedure/ medication in Ayurveda.
Diet also plays a very important role in an Ayurveda treatment where the food is categorized on their physical qualities and their effects on the body. This helps in determining which ingredient is suitable for different doshas.
Awareness and mindfulness are integral part of an Ayurveda treatment. Ayurveda has a holistic approach of healing where one should surrender himself physically and mentally to any restrictions stated by the doctor.
The other common factors to consider are proper sleep, limited or preferably no use of electronic devices, having a well planned dinnacharya (daily routine), total restriction on consumption alcohol and smoking, limited exposure to direct sunlight etc.