India is home to ten beaches with Blue Flag certification, a global eco-level tag given to beaches that meet 33 environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria. Last week, Kovalam beach in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry received the certification accorded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, Denmark.
According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the Foundation has also given re-certification for eight beaches that were awarded the certificate on October 6 last year. These are the Shivrajpur beach in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri beaches of Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda beach of Andhra Pradesh, Golden (also known as Puri beach) in Odisha, Eden beach in Puducherry and Radhanagar beach of Swaraj (Havemor) Island in Andaman and Nicobar.
The certification provides owners or operators of beaches, marinas and boats the right to display the Blue Flag. They also undertake the responsibility of ensuring continued compliance with all criteria. The Foundation, through local partners, carries out periodic checks to ensure compliance. Here are India’s 10 Blue Flag beaches in pictures: