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Tearful Adieu to Dr. Polly Mathew Somatheeram
  • July 2015

Dr. Polly Mathew Somatheeram - Pioneer of Ayurveda Tourism passes away

We, Tourism India heartily express our condolence on the unexpected demise of Dr. Polly Mathew, founder of Somatheram Ayurvedic Resort, Chowara, South of Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Dr. Polly was our dearest friend and well wisher who supported and encouraged us in all our ventures. Polly Mathew, the veteran investor and successful businessman was the catalyst in reviving Ayurveda as an international brand. He was a great contributor to the wellness tourism in India.  He played key role in making Southern Kerala especially Kovalam to Poovar belt a foreigner’s hot spot. His venture Somatheeram was an international brand, especially in Germany even before Kerala came up with the tag line ‘Gods Own Country’s. He and his brother Mr. Baby Mathew pioneered and transformed Somatheeram into one of India’s leading Ayurveda centers and helped branding Kerala and India as an Ayurveda destination worldwide. His contribution to the tourism sector and Kerala economy is immense.

Dr. Polly Mathew lived for over thirty years in Germany with his wife and children. His idea to begin India’s first Ayurveda Resort evolved after studying the European market and understanding its needs for alternative to allopathic medicine. This was back in the end of the 1980’s when Ayurveda was not known internationally yet Somatheeram has therefore also been a German-Indian success-story.

Monheim am Rhein, the small German city, which is located close to Dusseldorf was the home town of Dr. Polly Mathew, his wife Tresa Polly and his sons Jaison Arampankudy, Dr. Jimson Polly and Jons Mathew.

Dr. Polly Mathew is also the Managing Director of Somatheeram GmbH, the German wing of Somatheeram Health Group.

The Somatheeram Health Group has been awarded 10-times as ‘Best Ayurveda Center’ by the Government of Kerala and also received the ‘National Tourism Award’ by the Indian government 3-times already.

Dr. Polly Mathew is the Good will Ambassdor for the World Malayalee Council (WMC) and recipient of ‘Ayurveda Global Pracharak Award’, ‘Garshom Award’, ‘Mother Theresa Award’, ‘Tourism Excellence Award’, ‘ Excellence in Health Leadership Award’ and various other International and National awards.

His demise is a great loss to Indian Tourism Industry. We express our deepest condolence to his bereaved family and dear ones.

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