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The Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised voluntary award for beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators accorded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), Denmark.

A beach of any FEE member country can be accorded the annual certification provided that it must meet and maintain 33 stringent criteria related to environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related parameters. 

Blessed with a long coastline, Indian peninsula is home to some of a plethora of beaches that lie along the east and west coast of India. There are currently ten Blue Flag certified beaches in India.

If you are a beach person, you might consider the latest Blue Flag beaches list in India mentioned below for your travel bucket list. The list has been compiled in a uniform anti-clockwise order from west to east so that you can plan the travel itinerary accordingly.

Shivrajpur, Gujarat

The long, pristine beach near the Shivrajpur village is an ideal destination for people who cherish long walks. Watch out for the beautiful dolphins or some exotic birds here. The place is just 11.7 Km away from the city of Dwarka. 

Club Mahindra Dwarka can be your ideal choice for staying while visiting Shivrajpur. You can make this serene resort a base to visit other coastal sites like Okha, Madhi, and Poshitara. Let the cool sea breeze calm your mind while you seek blessings at the magnificent Dwarkadhish Temple. 

Ghoghla, Diu

The largest beach in Diu, Ghoghla has clear waters and golden sands round the year. Located on the northern outskirts of Diu, the place is relatively less populated than other beaches in Diu. Although, the beach is likely to attract more tourists in future as it You can indulge in some water sports like surfing, parasailing, etc. 

You can check into the beautiful Azzaro Resorts and Spa, a Club Mahindra affiliate resort in Diu. The lush greenery surrounding the resort, gracious hospitality, and soothing spa treatments can be just the right thing you would want to escape from the daily hassles of life.

Kasarkod, Karnataka

The Kasarkod beach stretches to 5 Km and is covered in powdery white sand. The beach is relatively less crowded than the other popular beaches in Karnataka. It can be an ideal destination for tourists who avoid crowded places and get cosy with the nature. 

Padubidri, Karnataka

Located in the Udupi district of Karnataka, Padubidri offers a variety of water sports and adventure rides. This beach is also an ideal place for watching the sunset while on a long evening walk.

Kappad, Kerala

The Kappad beach has a historical significance as it is here where Vasco De Gama was believed to first stepped on in 1498. You can take a houseboat cruise down the river for an unforgettable experience. The famous hill station Wayanad is about 84 Km from here.

Travel Tip: Stay at the Vythiri Village resort in Wayanad and explore the surrounding tourist spots in a couple of days. After that, visit Kappad on a new day. 

Kovalam, Tamil Nadu

One of the two latest entrants in Blue Flag certification beaches in India, Kovalam beach is also known as Covelong. The place should not be confused with the Kovalam beach in Kerala. While you are here, you can’t miss visiting the ancient Dutch fort situated at the beach. The 

Eden, Puducherry

The other latest beach to become a Blue Flag beach in India, Eden beach is located between the Arts and Crafts Village and the Paradise beach. Scuba diving, sit-out umbrella, and amphitheatre are some of the major attractions here.

Travel Tip: Check into Club Mahindra Puducherry first. Explore the nearby places, including Eden beach, during the first two to three days. After that, visit the Kovalam beach on the fourth day, which is 131 Km from Puducherry and return to the resort to end the day on a high by indulging in a delectable dinner replete with delicious local specialties. 

Radhanagar, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The Radhanagar beach in Havelock Island is not new to attention. Long before its inclusion in the list of Blue Flag beaches in India, Time Magazine in 2004 named it the best beach in Asia and the seventh best in the world. 

The Symphony Palms, an affiliate Club Mahindra Resort in Havelock Island is a great place to stay for your visit to Radhanagar. The Club Mahindra affiliate resort is equally welcoming to honeymoon couples or families with children.

Rushikonda, Andhra Pradesh

Located just 8 Kms from Vishakhapatnam, the Rushikonda beach is surrounded by greenery. You will be mesmerised by the golden sands and the wave from the Bay of Bengal sweeping the shore. It is a perfect place to relax by the beach with your friends and family.

Golden Beach, Puri, Odisha

Also known as the Puri beach, it got its name from a stretch of fine golden sand. The place is closer to the famous Jagannath Temple and is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations.

So, that’s the list of Blue Flag beaches in India. Pack your bags, put on your beach hat, and get ready to explore these magnificent beaches to recharge yourself. 

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