The development of coastal tourism is one of the niche tourism products promoted by India that helps to overcome the seasonality factor of Indian tourism. The Indian coastline is surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the West, Bay of Bengal in the east and the Indian ocean in the south. India is endowed with a beautiful and vast coastline that includes the cost of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands as well
India is known for its beautiful sea beaches and as the land of “ sun, sea and surf”. The long coastline of India is dotted with several world-class sea beaches spread over various states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, etc. The Coastal tourism will align with the objective of conservation of native natural flora & fauna.The promotion of coastal tourism will also have a focus on creation of employment and overall socio-economic development of the local population.
Coastal tourism is based on a unique resource combination and the border of land and sea environment: Sun, water, beaches, outstanding scenic views, rich biological diversity, sea food etc. Based on these resources, the tourism product has been developed in many coastal destinations such as well maintained beaches, watersports, both trips, cruise, bird watching tours, etc.
India has a huge potential of growth of Cruise tourism, and its development will also result in the development of backwaters, mangrove and Cruise tourism. All these will result in increased inflow of both foreign and domestic tourists, thereby contributing to the growth of income and employment in the economy.