Santhosh George Kulangara

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Santhosh George Kulangara
Born (1971-12-25) 25 December 1971 (age 47)
OccupationManaging Director, Safari TV, Labour India Publications
Known forWorld traveller, camera man, docuemetrist
ChildrenSarika, George
Parent(s)V J George Kulangara
Rosamma George
Santhosh George Kulangara during zero gravity training at Kennedy Space center, Florida, USA.

Santhosh George Kulangara (born 25 December 1971) is the founder and chief explorer of Safari TV, the first and only exploration channel in India. He started his career in television media at the age of 17 and recognized well with production of a number of telefilms, tele serials and documentaries for Doordarshan, Thiruvananthapuram. His most important contribution to the visual media is Sancharam – the first visual travelogue in Malayalam. It has crossed 1550 episodes. The traveler goes to cities and villages of different nations and captures in his camera the remnants of history, today’s life, the uniqueness of nature, traditions, culture, and everything. The direction and camera of Sancharam are by Santhosh George Kulangara. He has already completed his journey to more than 100 countries in Asian, African, Australian, American, European continents and Antarctica during the last 21 years. After 16 years since he had started traveling, Sancharam has turned out to be an exclusive, round-the-clock exploration channel Safari. The channel offers 24-hour live streaming. The program Sanchariyude Diarykurippukal in Safari is most notable; Santhosh himself shares his different experiences from journeys in this program.[1]


Managing Director, Safari Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.[edit]

Logo of Safari TV channel

Safari TV is an Indian Television Channel broadcasting in Malayalam language. It is an exploration channel based in Marangattupilly, Kottayam, Kerala. The channel is part of Safari Multimedia Pvt.Ltd, India. The history of Safari TV Channel is the story of a half an hour Television programme that turned into around the clock Television Channel. It was the programme Sancharam that presented exploratory trips in Indian visual media for the first time.

Managing Director, Labour India Publications Ltd.[edit]

He is the managing director and managing editor of Labour India Publications Ltd, which is the largest educational publishing house in Kerala, regularly publishing 36 different educational journals and magazines for the students. The company employs more than 500 people is also producing multimedia programs, World travel DVDs and interactive DVDs for children.

Managing Director, Labour India Software Laboratories[edit]

Labour India Software Laboratories is the film and television studio where post-production and sound recording works of films and TV serials are done. Its studios are equipped with technology for recording and editing.

Chairman, Labour India Educational Research Centre[edit]

Santhosh George Kulangara is the founder of the first educational research center in the private sector in India. The Labour India Educational Research Centre at Marangattupilly in Kottayam District was inaugurated by former President of India K. R. Narayanan on March 19, 2004. The children in this camp are trained by a 40-member team. Every year, thousands of children participate in these camps.[2]

Founder, Labour India Rural Employment Program[edit]

The Labour India Rural Employment Programme (LIREP) is a project initiated by Santhosh George Kulangara which is aimed at providing employment to rural women. There are 3000 members working in this project earning income by supplying books and educational materials prepared by Labour India Educational Research Centre to rural households.

Managing Director, Pondshore Resorts Pvt. Ltd. – a heritage tourism project[edit]

Kulangara is also the Managing Director of Pondshore Resorts Private Ltd., the hospitality division of the group from Cochin. The major project under the company is ‘Kerala Palace’ a backwater island resort.

Managing Director, Safari Addict[edit]

This company is into organizing different travel packages, trekking programs, and other tourism projects.

First Indian space tourist[edit]

Santosh George Kulangara was set to become the first Indian space tourist. He had said that he along with five co-passengers would be aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, the vehicle that would take them for the sub-orbital space tourism adventure.[3][4]

Film maker[edit]

Santhosh George Kulangara is the director and producer of the movie Chandrayaan based on the story of Chandrayaan-1 which placed the Indian flag on the lunar surface. The behind-the-scenes stories, which occurred during the historical achievement that gave India an honorable position in the Lunar Club, are being depicted as a feature film in English. The Rocket Assembly Building at Sriharikota, the Rocket Launch Pad, Mission Control Centre, Spacecraft Assembly Building, PSLV Rocket and Chandrayaan Spacecraft are all recreated in gigantic sets of Labour India Film and TV studios. The chief architects, who worked behind the actual Chandrayaan project, constitute the main characters of the film. A few foreign actors, as well as those from various parts of India, also acted in this movie. Chandrayaan is the first space fiction feature film made in India.

He is the producer of Malayalam television-programmes Samayam, Acharya (a documentary about Vagamon), Maluvinte Lokam, Chithirapurathe Visheshangal, and Kerala Vishesham which were produced for Doordarshan. He also directed the documentary Krishnagatha.[5]


Santhosh George Kulangara has written six books related to his travels and experiences around the world. These books, written in Malayalam, have received wide acceptance and appreciation.[citation needed]

Natashayude Varna Balloonukal (The Colourful Balloons of Natasha)

This is a travelogue of his journey through Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark in a winter season.

Oru Rabbiyude Chumbanangal (The Kisses of a Rabbi)

A narrative of his journey through 50 countries, the people he met on the way and his experiences.

Ground Zeroyile Gayakan (The Musician at Ground Zero)

This narrative describes his extensive journey through the various states of the U.S.A and Canada. It also describes the life of people in America, after the 9/11 terror attack.

Zero Gravity

This book describes his experiences during the zero gravity training conducted in a specially designed aircraft at Kennedy Space Center-Florida.

Baltic Diary

This is a narrative of his journey through the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland. This book describes the scenario in these countries after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Spacilekku oru train yatra (A Train Journey To Space)

He visited the former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who gave him a few tips for his space journey. Santhosh George Kulangara was advised by the president to see to it that the children of the nation were benefited by his experiences.[6]


  1. ^ "Sancharam Videos,Sancharam Internet TV,Movie,Travel World,Travel India,Visual Travelogue,Travel News Travel clips,Sancharam Videos,Sancharam clips,Web TV,Online Videos_files,Video Clips". Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Labour India - The Essence of Education:::The official website of Labour India groups of Companies; Labour India Educational Research Centre, Labour India Publications Ltd". Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Santosh George to become first Indian space tourist".
  4. ^ "കേരളം മാറണം; മലയാളിയുടെ യാത്രാധാരണകളും... സന്തോഷ് പറയുന്നു". Archived from the original on 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Thus did I become a world traveller". Self.
  6. ^ "Space tourist gets tips from president". World News.

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