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Mawlynnong is located in India
Coordinates: 25°11′59″N 91°55′54″E / 25.19972°N 91.93167°E / 25.19972; 91.93167Coordinates: 25°11′59″N 91°55′54″E / 25.19972°N 91.93167°E / 25.19972; 91.93167
Country  India
State Meghalaya
District East Khasi Hills
Block Pynursla
Population (2015)
 • Total 500
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India.[1] Mawlynnong is famous for its matrilineal society[2] as well as having been dubbed Asia's cleanest village.[3]

It comes under the Pynursla community development block and Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) constituency.[4]


Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border.[5]


As of June 2015 it had 500 residents.[6]

As of 2014, there are about 95 households in Mawlynnong.[7] The literacy rate is 100%.[8] Agriculture is the chief occupation of the local population, with betel nut being the main crop.[8] The people residing in the community are Khasi people.[6]

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]


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. The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005.[8] The phrase has since caught on. Moasunep Kichu's documentary on the village, for instance, is called Asia's Cleanest Village.[11]


  1. ^ IAY Report for Financial year 2010-2011
  2. ^ Kingdom of girls: Women hold power in this remote Indian village" 'Washington Post. April 17th 2015. Retrieved on June 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Asia's Cleanest Village is in Meghalaya". 
  4. ^ Electoral roll of Pynurla (ST) constituency, Election Department, Government of Meghalaya.
  5. ^ Magical Mawlynnong, Meghalaya Tourism
  6. ^ a b Nieves, Evelyn. "Girls Rule in an Indian Village" (Archive). The New York Times. June 3, 2015. Retrieved on June 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Availability of MGNrega data on MGNREGA soft MIS
  8. ^ a b c Eco Destination, Department of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya
  9. ^ Where women of India rule the roost and men demand gender equality" 'The Guardian. January 18th 2011. Retrieved on June 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Mawlynnong - the cleanest village of Asia,
  11. ^ Asia's Cleanest Village by EMMRC K, 2013-06-21, retrieved 2015-04-20