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Bitten by the travel bug? Here are 8 Indian beaches accorded the prestigious "Blue Flag" status

Updated : 2020-10-13 17:14:00

Eight beaches in India have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag certification, according to the environment ministry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the prestigious certification for the eight beaches as a wonderful feat and said it showcases the importance India attaches to protecting such spots and furthering sustainable development.

"Eight of India's serene beaches get the prestigious Blue Flag Certification. This showcases the importance India attaches to protecting such spots and furthering sustainable development. Truly a wonderful feat!" the prime minister tweeted, tagging a report in this regard.

Terming it a "proud moment" for the country, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the certification is a global recognition of India's conservation and sustainable development efforts.

The Blue Flag certification is an internationally recognized Eco-label accorded by Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark. The status is accorded only after meeting thirty-three criteria under four major areas namely- environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environmental management and conservation, and safety and services at the beaches. Here is a look at the desi beaches that were accorded the prestigious certificate:(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
The Blue Flag certification is an internationally recognized Eco-label accorded by Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark. The status is accorded only after meeting thirty-three criteria under four major areas namely- environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environmental management and conservation, and safety and services at the beaches. Here is a look at the desi beaches that were accorded the prestigious certificate:(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
 Shivrajpur:   Located not far from Dwaraka’s famous Rukmani temple the long beach is adorned by a lighthouse and a rocky shoreline. With no urban centres nearby, the beach is perfect for families looking for a place to hang out. (Image:  Gujarat tourism website)
Shivrajpur:  Located not far from Dwaraka’s famous Rukmani temple the long beach is adorned by a lighthouse and a rocky shoreline. With no urban centres nearby, the beach is perfect for families looking for a place to hang out. (Image:  Gujarat tourism website)
 Ghoghla:  The beach, located in a village not far from Diu, has become an attraction for tourists interested in adventure sports. (Image: Diu official  tourism website)
Ghoghla: The beach, located in a village not far from Diu, has become an attraction for tourists interested in adventure sports. (Image: Diu official  tourism website)
 Kasargod:  The beach located in Karnataka’s west coast has been developed by the Tourism and Forest Departments, along with Kasarkod Village Forest Committee. The beach has several attractions including a plantation, boating facility and a park. (Image: Beach Album of India, Instagram)
Kasargod: The beach located in Karnataka’s west coast has been developed by the Tourism and Forest Departments, along with Kasarkod Village Forest Committee. The beach has several attractions including a plantation, boating facility and a park. (Image: Beach Album of India, Instagram)
 Padubidri:  Located between Mangalore and Udupi, the beach is a perfect abode for anyone looking to spend quality time away from crowds. (Image: Instagram)
Padubidri: Located between Mangalore and Udupi, the beach is a perfect abode for anyone looking to spend quality time away from crowds. (Image: Instagram)
 Kappad:   The beach in Kerala has a significant place in Indians history as it was in these shores, over 500 years ago in 1498, 170 men led by Vasco- da-Gama first stepped onto India. From the sandy beach to rocks that are visited by migratory birds, the historic beach is a must-visit place for everyone. (Image: Kerala tourism website)
Kappad: The beach in Kerala has a significant place in Indians history as it was in these shores, over 500 years ago in 1498, 170 men led by Vasco- da-Gama first stepped onto India. From the sandy beach to rocks that are visited by migratory birds, the historic beach is a must-visit place for everyone. (Image: Kerala tourism website)
 Rushikonda:  Located on the coast of Bay of Bengal near Visakhapatnam, this Andhra beach attracts tourists from across the country especially those interested in water sports. ( Image: vizagtourism website)
Rushikonda: Located on the coast of Bay of Bengal near Visakhapatnam, this Andhra beach attracts tourists from across the country especially those interested in water sports. ( Image: vizagtourism website)
 Golden:  A popular beach located near the temple town of Puri, this beach is not only a foodies paradise but also a safe zone for disabled and those looking to take a dip in the waters. (Image: Odisha tourism, Instagram)
Golden: A popular beach located near the temple town of Puri, this beach is not only a foodies paradise but also a safe zone for disabled and those looking to take a dip in the waters. (Image: Odisha tourism, Instagram)
 Radhanagar:  Located in Andaman’s Havelock Island, was awarded the title of the “seventh best beach in the world’ and Asia’s best by  Times Magazine .  (Image: Instagram)
Radhanagar: Located in Andaman’s Havelock Island, was awarded the title of the “seventh best beach in the world’ and Asia’s best by Times Magazine.  (Image: Instagram)
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