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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] It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of 'Cleanest Village in Asia' in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. [2]

It 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]


As of June 2015 it had 500 residents.[5]

As of 2014, there are about 95 households in Mawlynnong.[6] The literacy rate is 100%.[7] Agriculture is the chief occupation of the local population, with betel nut being the main crop.[7] The people residing in the community are Khasi people.[5]

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]


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. The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005.[7] The phrase has since caught on. Moasunep Kichu's documentary on the village, for instance, is called Asia's Cleanest Village.[10]

Film on Mawlynnong[edit]

A documentary film[11] on Asia's Cleanest Village - "Mawlynnong" also referred to as God's Own Garden. This documentary display an in-dept exploration of the village, the people, their lifestyle, their uniqueness, etc which ultimately this village earning the title as the Cleanest Village in Asia in 2003.[12]