Top 10 World Famous Canals | Man-Made Shipping Canals

Canals are human-made passages for water. People have built canals from the early age of civilization. Canals are usually made for irrigation and an inevitable part of agriculture. As the ancient cities are flourished in the agricultural area, they have many canals. Often cities are identified with canals. Today we enlisted some of the most famous canals in the world. Some of these canals are also very popular as human-made shipping channels.

World Famous Canals:

10. Stockholm Canals

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Stockholm Canals
Stockholm Canals | image credit

Well known as the “Venice of the North”, Stockholm is situated on 14 islands in Sweden. It is interconnecting all the islands. It looks like there are canals and boats everywhere. A great way to explore the islands is to rent a canoe or kayak and paddling between the city’s islands.

9. Alappuzha

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Alappuzha
Alappuzha | image credit – Wikimedia/Vinayaraj

Alappuzha is an ancient and beautiful city, full of canals in India. The city is also known as the “Venice of the East“. Alappuzha is connected to the famous Kerala backwaters. It is the most popular tourist attractions in Alappuzha. Alappuzha is famous for Snake Boat Race where teams of rowers compete for the ‘Nehru Trophy‘.

8. Bangkok Klongs

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Bangkok Klongs
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Bangkok is one of the most charming cities in the world. The city is specifically famous for its canals. Canals can be seen all around Bangkok and these canals make the city more special.

The Thai name for the canal is “Klong”. People used klongs for transportation and commerce throughout Thailand. Numerous wooden boats passing through the canals are really a wonderful view.

7. Nan Madol

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Nan Madol
Nan Madol | image credit – Flickr/NOAA Photo Library

Nan Madol is a series of small artificial islands situated off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei, in Micronesia. Probably in the 8th century, the construction of the islands started but the unique megalithic architecture of Nan Madol was approximately between the 1200 and 1300 AD. And of course, tourists will find a lot of beautiful canals inbetween these islands.

6. Suzhou Canals

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Suzhou Canals
Suzhou Canals | image credit – Wikimedia/Peripitus

Renowned as “The Venice of China,” Suzhou is situated in Eastern China on the lower Yangtze River. The city was founded in the 5th century BC. It is famous for its marvelous waterways, its labyrinthine gardens, and historic stone bridges. Suzhou is also known for its silk trade and for its vicinity to the Grand Canal. This canal is one of the “longest waterway trade routes” in the world.

5. Panama Canal

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Panama Canal
Panama Canal | image credit – Wikimedia/Stan Shebs

This is probably the one canal that you are already familiar with. Panama Canal is famous for connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The man-made shipping canal is 77 km (48 miles) long and changed the course of trade cargoes and travel.

Finished in 1914, the canal enables ships to pass through sets of locks to get from one side to the other and remove the need for ships to take a long and dangerous route around the point of South America. Every year around 14,000 ships passes the Panama Canal.

4. Hoi An

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Hoi An
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Hoi An, formally was a fishing village has turned into a tourist hotspot for its marvelous canals. It is situated on the coast of the South China Sea in Vietnam. Although the shipping business has long since moved to the city of Da Nang, Hoi An has been an international port from the 16th century. The heart of the city still lies in the Old Town, full of Chinese-styled shophouses and winding lanes.

3. Canals of Bruges

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Canals of Bruges
Canals of Bruges | image credit – Wikimedia/Marc Ryckaert

Canals of Bruges are world-famous for their beauty. Bruges is a well preserved medieval city in Europe and Belgium’s most popular attraction. Bruges is often called ‘The Venice of the North’ because of its canals.

The ‘Reie’ river had been turned into a network of canals in the middle Ages that helped the traders to bring their products to the large Water Halls at the Market. A boat ride on these famous canals can make you feel dreamy.

2. Canals of Amsterdam

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Canals of Amsterdam
Canals of Amsterdam | image credit – Wikimedia/Fabienkhan

Amsterdam, a city of canals is called “The Venice of the North”. It has more than 100 canals. In the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam began building its famous canals. The three main canals are Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht known as the “Grachtengordel“. These canals were placed on the “World Heritage Site”.

1. Canals of Venice

Top 10 World Famous Canals, Canals of Venice
Canals of Venice | image credit – Wikimedia/gnuckx

Culturally influential, The Medieval city of Venice in Italy is also referred to as “The City of Water”. It is so famous for its canals that many cities that are full of canals are referred as “the Venice of….” you have already noticed. The city is a series of 118 small islands separated by canals. The city with its canals and age-old buildings beside the canals give it a magnificent beauty.

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