8 Beaches in India set to Rank World’s Cleanest Beaches

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Who doesn’t like to spend some time on a beach that’s clean, pleasant, and mesmerizing! Few may just be amazed by the nature, few may enjoy the rides on seawater, and many just have their own way of enjoying their moments on the beach.

Staying near to a beach that’s clean, away from people who mess it up, and having members take care of the beach from time to time is what “maintaining” the beach means. After being consistent in keeping the beach and the environment clean, a national body of environmentalists & scientists have recommended eight beaches as clean beaches in India with “Blue Flag Eco-Label” for the first time.

List of Clean Beaches in India as Recognized by the National Body

Radhanagar Beach in the Andaman island

Located in Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach is known as the best beach in India. Surrounded with palm trees, the beach offers serene ambience that’s best to relax and enjoy the nature. You can choose Radhanagar beach to bring out something pristine in you, Times Magazine has awarded Radhanagar beach the title of ‘7th best beach in the world’ which gives it a common name ‘Beach No. 7’

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Radhanagar beach during afternoon

How to get there
It’s located around 12km from Havelock Jetty, the best way to travel is by taking a cab for families/large groups since self-drive cars are not available.

Best time to visit
The beach is open between sunrise and sunset, though it’s usually crowded between 10 AM to 4 PM, it would be ideal to get to the beach early in the morning. Since sunsets are more beautiful, it’s less crowded during sunrise.

Also Read: Why Andaman’s Radhanagar Beach Better Than Maldives’?

Kappad Beach in Kerala

Kappad, was very well known as clean beach of India since a long time, locally called as Kappakadavu is a beach near Kozhikode. The government had installed stone monument that mentions the “landing” by Vasco da Gama with the inscription, ‘Vasco da Gama landed here, Kappadakavu, in the year 1498’.

The beach can be described as a long stretch of pale-golden sands, surrounded by tall coconut palms. Known for its natural beauty, the backwaters are breathtaking, you can also visit a bird sanctuary or Thusharagiri Waterfalls nearby. The major attraction of the beach is an 800-year-old temple, located nearby Kappad beach.

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Kappad beach

How to get there
Karipur Airport is at the distance of 23km from Calicut, NH 66 is well connected to Calicut, while NH 17 connected Mumbai via Udupi, Goa & Mangalore.

Best time to visit
October to March would be pleasant to visit Kappad Beach, the beach comes with activities like boat ride, boat cruise down the river to Kappad backwaters and also get sea food that you may not come across anywhere else.

Puri Beach in Orissa

Puri Beach or the Golden beach is a beach in the city of Puri in the state of Odisha, India. It is on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is known for being a tourist attraction and a Hindu sacred place.

The beach is the site of the annual Puri Beach Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Indian Ministry of Tourism, the city of Odisha, the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, and the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Kolkata. The beach hosts sand art displays, including work by international award-winning local sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik.

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Puri beach during festival

How to get there
Puri Beach is located at the city of Puri and the distance between Puri railway station and the beach is only 2 km. Nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 60 km away. Buses and Taxis are available for local transportation.

Best time to visit
Puri Beach is excellent for those who like water sports like angling, boat ride, surfing and sea cruising. People who are not into such adventurous activities can lay until it’s evening on soft golden sand after a refreshing dip into the sea.

Rushikonda Beach in Andhra Pradesh

Vast golden sands, noises made by rippling waves when they hit shores, spectacular views that lets you explore rocky hillocks (if you ought to be adventurous), water sports & the shore of this beach lays rows of mango trees and palm grooves. Rushikonda is the most popular beach near Vizag that attracts many surfers around the region.

Also Read: Surfing at Rushikonda Beach

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Rushikonda beach

How to get there
Rushikonda beach is located 8 kilometers from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation runs buses to this place quite often. If you plan to go by road, reserve your hotel rooms well before. Since there are quite a good hotels that provide a scenic view, you wouldn’t want to end up choosing an average one that has no view.

