We have a marvellous time attending our friends wedding in Hyderabad and as most of you know - no, no photos of anything personal that's not Heike or myself. Two days of wedding festivities with us looking with big eyes as the never-ending flow of festivities, rituals, people coming and going. Gosh, there was even a horse! We arrived a day earlier to explore Hyderabad a bit and found two gems of architecture, both abandoned for a long time. We sneaked into the Kursheed Jah Devdi, an old and completely derelict Palace and convinced the film crew preparing a shooting there to let us walk around. Afterwards we went to the British Residency, or the Koti Women's college which thankfully is seeing the first wave of restoration. There caretaker allowed us to have a close look at this breathtaking building.
After the wedding we flew to Kochi on India's south-west coast to explore the old fort of Cochin with is narrow alleys, old wooden doors and to see the famous Chinese fishing platforms. Kochi (well, the old town) is really pleasant to explore by foot, not too much hassle and a surprisingly active art scene, there's exhibitions everywhere and the old town is littered with interesting streetart. Only a day really before we carried on to the Kerala Backwaters to spend a night on a houseboat. One of Heike's long time favourites finally visited. A very enjoyable tour, not even mentioning the fact that we stuffed our faces with yummy Indian food. Enjoy the photos.