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Traveller In Focus : Santhosh George Kulangara

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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 more than 120 countries 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 cameraman, the editor, and the director; all in one.

A not-so local channel started telecasting his travelogues on television. It was a half-an-hour trave program 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 beginning. The program "Sancharam", which means 'Travel' gradually transformed into a 24x7 Exploration channel.

"SAFARI" is India's first exploration channel.  Safari channel offers world travel as well as 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 without blaming my passport. Through his TV channel, he is aiming for the same, to inspire the 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 20 17 years, been to all 7 continents (that includes many a people's dream : 'Antarctica'. ) and visited more than 120 countries 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 operate 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 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 stuff. 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 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.  Mr. 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

Written by : Trablogger
Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.
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Samjoth Sashidharan

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..!! 🙂

Samjoth Sashidharan

Oh ho... In that case, I am really curious now 😛

Samjoth Sashidharan

Any ways , keep up the pace bro..
..!! 🙂
and stay bright..!!! 😀

Indah Susanti

What an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing this - a space traveler, how awesome is that! Ahh, I always love this quote - “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” - great choice!


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...

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! 🙂



Hiya! My husband and me, we just love the program sancharam. I also like it because it is informative as well as light and also I love the way he presents, the effortless humour!


Yes, we do. Both of us love travelling and we often talk about our dream of joining national geographic as a couple you know.. 😉


Oh that is only a dream.. and will remain remain a dream... we just like the talking about it part! he he


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… Read more »


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,… Read more »


Np. Photo printing is huge industry. It costs an average of $12 for an average 8x11 print in canada.


Lollll indian style hahaha nice 🙂


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.


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.


Thanks. Same to u 🙂


wow I would like to try that Zero gravity stuff


ohh I bet it will be!


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 🙂


hmmm..i know! I wish that all your efforts will be fruitful 🙂 And I get to see tons of beautiful photos and to read stories behind those shots!! 😉 😀


Came over from Blogging 101 to check it out. very visually appealing. I also like your nice long post. I find some posts to just be too short. Great job! http://lilypupslife.wordpress.com/


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.


Sancharam... not yatra... Yatra is a magazine I used to buy before. 🙂


😛 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.


True.. no panjam for information..

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