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Blue Flag Certification- Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach included in the List of Blue Beach

List of Blue Beach in India: Why important for UPSC Exam?

Blue Flag Certificate: Blue beach certificates are a recognition of cleanliness and sustainability of Beaches. List of Blue Beach in India is important for UPSC Prelims Exam (Environment) and UPSC Mains Exam (GS Paper 3- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation).



List of Blue Beach in India in News

  • Recently, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated, particularly the people of Lakshadweep as Minicoy, Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach make it to coveted list of Blue Beaches.
    • This takes the number of beaches certified under the Blue Flag certification to twelve (12).
  • He also highlighted India’s remarkable coastline and lauded the passion among Indians to further coastal cleanliness.


List of Blue Beach in India

State/UT Blue Beaches
Gujrat Shivrajpur
Karnataka Kasarkod and


Kerala Kappad
Andhra Pradesh Rushikonda
Odisha Golden beach
Tamil Nadu Kovalam
Andaman and Nicobar Radhanagar
Puducherry Eden
Diu Ghoghla
Lakshadweep Thundi Beach

Kadmat Beach


Key Points about Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach

  • Thundi Beach: It is one of the most pristine and picturesque beaches in the Lakshadweep archipelago where white sand is lined by turquoise blue water of the lagoon.
    • It is a paradise for swimmers and tourists alike.
  • Kadmat Beach: It is especially popular with cruise tourists who visit the island for water sports.
    • It is a paradise for nature lovers with its pearl white sand, blue lagoon waters, its moderate climate and friendly locals.
  • Both the beaches comply with all the 33 criteria as mandated by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
  • Both the beaches have designated staff for beach cleanliness and maintenance; and for safety and security of swimmers.


What is Blue Flag Certification?

  • Background:
    • 1985: Blue flag program started in France.
    • 1987: It was presented to FEE and became the European Blue Flag.
    • 2001: South Africa became the first country outside of Europe to join the program and this led to its changed name- International Blue Flag.
  • About: Blue Flag Certification is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded by a non-profit organization called the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark.
    • The Blue Flag recognition is awarded by a jury comprising members from the IUCN, UNWTO, UNEP, and UNESCO after considering 33 parameters.
  • Parameters used: The certification is based on 33 parameters which are then divided into 4 major categories. They are-
    1. Environmental education and information
    2. Bathing water quality
    3. Environmental management
    4. Conservation and safety services on the beaches
  • Global scenario: There are more than 4000 blue flag beaches worldwide with Spain leading the number of beaches per country with this certification.
  • Significance:
    • Promote clean and sustainable tourism: blue flag beaches should provide clean and hygienic bathing water, along with basic infrastructure for tourists.
    • It also advocates against inequality, disparity, unemployment, depletion of natural resources, health and environmental threats, pollution as well as general environmental degradation.


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