Two Lakshadweep beaches – Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach have been awarded the coveted International eco-label ‘Blue Flag’ in recognition of India’s commitment to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic management of resources.
With this development, India now has 12 Blue Flag beaches, an eco-label given to the cleanest beaches in the world.
Announcing this proud moment in a twitter message, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav expressed happiness and congratulated everyone stating that it is a part of India’s relentless journey towards building a sustainable environment.
The Thundi Beach 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 popular destination for swimmers and tourists alike. It is a big hit with cruise tourists who visit the island for water sports. It also attacks nature lovers with its pearl white sand, blue lagoon waters, its moderate climate and friendly locals.
Kadmat Beach: It is surrounded on both sides by large lagoons of breathtaking beauty. The blue water lagoon is encircling the invaluable wealth of colourful corals, the reef banks, unspoilt virgin beaches, the place also gives a great view of the skyline.
Both the beaches have designated staff for beach cleanliness and maintenance; and for safety and security of swimmers. Both the beaches comply with all the 33 criteria as mandated by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
The other Indian beaches in the blue list are Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha, Radhanagar- Andaman and Nicobar, Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry beaches.