World's Most Beautiful Canal Cities
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Women in candy-colored saris scrub clothes in the shallows, cormorants rest on wood pilings poking out of the water, and shimmering rice paddies merge with the horizon. If you were looking for an excuse to upgrade your camera, a trip to this picturesque water world in southern India is it. These canals were dug about 100 years ago to aid the transport of coir, a coconut-husk fiber used in floor mats, brushes, and rope.
How to Do It Right: Rent a houseboat with a jackwood hull and bamboo-and-palm living quarters from the Alappuzha District Tourism Promotion Council’s “houseboat pre-paid counter.”