Santhigiri Siddha Medical College (SSMC) was established in 2002 by Santhigiri Ashram, imbibing the vision of its Founder Guru, NAVAJYOTHISREE KARUNAKARA GURU. This college is the first ever Siddha Medical College in Kerala as well as the first outside the state of Tamil Nadu, the cradle of the Siddha system. It is the only Siddha college among the Nine (the other 8 are in Tamil Nadu) in the country, where the medium of instruction is English and not Tamil. Therefore, the doctors coming out of the Santhigiri Siddha Medical College will get a global exposure. At present students from many foreign countries such as Switzerland, Japan etc. have joined the Santhigiri Siddha Medical College.