12 of the cleanest beaches in India with Blue Flag Certification

12 of the cleanest beaches in India with Blue Flag Certification

12 of the cleanest beaches in India with Blue Flag Certification

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Everyone loves some sun and sand, but keeping our beaches spick and span can be tricky, given the sheer number of tourists and activities on our shores. However, a handful of beaches across India have been maintained squeaky clean and pristine. In 2024, 12 of India’s beaches have been certified with a Blue Flag, an international certification for the cleanest beaches in the world.

What is the Blue Flag Certification?

The Blue Flag certification is an eco-level tag that is one of the world’s most recognised awards for clean, safe, and environmentally friendly beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. It is presented by the Denmark-based agency Foundation for Environment Education (FEE). 

The certification aims to provide tourists with clean and hygienic bathing water, amenities, and a safe and healthy environment, while also ensuring sustainable development of the area. To qualify for a Blue Flag, 33 stringent criteria relating to environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environmental management, conservation, and safety and accessibility standards must be met by the beaches.

The evaluation process

Individual municipalities apply for the certification to the National Jury, which conducts an initial evaluation before sending approved cases to the International Jury. The International Jury consists of members from the FEE Board, UNESCO, European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The jury evaluates several factors, including waste management, cleanliness, bathing facilities, disability-friendly facilities, parking facilities, solar lighting, and more. The certification is awarded every sailing or bathing season; over 5,000 marinas, beaches, and tourist boats across 51 countries have received a Blue Flag in 2024.

The Full List of Blue Flag Beaches in India for 2024

Shivrajpur Beach, Gujarat  

Known for its white sandy shores and clear blue waters, Shivrajpur Beach offers a serene escape and is ideal for swimming and water sports.

Ghoghla Beach, Diu  

This beach is famous for its golden sands and tranquil environment, perfect for a peaceful day by the sea.

Kasarkod Beach, Karnataka 

Kasarkod Beach is a relatively unexplored gem with lush greenery and clean sands, making it a great spot for relaxation.

Padubidri Beach, Karnataka  

Known for its pristine environment and beautiful sunsets, Padubidri Beach also offers various water sports and activities.

Kappad Beach, Kerala  

Steeped in history, Kappad Beach is where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. It is a picturesque beach with rocky outcrops and calm waters.

Rushikonda Beach, Andhra Pradesh  

A popular spot for water sports, Rushikonda Beach is known for its golden sands and stunning scenic views.

Golden Beach, Odisha  

As its name suggests, Golden Beach boasts shimmering sands and is part of the larger Puri beach, offering a vibrant atmosphere.

Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands  

Frequently listed among the world’s best beaches, Radhanagar Beach is famous for its white sands, turquoise waters, and lush surroundings.

Kovalam Beach, Tamil Nadu  

Not to be confused with Kovalam in Kerala, this beach in Tamil Nadu is a beautiful, less crowded spot with clear waters and scenic beauty.

Eden Beach, Puducherry  

Eden Beach is known for its clean, serene environment and is an excellent spot for a quiet retreat and swimming.

Tarkarli Beach, Maharashtra  

Famous for its water clarity and coral reefs, Tarkarli Beach is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts.

Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep  

A tropical paradise, Bangaram Beach offers stunning coral reefs, clear blue waters, and abundant marine life, perfect for diving and snorkeling.

These beaches have been recognized not only for their cleanliness and facilities but also for their commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism practices. Visitors to these Blue Flag beaches can expect a superior experience that meets international standards for safety, amenities, and eco-friendliness.