Calicut, Kerala, India
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. Today, Harivihar is a heritage homestead and best ayurvedic resort in Kerala concentrating on Ayurveda therapies and Yoga –two great contributions of India to mankind. Situated in Calicut, part of the historic Malabar province, the gateway through which Europe, led by Vasco Da Gamma, entered the fabled Indies – Harivihar offers its guests the unparalleled experience of living in a heritage royal manor surrounded by a verdant and serene landscape. At Harivihar, you can enjoy the priceless benefits of Ayurveda – the science of pristine living as prescribed by Mother Nature and perfected by ancient gurus. 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.