Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) is a century
old Charitable Institution engaged in the practice
and propagation of Ayurveda, the ancient health care
system of India. AVS offers classical Ayurvedic medicines
and authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to
patients from all over India and abroad.
AVS was established at Kottakkal in Kerala State of
India in 1902 by the visionary physician and philanthropist,
late Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. Started essentially
as a village clinic, it has now grown into a multi-unit,
multi-disciplinary and multi-crore organisation. It
has operations in different areas of Ayurvedic practice.
AVS manages Ayurvedic Hospitals at Kottakkal, Delhi
and Kochi. All classical Ayurvedic medicines, therapies
and expert medical advice are available there. AVS
has two modern medicine manufacturing units, has well
equipped quality control labs, has fullfledged research
activities, publishes Ayurvedic periodicals and books,
cultivates medicinal plants and conducts educational
programmes. AVS also runs a Kathakali academy where
the classical theatre of Kathakali is taught and performed.
Sri P. S. Varier, scion of an illustrious family of
Kottakkal in the Malabar region of Kerala, was an
extraordinary man. He was a multi-faceted personality:
a renowned Ayurvedic scholar and academician, an able
practitioner; a successful entrepreneur, and a genuine
philanthropist... all at the same time!
Sri Varier studied Ayurveda under the classical Gurukula
system. He also acquired proficiency in the practice
Varier started his Vaidyasala
in 1902 in this building
In late 1902, Sri Varier founded the Arya Vaidya
Sala, Kottakkal, for the preparation of authentic Ayurvedic medicines.
The rest is history. Today, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya
Sala is a name synonymous with Ayurveda. A name that offers a new lease of life
to the suffering humanity.
In 1933, in recognition of his valuable services to humanity, Sri P. S. Varier
was conferred the distinguished title of 'Vaidyaratna' by His Excellency the
Viceroy and Governor General of India.
Awarded to Sri P. S. Varier
Sri Varier wrote text books of students of Ayurved. One of them,
Ashtangasariram, won a certificate in 1932 from the National Organisation of
Sri Varier's Will
Sri Varier expired in
1944. He had executed a Will prior to his demise, which converted his
proprietary concern into a Charitable Trust of public nature, to be run by a
Trust Board consisting of seven members who are related to his family and the
As per the provisions of its founder's Will, Arya Vaidya Sala functions as a
The major share of the earnings from its activities is exclusively spent on
charitable causes, in the form of medical aid, on both OP and IP basis, to
deserving persons. This included both Ayurveda and Allopathy. Financial support
is also provided for managing an affiliated Ayurveda college; for conducting
research; for holding seminars and training programmes, for publishing books
and periodicals; for cultivation of herbal gardens; and for running a classical
theatre academy. The remaining funds are pooled back for the development of the
institution. No financial gain accrues to any individual or family.
P. S. Varier
First Managing Trustee
Founder in his will had named the
members of the board to administer Arya Vaidya Sala after his demise.
Accordingly his nephew Aryavaidyan P. Madhava Varier became the first Managing
Trustee in 1944. He was in office till he passed away in a tragic aircrash in
1953. He initiated the process of modernizing of Arya Vaidya Sala and laid down
the foundation for many later developments including the nursing home.
Present Managing Trustee
Managing Trustee & Chief Physician
Aryavaidyan P.K. Warrier became the
Managing Trustee on the demise of his brother P.M. Varier. He is leading Arya
Vaidya Sala for more than half a century. Dr. P.K. Warrier serves also as the
Chief Physician ably assisted by other senior and experienced physicians. Under
his leadership Arya Vaidya Sala has grown into a multi-core, multi-unit,
organization and has been recognized as the premier centre of Ayurveda in the
country. Arya Vaidya Sala became the destination of ailing patients, rich and
poor alike, students and scholars from India and abroad. He made Kottakkal the
synonym of authentic ayurveda.
P.K. Warrier made his imprints as an able administrator, educationist
and academician and above all a physician of international repute. Dr. Warrier
is the person most sought after in national and international conferences. His
most important works are Padamudrakal – a collection of scientific papers and
Smrtiparvam, his autobiography.
Honours / awards
Dr. P.K. Warrier, a fellow of Academy of Indian Medicine, is the recipient of
many honours in the national and international level.
The All India Ayurvedic conference gave him the title of Ayurveda Maharshi in
The President of India bestowed on him the title of ‘Padmashri’ at
Rashtrapatibhavan on 23.3.99.
Rotary Club of Calicut gave him ‘For the Sake of Honour’ award in 1999.
The Calicut University conferred on him honorary degree of D.Litt. on 22.05.99.
Chilla Pratibha Puraskar was presented to him on 16.1.2000 by the Hon’ble
Governor of Tamilnadu.
The reputed Bhoopalan Singh Karki special honour was awarded to him at a
glittering function held at Kathmandu, Nepal on 15.5.2000.
He has been nominated for ‘the pioneers of health in 2000’ award by the SAAOL
Health and Research Foundation, New Delhi.
The Academy of Ayurveda, Vijayawada conferred on him the ‘Millennium Gold
He is also the recipient of the Dhanwantari Award instituted by the Dhanwantari
Foundation, Mumbai for outstanding medical men. This was presented to him on
Dr. Poulose Mar Gregorios Award was awarded to him by the Rashtrapati in New
Delhi on 27.11.2001.
