A day at the beach includes sunny skies, clear waters, the soothing sound of the waves and much more if you are visiting any of the Blue Flag beaches in India.
With a coastline of over 7,000 km, India has many beautiful beaches. Some popular, some not well known, some hidden gems and truly underrated but all of them equally amazing. The Government tries to maintain these beaches with regular cleaning drives and by spreading awareness among people about the importance of keeping the beaches clean. This sincere effort from our Government has led to a handful of our beaches being recognized with a Blue Flag beach tag.
What is a Blue Flag Beach Tag?
A Blue Flag Beach Certification is awarded to beaches that meet strict environmental, educational, safety and accessibility standards. It is the world’s most well-known certification awarded by a Danish non-profit organization called Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
And till date, 12 beaches in India have earned the Blue Flag Beach Tag.
Let’s check them out!
Golden Beach, Odisha
Also known as Puri Beach and located near the Konark Sun Temple, it was the first ever beach in Asia to receive the Blue Flag beach Tag. It annually hosts the Puri Beach Festival wherein sand artists come and display their art. Equipped with cycle and walking tracks and an open theatre, this is the most visited of all the Blue Flag beaches in India. If you are looking for a perfect spot to go surfing, then you must include Golden Beach in your Odisha tour packages.
Shivrajpur Beach, Gujarat
Located along the Dwarka-Okha Highway, Shivrajpur Beach is simply stunning. You must visit it during your Gujarat holiday if you wish to spot dolphins or are interested in birdwatching. This beach is a regular hangout spot for birds like flamingos, pelicans, painted storks, etc. This disabled-friendly beach has shallow waters which are perfect for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, etc.
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Ghoghla Beach, Diu
The largest beach in Diu, Ghoghla Beach is located close to the Diu Fort and Saint Paul’s Church. It has an open gymnasium, a park, accommodation facilities, and bio-toilets for visitors. Visitors can take part in many water sports activities such as surfing, parasailing, banana boating, and swimming or visit the fishing villages, churches, and forts scattered around nearby.
Kasarkod Beach, Karnataka
Developed by the Karnataka’s Forest and Tourism Department, Kasarkod Beach is one of the least explored Blue Flag beaches in India. Surrounded by the swaying she-oak trees, this underrated beach is perfect for swimming, boating, and sightseeing. The beach is home to many sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives such as a solid waste treatement plant, greywater treatment plant, solar power plant, etc.
Padubidri Beach, Karnataka
Known for the Dakkebali Ritual (Nagaradhane) – a form of snake worship, which is held here every 2 years, the Padubidri Beach is one of the most adventurous Blue Flag beaches in India. Many fun-filled activities and events are hosted here, such as fairs, tournaments, volleyball matches, banana boating, etc. Surrounded by palm trees and lined with park benches it is an interesting place to include in your Karnataka tour packages, don’t you think?
Kappad Beach, Kerala
Out of all the blue flag beaches in India, Kappad Beach holds high historical significance. The famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama arrived on this beach in 1498. This beach in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, has a walking path, jogging tracks, washrooms for the disabled, changing rooms, and showers. During your Kerala holiday, you could go on a houseboat cruise or sit at the odd rock formations and witness the Korappuzha River merge with the Arabian Sea.
Rushikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh
Aptly called the “jewel of the east coast”, Rushikonda Beach is a paradise for nature lovers. With its untouched and unmatched natural beauty and close proximity to the city of Visakhapatnam, Rushikonda beach must be included in your Andhra Pradesh tour package as a sightseeing activity. Here, you can take part in various exciting activities like water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, etc.
Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
It is impossible to talk about our Andaman and Nicobar tour packages and not mention Havelock Islands. And Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island surely steals the show. Also known as Beach No.7, it was voted the best beach in Asia by Time Magazine in 2004. Surrounded by palm trees, a tropical forest, and emerald green waters, this white sandy beach has huts, benches, and loungers placed all along the shoreline for the visitors to relax and soak in the beauty.
Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Kovalam Beach or Covelong Beach is the only black sand beach in our list of Blue Flag beaches in India. It is home to the Vizhinjam lighthouse which has been operating since 1972. Many tourists come here to indulge in several exciting activities such as catamaran cruising, fishing, diving, sailing, parasailing, windsurfing, etc. As the sun sets down, the beach comes to life with bonfires and many other beach camping activities.
Eden Beach, Pondicherry
When you book a Pondicherry tour package, make sure you visit Eden Beach which is located between the Arts and Crafts Village and Paradise Beach. One of the most scenic Blue Flag beaches in India, Eden beach has backwaters that give you the feel and vibe of Kerala away from Kerala. The beach is equipped with healthcare centers; a children’s play area, fitness equipment, an amphitheater, umbrella huts, and special rooms for the disabled. It is one of the best places to go scuba diving and awe at the peculiar underwater marine life.
Minicoy Thundi Beach, Lakshadweep
The newest entry to the list of Blue Flag beaches in India, Minicoy Thundi Beach is located on Minicoy Island in the Lakshadweep archipelago. Surrounded by crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea, this pearly white sandy beach has many activities like tuna canning, tuna farming and canoeing for the visitors to indulge in. If you wish to take in the panoramic view of this crescent-shaped island, then visit the British-era lighthouse and marvel at this southernmost island of India.
Kadamat Beach, Lakshadweep
A part of the Amimdivi group of Islands, Kadamat Beach is also called Cardamom beach. Known for its blue lagoon waters, coral reefs, marine turtles, deep sea fishing, kayaking, and glass boat sailing, the Kadamat Beach must be included in your Lakshadweep tour packages. Along with Minicoy Thundi Beach, Kadamat Beach is the latest name to make it to the list of blue flag beaches in India.
Beaches have become an integral part of our lives. There is something soothing about the sound of water that helps us calm down after a rough day and gives us the peace and solitude we need in time of distress.
Beaches are also fun and entertaining. They are one of the best places to go on a trip with your loved ones. And what would be better than visiting one of the Blue Flag beaches in India?
Now that you know about all the Blue Flag beaches in India, where do you plan to visit first?
Let us know in the comments below.
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