12 cleanest beaches of India

From Gujarat to Kerala and Odisha to Puducherry, many beaches offer mesmerizing views of the sunrise, sunset, and coastal life. Some beaches, however, additionally stand out for their cleanliness and sustainability. Here are 12 cleanest beaches of India

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Kadmat Beach, Lakshadweep

Kadmat Beach, Lakshadweep

India is home to some spectacularly beautiful beaches. From Gujarat to Kerala and Odisha to Puducherry, many beaches offer mesmerizing views of the sunrise, sunset and coastal life. Some beaches, however, stand out for the cleanliness and sustainability measures.

The Foundation for Environmental Education, Denmark, gives a global eco-level tag to beaches that meet environmental, cleanliness, and safety-related criteria. These beaches are then called Blue Flag beaches, selected by an international jury comprising members of the UN Environment Programme, UN World Tourism Organization, the Foundation for Environmental Education and IUCN.

In India, these beaches are in Lakshadweep, Gujarat, Diu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Puducherry and in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Here are India’s 12 cleanest beaches that stand out globally:

1. Minicoy Thundi Beach, Lakshadweep

Thundi Beach stands as a pristine oasis within the breathtaking Lakshadweep archipelago. Here, stretches of pristine white sand meet the turquoise lagoon waters, painting a scene of serenity and beauty.

minicoy thundi Beach, Lakshadweep
minicoy thundi Beach, Lakshadweep. Pic: PIB

2. Kadmat Beach, Lakshadweep

Kadmat Beach has an expansive lagoon and vast sandy shores that encompass magnificent coral formations. Renowned as a hotspot for cruise tourists, it captivates visitors with thrilling water sports opportunities.

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Kadmat beach, Lakshadweep. Pic: Wikipedia

3. Ghoghla, Diu

Ghoghla is the largest beach of the Diu union territory and has Golden sand.

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Ghoghla, Diu. Pic: Flickr

4. Kasarkod beach in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka

It has solid waste management plants, greywater treatment plants, seating arrangements, clean drinking water, and many other amenities.

Kasarkod, Karnataka. Pic: Flickr

5. Shivrajpur, Dwarka, Gujarat

This pristine beach near the Shivrajpur village stretches between a lighthouse and a rocky shoreline. It offers many activities including snorkeling, scuba diving and island tours.

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Shivrajpur, Dwarka. Pic: Flickr

6. Padubidri, Udupi, Karnataka

It has a 200-metre-long safe swimming pool and is well known for its cleanliness.

Padubidri, Karnataka

7. Kappad beach, Kerala

About 16 km from Kozhikode, the beach is clean and also historic as Vasco-da-Gama landed here in 1498.

Kappad, Kerala. Pic: Flickr

8. Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, this beach has golden sands with clear blue waters and greenery all around. Amid the frothy blue sea and emerald greenery, the scenery at this beach is mesmerizing and breathtaking.

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Rushikonda, Andhra Pradesh

9. Golden Beach or Puri beach, Odisha

This is the site of the annual Puri Beach Festival and also home to many sand works, including that of award-winning artist Sudarshan Pattnaik. It’s gold-hued sand is clean and the beach is devoid of pollution.

golden beach
Golden Beach, Odisha. Pic: Flickr

10. Radhanagar, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

This beach at Swaraj (Havelock) Island is famous for its turquoise water and lush greenery around. It is also among the world's top 10 most beautiful beaches.

Radhanagar beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Pic: Flickr

11. Eden Beach in Chinna Veerampattinam near Pondicherry (Puducherry)

With sparkling white sand and azure blue waters, Eden Beach is a local as well as international tourist attraction.

Eden beach, Puducherry. Pic: Flickr

12. Kovalam Beach, Kerala

An internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches, it has been a hit with tourists since the 1930s.

Kovalam, Kerala. Pic: Flickr

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