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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,

the 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.

The beginning

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 of Allopathy.

P. S. 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.

Sri P. S. Varier

Vaidyaratnam Title -
Awarded to Sri P. S. Varier

Lord Viswambhara
(our presiding deity)

Sri Varier wrote text books of students of Ayurved. One of them, Ashtangasariram, won a certificate in 1932 from the National Organisation of Physicians.

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 Institution.

As per the provisions of its founder's Will, Arya Vaidya Sala functions as a Charitable Trust.

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

Dr. P. K. Warrier
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 1997.

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 Medal’.

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 4.11.2001.

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 20.09.2003.

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 2010.

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 Kerala.

Member, Kerala State Management Association, All India Management Association, etc.

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. of India.

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 28 km.

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 necessary amenities.

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 of cost.

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 Adoor, Ahmedabad, Aluva, Bangalore , Chennai, Coimbatore, Ernakulam(Kochi), Indore, Jamshedpur, Kannur, Kolkata, Kottakkal, Kozhikode, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysore, New Delhi, Palakkad, Secunderabad, Trivandrum, Thrissur, Tirur. We also have over 1600 authorised dealer network for the sale of our ayurvedic medicines.

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 plants.

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.

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