Gopinath Parayil

Founder at The Blue Yonder

Pondicherry, India

Gopinath Parayil (Gopi) founded The Blue Yonder in 2004 as part of his journey to promote the unique river valley civilisation of Nila in Kerala (Bharatapuzha). A keen promoter of sustainability and a believer in social entrepreneurship, he transformed The Blue yonder into a travel company that creates a positive impact in both hosts’ and guests’ lives.

A pioneer in Responsible Tourism, he identifies projects and destinations to work with and then transforms them into immersive travel experiences. With his untiring efforts he has created such destinations across India, from Kerala to Rajasthan.

With a two decade long experience in community based palliative care & disaster management, Gopi has repurposed his business to be an effective first responder in major disasters ranging from earthquake in Nepal to Floods in Kerala in the past fifteen years.