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Our Story

How we decided that we should be together forever!

We met in July, on an ordinary morning, in an ordinary town. Little did we know the extraordinary result that a hello could have.

Asha- " I still remember our first date. We walked through the city of London, filled with excitement as we stole shy glances at each other. All those amazing weekends we spend together. I don't know what he did but I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole world. I can't wait to start our lives together!"

In October, during a walk in the hills at Loch Lomand (Scotland), the proposal happened- romantic and magical; we truly felt on top of the world. We wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and we couldn't wait!

Prasob- " We are opposites: I am extroverted, she is introverted; I am social, she is reserved; I am loud and she is gentle. But over time, I began to see just how much I loved our conversations and time together.
I don't know how or what magic she used but she turned my world upside down and made her way into my heart and will be there forevermore."

We connected; our values, our hopes, and dreams. Most importantly we could see a future together. Being in a long distance relationship can be difficult but our daily facetime chats, long phone calls, and Germany/ England flights made us even more certain that we wanted a life together.

We are excited to invite you to join us as we begin building our new future together. Each one of you play a unique role in our lives, sharing with us memories we will always treasure. So we hope you can join us in India for yet another unforgettable moment, as we exchange vows and make a lasting commitment to one another.

Wedding Details

Asha & Prasob
Asha
Prasob

When

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Wedding Ceremony:Time: 3 PM
Reception following the ceremony

Where

Wedding Ceremony:

St. George Basilica
Angamaly Basilica Rd,
Angamaly, Kerala 683572, India.
www.angamalybasilica.com

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Wedding Reception:

CIAL Convention Centre
Airport Rd, Nedumbassery, Kerala 693111, India.
www.cialtradecentre.com

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Betrothal Details

Asha & Prasob
Asha
Prasob

When

Thursday, June 28th, 2018
Betrothal Ceremony: Time: 10.30 AM
Reception following the Betrothal ceremony

Where

Betrothal Ceremony:

St Mary’s Church
Neduvannoor, Chowara - 683571
www.smcneduvannoor.com

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Betrothal Reception:

GREEN PARK HOTEL
Desom NH -47, Aluva -683103,
Cochin, Kerala, India.
www.greenparkhoteldesom.com

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Getting There

Airport

The CIAL Convention Center (wedding reception location) is located in only 2 km distance from Cochin International Airport with daily flights serviced by Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air India and other international Airlines. We would recommend using Emirates, Qatar Airways or Singapore Airlines based out of personal experience in comfort and service.

Cochin International Airport: http://cial.aero/

Accommodation

On the whole, accommodation, like so many other things in India, provides good value for money, though in the major cities, especially, there are luxury establishments that charge international prices for providing Western-style comforts and service. Please find below a list of recommended hotels.

Preferred Hotels

1. Courtyard by Marriott Kochi Airport
(1.2 km away from CIAL Convention Center)

We negotiated the following rates for you. Those rates are available by sending a booking request to thomas.jacob@courtyard.com and using "Asha & Prasob wedding" as a code word.

Single Deluxe Room: INR 5000 + 18% Tax (Incl. 2-way airport transfer, breakfast, and Wi-Fi for Marriot Reward Members)

Double Deluxe Room: INR 5500 + 18% Tax (Incl. 2-way airport transfer, breakfast, and Wi-Fi for Marriot Reward Members)

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cokap-courtyard-kochi-airport/

2. Flora Airport Hotel
(1.7 km away from CIAL Convention center)

We negotiated the following rates for you. Those rates are available by sending a booking request to avinash.thomas@florahospitality.com and using "Asha & Prasob wedding" as a code word.

Deluxe Room: INR 4000 (INR 3600 for Single Occupancy) + 18% Tax (Incl. 2-way airport transfer and Wi-Fi)

Executive Club Room: INR 5000 (INR 4600 for Single Occupancy) + 18% Tax (Incl. 2-way airport transfer and Wi-Fi)

Business Suite: INR 6000 (INR 5600 for Single Occupancy) + 18% Tax (Incl. 2-way airport transfer and Wi-Fi)

Flora Suite: INR 7000 (INR 6600 for Single Occupancy) + 18% Tax (Incl. 2-way airport transfer and Wi-Fi)

https://www.florahospitality.com/

Other 5 Star category Hotels
(Travel time to reception hall might take +- 1 hour depending on traffic)

1. Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-malabar-cochin/

2. Grand Hyatt Kochi kochibolgatty.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

3. Le Meridien Kochi www.lemeridienkochi.com

4. Fragrant Nature Kochi www.fragrantnature.com

5. Crowne Plaza Kochi www.crowneplaza.com/hotels/de/de/kochi/cokch/

6. Casino Hotel Kochi http://www.casinogroupkerala.com/casino_hotel/

More Hotels can be found on www.makemytrip.com or www.booking.com

Transportation

Recommendation: We highly recommend to book a Taxi for the whole day during your stay at the wedding location This will be the most convenient and safest way of traveling. Your Hotel will be able to provide you a taxi, but the cost might be more expensive compared to outside services. We made good experience with Spice Kerala Holidays. You can book them by calling Mr. Bibin on +91 9947004865 or get more information online on

www.spicekeralaholidays.com

Other ways of traveling: Metro, buses, autorickshaws, and taxis provide transport around India’s cities. Costs for public transport vary from town to town. For any transport without a fixed fare, agree on the price before you start your journey and make sure that it covers your luggage and every passenger. Even where meters exist, drivers may refuse to use them, demanding an elevated ‘fixed’ fare; bargain hard. Fares usually increase at night (by up to 100%) and some drivers charge a few rupees extra for luggage. Carry plenty of small bills for taxi and rickshaw fares as drivers rarely have change.

