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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)
Climate Cwa

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in North East India.[1] It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction.

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.


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]

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.[7] [check quotation syntax]


A road in Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]


  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. ^ Where women of India rule the roost and men demand gender equality" 'The Guardian. January 18th 2011. Retrieved on June 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Mawlynnong - the cleanest village of Asia,
  9. ^ "A picture-perfect hamlet: Asia's cleanest village, Mawlynnong". The Economic Times. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  10. ^ "Welcome To 'The Cleanest Village In India'". Retrieved 24 December 2017.