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Traveller In Focus : Santhosh George Kulangara

As someone who is inclined towards travelling and more travelling, I  feel that most of our dreams are predictable. Some even became cliché.

I want to travel around the world, I want to take absolutely stunning pictures, I want to inspire people to travel more and finally get that dream job in National Geographic. Sounds cliché as most of the people’s dreams follow a similar path.

But here I am going to tell you about a man who has created something new, something original and that too single-handedly. Meet Mr. Santhosh George Kulangara who has, by now travelled to around 90 countries. And also  the first Indian Space Tourist!!

Santhosh George : Space Tourist having fun at Zero gravity
Santhosh George : Space Tourist having fun at Zero gravity [ Source : www.santhoshgeorge.com]
 Traveler or traveller may refer to: one who travels, especially to distant lands. This traveller is not just another one who travel to certain distant land. He is the solo traveller who travels with his camera and brings those visuals for people like me and you to watch and enjoy.

He has started his solo travelling, to outside India in 1997 and the first trip was to Nepal. Because for an Indian, travelling to Nepal wasn’t that expensive. He explored Nepal and captured the beauty in his video camera. He did everything without an assistant or a technician.  Ever since then he travelled all around the world along with his camera creating visual travelogues. He soon started creating high quality visually appealing travelogues all by himself. He was the camera man, the editor and the director; all in one.

A not-so local channel started telecasting his travelogues on television. It was half-an-hour travelogue programme telecasted once in a week. Over the time it gained popularity and became a successful program and claims to have a million viewers. That was just the beginnings. The program “Sancharam”, which means ‘Travel’ gradually transformed in to a 24×7 Exploration channel.

“SAFARI” is India’s first exploration channel.  Safari channel offers  world and Indian travels, history, geography, culture, art and adventure.

At present this channel is in Malayalam, an Indian regional language, the mother tongue of  Kerala. Also Mr. Santosh George Kulangara is from Kerala, which happens to be my home state as well. I am a little bit proud of this fact, even though he / I could have been born anywhere in the world. But more importantly this geographic similarity gives me the inspiration that I can also travel all around the world like him. Through his TV channel, he is aiming for the same, to inspire common man to travel more by giving them a first hand experience of the wonderful world around us.

He inspires me, also because of the way he finds financial support for his world travels. These are his own words from his website.

“It was full four years after my first travel, that TV telecast of my travel show started. Finance for every visit of mine was generated by my toiling day and night. My journey continues in that tradition.”

These facts are enough to make me believe that I too can do it. Money, visa restriction, language barrier or any other barrier is not at all an obstacle if you truly want to do something.

He has been globe-trotting  for over 17 years, been to all 7 continents (that includes many a people’s dream : ‘Antarctica’. ) and visited around 90 countries. But looks like he isn’t satisfied with all these things. We can understand the urge of a traveller to ‘explore the unexplored’. This time he is aiming to explore a place where only a very few lucky and skilled ones were/are able to visit. The SPACE!!

You must be knowing Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group who has created Virgin records, virgin Atlantic, the  Virgin Galactic to name a few. And Virgin Galactic develops commercial spacecraft and provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists. In short they operates space tourism!

Mr. Santhosh George has purchased a ‘ticket’ to space and reserved the seat as passenger number 38! As part of the journey he has already undergone various training programs and experienced zero gravity. More importantly he has obtained the permission to film the entire process of preparations and flight sequences. Hopefully we will get to see the space tourism trips on our tv sets soon.

My television addiction  had reduced over the time, but these days it has returned a bit. Now whenever I am in front of the TV, I watch this channel. SAFARI. It has got some very interesting programs apart from Travel related stuffs. Also there are very good programs on Indian and world  history. I wish they had these programs when I was in school and struggling with history lessons! They also have a live streaming over the internet. If you want to check out the super cool Malayalam Travel and exploration channel, I will leave the links at the end.

J. R. R. Tolkien said in The Lord of the Rings  that Not All Who Wander Are Lost. Santhosh George testifies it. He definitely inspires me to look beyond my excuses and truly follow the passion. He again reminds me that..

“Not All Who Wander Are Lost”


Sources :

Santhosh George .com to read more about him from his site

Santhosh George Kulangara : if you want to read from Wikipedia

SANCHARM : (or Travel) It all started with this video series.


SAFARI CHANNEL : India’s first exploration channel with

live internet streaming


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78 thoughts on “Traveller In Focus : Santhosh George Kulangara

  1. Yes, he is the man..!!
    And right now YOU are the man..!!! 😀
    I envy your zeal with the passion you have..
    People (like me) are more dragged into our “jobs” (or whatever you can call it) and I respect you man, for the courage you show to follow your heart..!! 🙂
    I really wonder; how do you manage..!! 🙂

  2. VERY well done. I have a pendant that I’ve hung around one of my Buddha heads that reads “not all who wander are lost.” But try telling that to some who never wander…

  3. Thank you for sharing Mr. Santhosh George Kulangara with me. he certainly would be an inspiration to you, coming from the same home state as yourself.

    I know you WILL get that dream job with National Geographic! 🙂

    ~Carl~

    1. Thank you for reading, and for the wishes. I wasn’t really dreaming of working with Nat Geo, but it will be great if I am able to work there. I was just saying that how the cliché thinking happening with many of the travellers like me 🙂

  4. What a great story! Indeed not all who wander are lost.Your dream? You will get there! You can even consider ur site as a platform to sell your photos and generate income that way. Most successful businesses are located in Asia due to the low cost of production and shipping. I used to follow a youtuber who was a makeup artist from UK and she moved to China, created her own makeup brush line and sold it at competitive prices alongside other makeup brands. It was great and she continues to make more products today. If your passion allows you to earn money then why not, right?