The first Adisamman Puraskar instituted by the Academy of Ayurvedic Doctors in
India was awarded to him in Calcutta on 29.11.2001.
The Kerala Management Association conferred on him the Management Leadership
Award for the year 2002.
Pandit Shiv Sharma Oration Award was presented to him in Delhi on 13.2.03 by
Indian Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine.
The Ernakulam Press Club honoured him by presenting
PS John Memorial Endowment Award in April 2003.
The National Association for Science and Arts (N.A.S.A.), Thiruvananthapuram,
conferred on him The Sevanaratnam Award 2003 in June, 2003.
Patanjali Puraskaram instituted by the Ayurvedic Medicine Manufactures
Organization was presented to him on 11.07.203.
Dr. C.P. Menon Memorial Award was awarded to him for his book Padamudrakal on
C. Achutha Menon Award was presented to him in Trissur by Achutha Menon Society
for Human Action on 16.08.2004 .
Jamia Hamdard Deemed University, New Delhi conferred on him degree of
D.Sc. (Honoris Cauisa) on 14.01.2005.
Honoured with Padmabhooshan in
Positions held / holding
Project Officer, Clinical Research Unit (CCRAS) at Kottakkal.
Member, Governing Body and Executive Committee of the Kerala Ayurvedic Studies
and Research Society, Kottakkal.
Member, Ayurveda Advisory Committee and Committee on Drugs Control, under the
Government of Kerala.
Member, Task Force on Ayurveda & Homeopathy under the State Planning Board
and Kerala Bio-diversity Committee.
Member, Commission on WTO concerns in Agriculture constituted by Govt. of
Member, Kerala State Management Association, All India Management Association,
Member of the Panel of Ayurvedic and Other Systems of Medicine, constituted by
the Government of India.
President of All India Ayurvedic Congress.
President, Kerala Ayurveda Mandalam.
Member of the Central Council of Indian Medicine, Central Council for Research
in Ayurveda and Siddha.
Pharmacopoeia Committee member.
Member, Scientific Advisory Committee under CCRAS.
Member, Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee.
Member, Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Drugs Technical Advisory Board under Govt.
Member of the National Academy of Ayurveda, New Delhi.
Member, Standing Committee for Health, Sewerage and Water Supply and Nutrition
under the State Planning Board.
Vice President of IASTAM (International Association for the Study of
Traditional Asian Medicine).
Dean, Faculty of Ayurveda & Chairman, Board of Studies in Ayurveda for the
University of Calicut twice.
Member, Travancore-Cochin Medical Council.
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala – An Overview
Founded in 1902 by the Late Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier
at Kottakkal in Malappuram district of Kerala State.
The nearest Railway stations in TIRUR (Malappuram
Dist), on the Chennai-Mangalore railway line, at a
distance of 16 k.m.
Kozhikode is the nearest airport at a distance of
Kottakkal is situated at a distance of about 165 km
from Kochi, 160 km from Combatore and 48 km from Calicut
(Kozhikode) by road.
A Charitable Trust of Public nature having two production
units, one at Kottakkal, Malappuram Dist and another
at Kanjikode, Palakkad district for the manufacture
of about 500 genuine ayurvedic medicines.
Our Ayurvedic Hospital
& Research Centre at Kottakkal has 160 rooms with
Provide Panchakarma and other Kerala special treatments
under the guidance of expert ayurvedic physicians.
These treatments are found effective for various ailments
like Paralysis, Arthritis, Spondylosis etc.
We also have a charitable hospital where deserving
poor patients are given both ayurvedic & allopathic
treatments, medicines, accommodation and food free
Hospitals at other locations across the country other
than Kottakkal to provide ayurvedic treatment, to
patients from northern parts of India as well as abroad.
Branches at New Delhi,
Kolkata, Mumbai, Secunderabad, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trivandrum,
Kottayam, Ernakulam(Kochi), Aluva, Calicut,
Kannur, Palakkad and Tirur. We also have over 900
authorised dealer network for the sale of our ayurvedic
The Late Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier founded an Ayurveda
Pathasala in 1917 for effective propagation of the
system of Ayurveda. This Pathasala later became the
Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College affiliated
to Calicut University. The college has Degree and
Post Graduate Degree courses in Ayurveda. Provide
financial support to the college as per the provisions
of the “WILL” of the founder.
Undertaken the task of planned cultivation of medicinal
plants in our various herbal gardens as part of a
project of conservation and sustainable use of medicinal
The Research & Development Department of the institution
is actively engaged in research work for modernization
of production and quality control of ayurvedic drugs.
An Ongoing Research Programme with CSIR-DST-IICT (Govt.
of India) is intended to evolve modern standards for
materials, processes and products.
We have a separate department for the publication
of various books on ayurveda and medicinal plants.
A Quarterly medical journal “Arya Vaidyan”
is published by us.
Our founder, the late Vaidyaratnam P.S.Varier, a connoisseur
of arts, founded a dramatic troupe which was later
converted to the famous Kathakali troupe, P.S.V. Natyasangham.
This troupe has eminent artistes who stage Kathakali
performances in India and abroad.