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India’s Venice

By Linda Tancs

Thanks to a large network of inland canals, the maritime travel industry in Alleppey (Alappuzha) is thriving. In fact, the proliferation of barges for sightseeing and houseboat cruising in the backwaters earns it the title “Venice of the East.” Located in southern India, its waterways also serve as the largest source of freshwater in the country, supporting local agriculture and fishing. Alleppey is the access point for one of the biggest events of the year, this weekend’s Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Held annually on the second Saturday of August, the competition takes place on Punnamada Lake and is the country’s most popular and competitive boat race.

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