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Country India
DistrictEast Khasi Hills
 • Total500
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.

It comes under the Pynursla community development block and Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) constituency.[2]


Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border.[3] Kalain "The Gateway Of Barak Valley" is 187 km from Mawlynnong.[citation needed]


As of June 2015 it had 500 residents.[4]

As of 2014, there are about 95 households in Mawlynnong.[5] The literacy rate is 90%.[6] Agriculture is the chief occupation of the local population, with betel nut being the main crop.[6] The people residing in the community are Khasi people.[4]

The population is mostly Christian and the village has three churches.[7]

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.[8][7]


A road in Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness.[9] The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure.[6] 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.[10]

The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005.[6] 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.[11]


  1. ^ IAY Report for Financial year 2010-2011
  2. ^ Electoral roll of Pynurla (ST) constituency, Election Department, Government of Meghalaya.
  3. ^ Magical Mawlynnong, Meghalaya Tourism.
  4. ^ a b Nieves, Evelyn. "Girls Rule in an Indian Village" (Archive). The New York Times. 3 June 2015. Retrieved on 5 June 2015.
  5. ^ Availability of MGNrega data on MGNREGA soft MIS
  6. ^ a b c d Eco Destination, Department of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Where women of India rule the roost and men demand gender equality". The Guardian. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  9. ^ Mawlynnong - the cleanest village of Asia,
  10. ^ "A picture-perfect hamlet: Asia's cleanest village, Mawlynnong". The Economic Times. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  11. ^ "Welcome To 'The Cleanest Village In India'". Retrieved 24 December 2017.