Two beaches of Lakshadweep, Minicoy Thundi and Kadmat Beach have been included in the list of Blue Beaches. India now has 12 Blue Flag beaches
Apart from Thundi and Kadmat Beach, other Indian beaches in the Blue Beach List are Shivrajpur Beach in Gujarat, Ghoghla Beach in Diu, Golden Beach in Odisha, Padubidri and Kasargod Beaches in Karnataka, Rushikonda Beach in Andhra Pradesh, Kappad Beach in Kerala, Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar, Eden Beach in Puducherry. And there is Kovalam Beach in Tamil Nadu.
One of the 36 islands of Lakshadweep, Minicoy Thundi Island is very beautiful. It is also called Maliku in the local language. Minicoy Thundi Beach is one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the Lakshadweep Islands, framed by a white sand lagoon.
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Kadmat Beach is especially popular among cruise tourists who indulge in water sports. The white sand, blue lagoon waters attract tourists here. One of the many islands of Lakshadweep, this island is spread over a radius of about 9 km.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has specially congratulated the people of Lakshadweep as Minicoy Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach have made it to the prestigious list of ‘Blue Beach’, an eco-label given to the cleanest beaches in the world.
Blue Flag certification
The Blue Flag certification is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded by a non-profit organization called the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE), Denmark. It was started in the year 1987. Blue Flag recognition is awarded by a jury consisting of members of IUCN, UNWTO, UNEP and UNESCO after considering 33 parameters. So far, 5042 spots from 48 countries have been included in this list. After the year 2001, beaches outside Europe were also included in this list.