As we all know India is a peninsular country, meaning it has water in 3 surrounding sides. It also means we have beautiful beaches on all the 3 sides. Now as we have so many beaches around some of our beaches are awarded a Blue Flag certificate, which is a big deal for us. Now you might wonder what is Blue Flag certificate? Let's know more about it.
What is a Blue Flag certificate :
The Blue Flag certificate is an international eco-label. It is awarded by Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark. This certification is based on 33 criteria which are headed by 4 main points. These points are, (i) environmental education and information, (ii) bathing water quality, (iii) environment management and conservation and (iv) safety and security services at the beach area. This award is decided by an international jury comprising the members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
The environment ministry said India has also been honored the third prize by the jury under the "International Best Practices" for pollution control in coastal regions.
This Blue Flag Certificate can be granted to marinas, beaches or sustainable boating tourism operators that qualify the set standards by FEE on the environment. Hence, to get this type of certificate a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
India is the only country that has gained the Blue Flag certification in two years' time. Similarly, Japan, South Korea and UAE are the only other Asian nations that have been conferred with a couple of Blue Flag beaches in a period of about five to six years.
India is also the first country in "Asia-Pacific" region which has achieved this honour in just about 2 years' time," Shri Javadekar further stated in another tweet.
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List of beaches awarded by Blue Flag certificate:
Shivrajpur in Gujarat
This long, pristine beach stretches near the shivrajpur village, between a lighthouse and a rocky shoreline make a perfect destination for all beach lovers. It is ideal for a long walk. One can just sit and relax and watch the sun setting in beautiful shades while sipping your favorite drink.
Ghoghla in Diu
Ghoghla is the largest beach in Diu and is famous for its splendid view, cathedrals and fortresses. This secluded long stretch of clean sand has very less crowd and a paradise for foodies as it has numerous restaurants near the beach. Tourists can peacefully have some delicious food while being along the gentle waves and cool breeze.
Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka
Padubidri beach is located in the Udupi district and Kasarkod beach is located near the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Both of these beaches offer quite an experience in itself and it offers something to every type of tourist.
Kappad in Kerala
The Kappad beach is located near Koyilandy, Kerala. It has a massive historical significance as The Great Vasco da Gama, first entered India from this coast in 1498. People come here to explore the scenic beauty and relaxation. This beach also has a park which includes a restroom, restaurant and seating.
Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh
Rushikonda beach is located on the east coast of Andhra Pradesh. It is a mere 8 km from Vizag. Rushikonda beach is the perfect place to enjoy water sports like swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, etc. This beach has something for everyone.
Golden in Odisha
The Golden beach is located in Puri, Odisha. Also famous for its ancient temples, the temple city Puri has maximum tourists coming to the golden beach. Grand Marine Drive road which is parallel to the beach is a very popular spot. People come here for long morning walks especially in the early morning and late evening.
Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Radhanagar beach, located on the Havelock islands of Andaman is the 7th best beach in the World. Also, it is Asia’s BEST beach. As sand here is as clean as ever and water is crystal clear, it makes a perfect spot for honeymooners and adventure seekers.