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The sun-kissed Clifton beach in pictures

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 15, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Dec 15, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

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Text & photos by: Zamir Hussain Laghari

Karachi is one of the biggest deep sea harbors in the world, having its centuries old history. This port city has several beautiful beaches in its vast cradle.

Clifton or Seaview is a famous beach of Karachi where on holidays thousands of visitors can be seen enjoying view of the sea and breeze, sitting in parks or seaside benches.

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Historians say Clifton was an island hundreds of years ago, later channels separating the sea from the island was filled up with sand and Clifton became a part of the mainland.

It was world’s most popular silver sand beach and health resort during 20th century. The British had build Clifton as a health resort where ailing soldiers recuperated, the healthful breeze of the sea and the pure uncontaminated air speeding up the process of recovery.

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From the beach, the view of sunset is awesome, especially in a winter evening. And if one can get a chance to catch a glimpse of full moon while sitting at beach, it will surely be an unforgettable view for a visitor to see heart-throbbing waves splashing and hitting the edge of beach in the night.

Large waves flowing in and breaking on the seashore for miles on end is an interesting site, a breathtaking view and certainly a natural ‘tranquilizer’ to ward off all kinds of tension and stress.

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The beach has attractions for families and tourists including beachside horse and camel rides, amusement parks and restaurants.

Other beaches close to the city include Manora, Sandspit, Hawks Bay, Paradise Point, Sonehra Point, French Beach, Cape Mount, but Clifton Beach is the most popular picnic destination in Karachi.

In 2003, the Clifton beach was affected by an oil spill from Greek oil tanker Tasman Spirit.

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This oil spill is considered the most serious environmental disaster in the country’s history, as a government report said the oil may continue to affect human and marine life in the coastal areas of Karachi for up to 500 year.

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[The author is an online journalist who likes research and writing on social issues, culture, tourism and international affairs.]

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