‘Sam No Varunah’ Coastal Car Rally

India, surrounded by three seas, has a vast coastline of around 7500 Kms, making the maritime trade a significant contributor to the nation’s economy. On the 59th Maritime Day on 5th April 2022, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi emphasized the importance of maritime trade and the Indian Navy’s role in protecting it.

To awaken the nation’s maritime consciousness and showcase the Navy’s contribution to protecting the country’s maritime trade, the Indian Navy in association with the Navy Welfare and Wellness Association (NWWA) is undertaking a unique initiative, “SAM NO VARUNAH,” a maritime awareness coastal motor car expedition that will cover the entire Indian coastline in March 2023.

Objectives of the Expedition:

The expedition has several objectives, including celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, conducting awareness drives about the Navy’s career opportunities, showcasing women’s power in the Navy, instilling a sense of adventure and motivating the youth to join the Navy, interacting with Naval Veterans/ Veer Naaris, and spreading awareness about India’s rich maritime heritage.

Route and Activities Planned:

The expedition is planned to commence from INS Netaji Subhas in Kolkata on 26th March 2023 and terminate at Lakhpat Gujarat on 19th April 2023, covering a distance of approximately 7500 Kms. The rally will arrive at INS Chilka on the historic occasion of Passing Out of the first batch of Agniveers of the Indian Navy on 28th March 2023.

During the expedition, awareness campaigns will be conducted at various cities and villages en route to provide information about employment opportunities in the Navy, including the Agnipath Scheme. The Navy Welfare and Wellness Association will also conduct outreach activities at various old age homes, orphanages, and schools for special children, focusing on community development and empowerment.

Coastal cleaning will be undertaken at beaches en route to spread environmental awareness. The expedition will also visit forts, lighthouses, and other places of maritime importance along the rally route, highlighting India’s rich maritime heritage.


The expedition is partnered with M/s Mahindra, who will provide a fleet of 12 vehicles, along with Mastercard India and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd as fuel partners.




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