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Three Cities Known as the 'Venice of the East'

By Siji Ram

Though Alleppey or Alappuzha in Kerala is popularly called as the 'Venice of the East', there are several other cities across the world that carry the same tag. Among these, three cities are located in India. Let us get to know more about these cities.

1. Srinagar

Srinagar is a popular tourist destination located in the Northern tip of India. Popularly known as the 'Paradise on Earth', the place is also known as the 'Venice of the East' and 'Kashmiri Venice'. Dal Lake, Nigeen Lake, Khushal Sar and Gil Sar are some of the lakes that makes this place spectacular. Wular Lake in Srinagar is Asia's largest fresh water lake.


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2. Udaipur

Another 'Venice of the East' is Udaipur in Rajasthan. Udaipur is a beautiful city that flaunt lakes and palaces, paving way for a royal retreat. Two stunning artificial lakes in Udaipur are Fateh Sagar Lake and Doodh Talai Lake. Majestic forts and fort palaces are other attractions of the city.


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3. Alleppey

Here come the most popular 'Venice of the East'. Alleppey is known for its serene backwaters and the scenic beauty it emanates. A houseboat cruise is something to be experienced here. Alleppey is also among the top tourist destinations in Kerala.


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Something About the Other 'Venices of the East'

Venice is a beautiful city located in Italy. Known for its tranquillity and charm, it is also known as the 'Water City', the 'City of Bridges', etc.

Some of the cities across the world that holds the same tag are Dhaka in Bangladesh, Barisal in Bangladesh, Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, Lijiang in China, Hanoi in Vietnam, Bangkok in Thailand, Ayutthaya in Thailand, Manila in Philippines, Melaka in Malaysia, Osaka in Japan, Basra in Iraq, Palembang in Indonesia, Wuzhen in China, Suzhou in China and Tongli in China.

If you're in India, visit the three cities that resemble an international beauty, and if you have plans to travel across the world, the other places listed above may interest you if you are curious to find out what has earned these places the name 'Venice of the East'.

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