Best time to visit
The best time to visit Rushikonda Beach is from August to October and again from January to March as during this time cool breeze blows over the sea making the surroundings also cool and pleasant. You can also visit ISKON temple that is situated near to Rushikonda Beach.

Padubidri Beach in Karnataka

Padubirdi Beach consists a combination of famous temple and of course the beach. Thousands of people come during Dakke Bali at Brahmasthana in Mahalineshwara Mahaganapati temple near to Padubidri Beach in Karnataka. ‘Padubidri End Point’ is the place where river meets the sea, this beautiful place tempts people to spend time like it’s a vacation, ideally suited for a picnic.

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Padubidri beach

How to get there
Padubidri beach is situated 37km from Mangalore & 23km from Udupi, roads are well connected to Padubidri beach, so if you happen to make a trip via Konkan roads from Mumbai, you can visit this place and continue traveling further towards South India to discover more places.

Best time to visit
Most Udupi travelers visit the beach on regular basis, the climate here is pleasant enough to provide you best ambiance even in all the seasons. The travelers carry out outdoor activities like angling, this place is a must-visit for those who are planning to explore further places in South India for the best relief and to stay nearby.

Also Read: Best Destinations for Nature Lovers in India

Ghoghla beach in Diu

Ghoghla sand beach is located in the village of Ghoghla that extends into the neighboring state of Gujarat, this beach is Diu’s largest beach and is famous for its splendid view, cathedrals, and fortresses.  

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Ghoghla beach

How to get there
Situated 4km from Diu Bus Station, Ghoghla beach is a must-visit destination that provides a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea.

Best time to visit
The Ghoghla beach is located on the outskirts of the city and hence not many people know about it. Visiting this place until 8-9 PM during the night would be better, as most of the shops get closed soon (though the situation might be changed, post-COVID-19). This place is suitable for those who have destinations in North like Rajasthan, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, and many more in their map.

Kasargod Beach in Kerala

If you happen to be an Indian and have listened to “Tu Hi Re” song, you could resemble the scenes by visiting Kasargos’s Bekal Fort. What’s amusing is that, though Malayalam is the administrative language of the district, most of the people in town insist that Beary, Tulu, Kannada, Marathi and Urdu are just as frequently heard in Kasargod. These languages are a lot for a small town like Kasargod.

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Kasargod beach

How to get there
Kasargod is situated towards the North of Kerala, if you happen to travel from the Konkan highway, this district would be the first one that you encounter while getting in Kerala State.

Newly operational Kannur airport is 118km far from Kasargod beach, Kasargod railway station stands 98km away from the beach.

Best time to visit
December to February is the best time to visit Kasargod, this is mainly because the temperature varies from 12 – 20 degrees Celsius which servers as the ideal time to explore the town and unique locations.

Shivrajpur Beach in Gujarat

Shivrajpur beach is located near Dwarka which offers a magnificent view to the tourists.  The cool blue waters, white sand and the stunning skies offer complete relaxation to the fatigued tourists. You may also spot the dolphins and some beautiful birds if you are lucky enough, to make the most for us, the beach management has introduced water sports, food and shopping centers for travelers.

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Shivrajpur beach

How to get there
Shivrajpur beach is situated 10km away from Dwarka city, you ought to visit both the places i.e. Dwarka city as well as Shivrajpur beach.

Best time to visit
April to September would be an ideal time to visit Shivrajpur beach, this place is ideal for those who would like peaceful and ideal time by the water.

“Clean beaches” were quite common in the beginning, we have let pollution through which most of us can’t access clean beaches. Though there are many groups taking initiative to make Indian beaches clean again, it’s our duty to leave the beach as clean as possible without at least dumping any garbage there. Meet the couple who have cleared 650 tonnes of plastic from Mahim beach in Mumbai.

Criteria to join Blue Flag

Blue Flag community has set criteria for people who can join them for their work, the website has mentioned a list of criteria for beaches, marinas, tourism boats, etc. Check them all under Blue Flag Criteria to Join.

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