One of the promising writers of modern Malayalam literature, Santhosh Echikkanam had shown passion for writing from his college days. His stories portrays layman's life. His books include Komala, Swasam, Naranayum Paravayayum, Kathakal, Ottavathil etc. In 2008, he received Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for his short story collection, Komala. His short story, Idukki Gold, has been made into a film, directed by Aashiq Abu. Apart from this, he has written screenplays for films such as Annayum Rasoolum, Nidra (remake by Siddharth Bharathan), Bachelor Party, Chandrettan Evideya etc.