    1. You are full of ideas! I know I need to try something of that sort. Not quite sure, what! But your ideas are duly noted. I think I just need a brave start 🙂 Thank you for encouraging

      1. Try doing a bit of research online and check out online photography stores. There’s lots of options from simple prints of different sizes to framed photos to photos printed on magnets. Do an industry review to get ideas on what can be sold and what others are doinh and then find out about competitors, prices, cost of producing each item from where you are etc. It’s a lot of work but totally worth it. Another blogger I follow recently started selling her homemade beauty products on a etsy store (etsy is a website).
        Once u have decided what to sell, u can number ur photos in each travel story u write and whosoever wants to order can order any of those photos. The advantage u have is that you already have an audience that likes ur work, most ppl have to do a lot of work marketing their products. So yes, start with research 🙂

        1. I have done a bit of research. In fact one of my readers asked me if I could sell a picture. That time I found out about society6, but I needs onetime payment through paypal, not much, but still I haven’t started using it.
          And many people are selling so many things through etsy even poems!!So let me see if I can find a way to sell something there.
          Anyway thank you for all the support 🙂

          1. I want to sell mine but I haven’t had the time to do all the planning. I had created a photo book but i ended up scrapping it. There was a lot more to it than putting pictures together.

          2. Probably but the shipping costs are higher due to weight. I just did that as an experiment to find out what factors it would involve so I coukd start thinking more seriously.

  5. kudos man! Inspirational stuff!
    I hope you realise that you are one step closer to absolute beauty in life, because you know 100% what you want to do! Chasing the dream is only a matter of time, if not today you will travel tomorrow, but you will travel. Enjoy the ride 🙂

    1. Thank you so much brother. You’re comment is also very motivating. Things aren’t as bright as you think, but if not today i will travel tomorrow. I will remember that 🙂 Thanks a lot for this because it really means a lot 🙂

  6. Aww. He is the man I wanted to be. Unbelievable, especially the way he narrates his travel. I think there is his Yatra dvd’s you get to buy. So many countries… just amazing.

          1. 😛 Haha.. ya.. it’s only monthly na. I don’t buy anymore. I used to before. I gave some of it to my friends, I have 2-3 copies left which I m yet to read.

  7. It definitely inspires me and many more wanderers. Thanks for sharing the links. I will check out this passionate soul’s routes to unexplored heaven of adventure. All the best for your goals. Written beautifully.

    1. Thank you very much for reading and for the wishes 🙂 Yes, you should check out the website, it will inspire you for sure. I wish you could check out the live internet streaming too, but it is not in English!

  8. As travel information is at our fingertips, it is so much easier than it used to. I think the availability of online information is inspiring, thus we want to travel, see, and learn more about people, place, history, and culture. 🙂 Kulangara has such an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing the story. Will read the links you provided. Have a great week!

    1. You always amazed me with your thoughtful meaningful feedbacks and sincerity. I really appreciate it 🙂
      Yes, he is a real inspiration and has a lot of amazing experiences. There is an entire program on his experiences alone where he shares his travel stories. Thank again for reading . Have a great week ahead. 🙂

      1. Thank you for your compliment! Your eloquent writing always inspires me and other readers, enabling me to be more open-minded. Thanks to your effort! 🙂

    1. Oh really? I didn’t read that news!! But I am daily watching his channel 😀
      Thank you so much. I really wanted to write this one. Glad you could connect with my emotions 🙂

  9. You have inspired many by sharing his story but also by candidly sharing your dream. The people i know from Kerala are very brave, ingenious, druve, determined and adventurous. You have all that is needed to get there. Good luck my friend. Just choose another business if you want to go to space. Branson’s has recently failed to deliver the promise. Let’s hope it improves.

    1. Thank you so much. You are very kind 🙂 Yes to make 2lac dollars I might need to do something 😉 Yea, I know that ambitious project didn’t go as per their expectations. They will sort it out soon, hopefully

  10. Very well-written and inspirational post! 🙂 I seriously enjoyed reading it! 😉 Following our passions is certainly what we need to reach our dreams. Sending you lots of support and hope to see you on TV soon. Don’t forget me if you get famous 😉

    1. Haha,.. again that was very sweet. I don’t think I ever want to get into visual media, I mean I don’t to be in front of the camera anyway. And don’t worry, I will give you a pingback when I get famous 😀 Thank you for your support and wishes 🙂

      1. If you don’t want to be in front of camera, you can always be the man behind the camera. hahahaha thanks in advanced for doing so! 😛 It’s my pleasure to give you my support and wishes! By the way, I already added those widgets you suggested. My blog looks way better now. Thank you very much for your help! 😉

        1. Yea, I’d love to be behind the camera 🙂 You’re welcome in advance 😀 Yea, just checked the side bar. It is easier now to navigate to your older posts. 🙂

          1. Yea, I always wanted to go there to learn yoga. However, my parents are very concerned about it since there were way too many rape cases in India in the past few years.

          2. Yea, I know the news don’t represent what it really is in India. However, my parents don’t understand. You know parents are always trying to be protective of their children although I’m already an adult.

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