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Country India
DistrictEast Khasi Hills
 • Total900
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in North East India.[1] It is notable for its cleanliness and also was chosen by Discover India magazine as Asia's cleanest village.[2]

The village comes under the Pynursla community development block and Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) constituency.[3]


Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India–Bangladesh border.[4] Kalain "The Gateway Of Barak Valley" is 187 km from Mawlynnong.[citation needed]


Church of the Epiphany, Mawlynnong

As of 2019, Mawlynnong had 900 residents.[5] As of 2014, there are about 95 households in Mawlynnong.[6] The literacy rate is 90%.[7] Agriculture is the chief occupation of the local population, with betel nut being the main crop.[7] During summers, one can find pineapples and lychees which are then exported to the nearby regions as well. The people residing in the community are Khasi people.[5]

The population is mostly Christian and the village has three churches.[8]

Matrilineal Society[edit]

As is the tradition of the Khasi people, in Mawlynnong property and wealth are passed from the mother to the youngest of her daughters, who also keeps the mother's surname.[9][8]


A road in Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness.[10] The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure.[7] A community initiative mandates that all residents should participate in cleaning up the village. Smoking and use of polythene is banned while rainwater harvesting is encouraged.[11]

The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as Asia's cleanest village in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005.[7] This reputation has boosted local tourism; in 2017 NPR reported that, according to the village headsman, incomes had increased by 60 percent due to increased tourism.[12]


  1. ^ IAY Report for Financial year 2010-2011
  2. ^ Choudhury, Samrat (29 August 2018). "A trip to Asia's 'cleanest village': Meghalaya's Mawlynnong". Mint. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  3. ^ Electoral roll of Pynurla (ST) constituency Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Election Department, Government of Meghalaya.
  4. ^ Magical Mawlynnong Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Meghalaya Tourism.
  5. ^ a b Nieves, Evelyn. "Girls Rule in an Indian Village" (Archive). The New York Times. 3 June 2015. Retrieved on 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ Availability of MGNrega data on MGNREGA soft MIS[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d Eco Destination, Department of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya
  8. ^ a b Fezehai, Malin (8 August 2018). "A Village in India Where Clean Living Became a Tourist Attraction". New York Times. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Where women of India rule the roost and men demand gender equality". The Guardian. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  10. ^ Mawlynnong - the cleanest village of Asia Archived 4 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine,
  11. ^ "A picture-perfect hamlet: Asia's cleanest village, Mawlynnong". The Economic Times. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Welcome To 'The Cleanest Village In India'". Retrieved 24 December 2017.