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Mawlynnong – Asia’s Cleanest Village And God’s Own Garden


Mawlynnong is in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya state in India. Mawlynnong also referred as ‘God’s own garden’. Mawlynnong has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village is world famous for its cleanliness. Mawlynnong is located around 90 kms from Shillong.

Mawlynnong is a community based eco-tourism initiative. The community has made collective effort to maintain the ambience of a clean village. This village offers architectural natural beauty, walking through the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. This village also offers a sight of naturally balanced rock, balancing on another rock.

In the monsoons when there is rich greenery all around, with waterfalls paving the way to small streams and plenteousness of flowering orchids swing from the trees and hedges add to the beauty of the Mawlynnong village.

The responsibility to keep the village clean lies with every person who residing in the village. Local cleaning the roads, picking up leaves and throwing garbage in the bin is a very common sight in Mawlynnong village. Bamboo garbage bins decked on every nook and corner of the village highlight the awareness of cleanliness among the villagers.

Mawlynnong has also won award for being the Cleanest Village in India in 2005. The village also offers thrillingly beautiful view of Bangladesh plains as it is located on the Indo-Bangla border. The village has hundred percent literacy and most of the villagers use English language for conversation. There are multiple tea shops, where you can get relaxed with a hot of cup of tea with some snacks.

Tourism Attractions in Mawlynnong village:

Living Root Bridge – Located in neighbouring village, Riwai.

Sky Walk at Mawlynnong Village