What to See

Both our family roots originate from a beautiful state in India called Kerala. Kerala is known as "God's own country", one of India's most scenic states with serene backwaters, golden beaches, mountain range, unique art forms and delicious cuisine. We hope you make this trip into a relaxing yet adventurous journey and experience the vibrant culture of India.

What to see in Kerala

Varkala Beach:

Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several tourist attractions that include a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple, and the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach. The Papanasam Beach (also called Varkala Beach), which is ten kilometers away from Varkala, is renowned for a natural spring. Which is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name 'Papanasam Beach'.

Kovalam Beach:

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.

Munnar:

Munnar rises as three mountain streams merge - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Kerala Backwaters:


The scenic backwaters of Kerala comprise serene stretches of lakes, canals, and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The backwater regions of Kerala are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The tranquil backwater cruises are a once in a lifetime experience. Alappuzha, known as the 'Venice of the East', is especially popular for its houseboat cruises where you can soak in nature in its finest form.

Fort Kochi:

Step foot into Fort Kochi and you will be instantly transported to a different time period. This place is steeped in the history and culture of all who have occupied it through the ages. Its roots and essence are unique in its diversity.

Athirappalli waterfalls:

As you walk down the stone slabs that lead to the base of the Athirappalli waterfalls, a mysterious serenity overcomes you. It is Kerala's most famous and largest waterfall at over 80 ft high. The sight of the water crashing onto the ground leaves you with a sense of wonder at the sheer power and force of nature. Located around 63 km from Thrissur district, it is a perennial picnic spot for people in the area and from beyond. Its surrounding greenery is perfect for walks and picnics with loved ones. Lying at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, it is a part of the Chalakudy River which calls the Western Ghats its home.

Other popular destinations can be found here: https://www.keralatourism.org/popular-destination/

What to see in other parts of India
(Air Travel might be required to visit those places)

India packs a lot into a massive space, and you'll never have time to see it all on one trip. Think about what interests you, what you like doing and how much time you have, and tailor your trip accordingly. Be realistic about how much you can fit in. Rather than trying to see the whole country, you may get more out of your trip if you concentrate on the south of the country, or on the north. However, internal flights are plentiful and inexpensive so you can hop from north to south if you want a taste of both worlds. The itineraries section at the front of Lonely Planet's guidebooks to India can be a great help.

Golden Triangle:

No visit to India is complete without visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra. The most popular India tour is the all-time classic Golden Triangle. If time is short this is a fantastic introduction to three of India's top destinations, Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, and you can squeeze it into a week if you don't mind moving every couple of days.

Varanasi:

To get a sense of Indian spirituality you have to go to Varanasi, India’s holiest city.

Himalayas & Kashmir:

If things start heating up in the plains, it is time to make the trek to the Himalayas, to Ladakh with its Tibetan temples, Kashmir where you can laze away on a house-boat in Srinagar, or Darjeeling for a cuppa tea.

Rajasthan:

The palaces and forts of Rajasthan are a must if you have to pick three, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer should be on top of that list.

Amritsar:

Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Golden Temple and the 'Darbar Sahib, is the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.

Goa:

This pint-sized state is more than just beaches, booze, and trance parties. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, and spirituality, there's nowhere in India quite like it. There is so much that is unique about Goa, with many visitors finding the laid-back pace of life in marked contrast to the frenetic pace of the north.

First Time India Travelers

If this is your first time in India here are a few information to help guide your way through this colorful country.

There's no denying that traveling to India can be a major culture shock, especially on your first visit. It's a huge and bewildering country, with many different religions and cultures, and cities that roar with traffic and bustle with activity non-stop.

India is a country that challenges and frustrates a visitor almost as much as it delights, enchants and rewards. For many people traveling in India is a highlight of all their travels and they return again and again but, for some, they find the culture shock of their first trip to India is quite overwhelming.

Many travelers have a love/ hate relationship with India, especially the first time, it gets easier once you get used to India and know what to expect! The right preparation can go a long way to making sure your first trip to India is memorable for all the right reasons!

Useful tips can be found here:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/travel-tips-and-articles/5-tips-for-india-first-timers/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d27705ec

https://www.roughguides.com/article/india-ten-tips-for-first-time-travellers/

https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/India/

http://www.global-gallivanting.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-trip-to-india/

Health in India

One of the biggest worries people have when visiting India is about getting sick. You should visit your doctor to check if you need any vaccinations and get professional health advice before traveling to India. Don’t leave this until the last minute, go about 6 – 8 weeks before traveling because some of the vaccinations require a course of treatment spanning several weeks.

More Information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india
or in German here:
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/aussenpolitik/laender/indien-node/indiensicherheit/205998

Apply for a Tourist Visa for India

All visitors require a visa to visit India, Most travelers to India do so on a 3 – 6 Month Tourist Visa that you have to apply for in advance, usually from your home country. Bear in mind that the visa is valid from the date of issue not the date of arrival in India, so you need to plan where and when you will travel in India before applying for your visa or it could expire before your trip! It usually takes about 2 weeks to obtain a visa so I recommend applying 1 month beforehand to allow enough time to obtain the visa without wasting too much of the validity time of the visa.

E -Visas: Applying for a longer visa for India is time-consuming and can be quite a hassle. Luckily, new E-Visas have recently been introduced for citizens from 161 countries including UK and Ireland, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and many European Countries.

Useful links with more information:

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
https://www.indianembassy.de/
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

How to book your travels within India:
Make My trip is one of the safest and common used booking platforms in India, which is covering most parts of India. However, it is highly recommended to buy a travel guide for India, which will also display the local booking platforms.

https://www.makemytrip.com

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