Was it passion, tradition or bussines idea, which inspired owners of the ayurveda resorts, centers or hospital to choose ayurveda path? Let's find out!
Our family has long ayurveda tradition, but The Kairali Ayurvedic Group was established in 1989, when we opened the first ayurveda center in Delhi. We pioneered in setting up the center, at a time when ayurveda was nearly fading away and people of India also was not aware of subject, what is ayurveda.
Way back, our forefathers had given us this knowledge and it has percolated down through centuries through our family. We used to do manufacturing of ayurveda products, which were researched and developed from the year 1948. With very good results, we have introduced into the market products such as Lipidex, Durance, Duravin Forte, Spaliv or Spazyme.
After 1989, when we set up the center in Delhi and offered these services to mankind and the people at large in and around Delhi and successfully completing about almost a decade, we ventured into starting The Ayurvedic Healing Village in Palakkad, the hometown of Ayurveda. This is a most serene place where you could come and relax, revive and rejuvenate yourself by ayurvedic therapies. As ayurveda says, you have to take care of your body so that you will live healthy and keep your body healthy. The preventive aspect of ayurveda is promoted a lot over here, besides also offering treatments for various diseases.
Ayurveda was the part of our family heritage. My grand grandfather and grandfather were ayurveda practitioners. But, my brother - Dr. Pauly Mathew, who was based in Germany - and me, we have initially started different business ventures.
In 1984, we had launched an agency to market cleaning solutions in India and export of antiques, cloths and bags from India to Germany. But our business was met with limited success. Probably it was God’s grace, which wanted to show us different way for our lives.
It was at that time my brother sent two of his German friends to Kerala for ayurvedic treatment. I did a small research about different ayurveda treatments and found a hospital in Kalamasserry to accommodate them. That time, there were not so many ayurveda hospitals and traditional ayurveda centers were usually small concrete buildings with not very nice ambience, basic services and only local people used to visiting them. But after ayurvedic treatment, the feedback from by brother’s friends was excellent. When we got a steady flow of clients we started thinking about a hospital of our own.
Somatheeram, our first ayurveda project started in 1988 and Soma Manaltheeram started in 1990. In the course of time we started Soma Palm Shore, Soma Kerala Palace and Soma Birds Lagoon and we also have Soma houseboats. So that’s about the beginning of Somatheeram.
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.
Me and two of my friends, Pradeep Narayanan and Madan Gopal, who have long term experiences in health and ayurveda tourism, we have decided to open a small ayurveda resort in the tiny picturesque coastal village of Puthenthope (16 km from Kerala's capital city Trivandrum). We believe in power of holistic and authentic traditional ayurveda. Resort have only 18 rooms, so we have space and time to design all the treatment programmes individually for each client. Every programme includes daily consultation with our doctors, ayurveda massages and treatments, morning yoga session and individually prepared ayurvedic vegetarian diet. Our main focus is on psychosomatic connections between body, mind and soul. Part of therapy involves actual treatment, while the other consists of lifestyle changes.
Revival, the wellness centre associated with Abad Hotels and Resorts offers holistic healing powers of traditional Ayurveda for the past 15 years. The first treatment division started at ABAD Plaza in Cochin which focused mainly the guests coming for business schedules. Later then, ABAD started Revival centre at ABAD Whispering Palms which gave a new dimension to Wellness packages where Revival got equipped to operate treatment and Panchakarma packages. Following the same path, Revival expanded its operations at ABAD resorts in Munnar, Kovalam, Thekkady, Alleppey and Wayanad.
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