Two More Indian Beaches Go Blue!

Nov 1, 2022, 12:41 IST

two Lakshadweep beaches get Blue Flag certification

Two Lakshadweep beaches have received the Blue Flag eco-label for their sustainability and eco-consciousness

We are blessed in India with a wonderful coastline and stunning beaches, and the world has increasingly been taking notice of these. 

The globally-recognised Blue Flag certification is accorded by the Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark (FEE) to noteworthy beaches across the world. Stringent criteria across 33 parameters related to the environment, education, safety and accessibility must be met and maintained to qualify for this prestigious eco label. The Blue Flag initiative’s mission is to promote sustainability in the tourism industry through protection of the environment, education about the environment and other practices related to sustainable development.

two Lakshadweep beaches get Blue Flag certification


Recognising India’s continued commitment to protect and conserve its coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic resource management, the Blue Flag has been accorded to two beaches in Lakshadweep – the Minicoy Thundi Beach and the Kadmat Beach.

With the inclusion of these two beaches, the number of Indian beaches thus certified goes up to 12.  The other Indian beaches with the Blue Flag certification are Padubidri and Kasarkod in Karnataka (not to be confused with Kasargod in Kerala), Kasar Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Kappad in Kerala, Golden Beach in Odisha, Kovalam in Tamil Nadu, Ghoghla in Diu, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar, and Eden in Puducherry.

Popular with both swimmers as well as sun worshippers, the pristine
Minicoy Thundi Beach, with the turquoise blue waters of the lagoon lapping at its white sands, is known to be one of the most picturesque beaches of the Lakshadweep archipelago.  

Kadmat Beach, on the other hand, is known for its water sports opportunities and is popular with cruise visitors. It boasts a lagoon with blue waters, pearly-white sand, welcoming locals and a moderate climate. 

Complying with the 33 criteria mandated by the FEE, both beaches have made arrangements to ensure the safety and security of swimmers and other visitors and for the continued cleanliness and overall maintenance of the beaches themselves. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the people of Lakshadweep after its beaches achieved the Blue Flag certification. He tweeted, “This is great! Congratulations, particularly to the people of Lakshadweep, for this feat. India’s coastline is remarkable and there is also a great amount of passion among our people to further coastal cleanliness.”

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