Dear Reader,
At the outset, I wish to thank you all, our ardent readers, for the heartwarming support, and the wonderful reception you have accorded us in our honest efforts to get you some serious reading of a different kind about God’s Own Country. Your encouragement has ensured that we have emerged as the leading English language magazine in the travel, leisure and lifestyle segment of Kerala. We have sincerely endeavoured to describe an unknown Kerala to the discerning traveller who is hungry to know more about this fascinating land of enchanting folklore and myriad fables. Kerala Travel Explorer was envisioned to showcase the best of Kerala to an oblivious outside world that was bereft of that awareness.

This is a landmark issue for all of us in the proud KTE family as it marks the first anniversary of our magazine that is gaining more popularity with every issue. This anniversary issue also marks the revival of the tourism industry which had suffered immensely due to the heavy rains and unprecedented floods in August that resulted in the destruction of unimaginable magnitude. It also celebrates the spirit of resilience of the people of the state.

For our anniversary issue, we have put together a compelling mix of interviews, destinations and festival stories. The readers will find some rare perspectives and interesting articles about Ezhome, Bekal, Thirunelli, Kasargod, and Konni destinations. Since our issue is being released during the month of Christmas, we have a beautiful account of how Yuletide is observed in Kerala by a serious and senior observer.

We have included some insightful conversations with eminent personalities too. The multi-faceted actor Saiju Kurup, Flavour-of-the-Moment, documentary film director Deepti Pillay Sivan, talented and upcoming actress Nimisha Sajayan, reputed entrepreneur Varghese Kurian, and hotelier Manoj Mathew have all been interviewed by our editorial team.

I would also like to thank you all for the meaningful feedback that you have been sending to us over the past year. I assure you that we seriously consider and implement suggestions that are valuable and consequential. We have revamped our digital platforms, including our website which is more visible and attracting more visitors each passing day.

You will be glad to know that from the next issue onwards, we would also be including a new section titled 'Keralites Outbound' that would feature the favourite holiday destinations of Keralites going abroad. So this is a chance for you to write to us and let us know about your favourite destinations abroad. Send us a first-person account of your holiday with pictures to share with other readers of KTE. We also encourage readers to share stories and pictures of travel destinations within Kerala.

Kerala Travel Explorer wishes its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Happy Reading! Until next time!