Mawlynnong, Nestled in the pristine hill state of Meghalaya, is along the Indo-Bangla border. This cute and colorful little village is known for its cleanliness. The village is a picture perfect painting. Mawlynnong is situated about 75 kilometres from Shillong. The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture. They mostly grow betel nut. About 82 households live in Mawlynnong. Keeping the surrounding environment clean is an age old tradition.

Discover India magazine declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003. A dustbin made out of bamboo is found all along the village. Every one makes it a point that dirt and waste are not thrown everywhere. All the waste from the dustbin is collected and kept in a pit, which the villagers use as manure. The Mawlynnong villagers are now on a mission to ban plastic. The village with cent per cent literacy is conscious and they are spreading the message of conservation and protection of the forest. Locals plant trees to ensure that the virgin forest is kept intact and also replenished.  No wonder, with such high degree of cleanliness and environment friendliness, the people of the village are all healthy and sprightly.


Mawlynnong Rest House  –
Two traditionally built cottages are available for staying at Mawlynnong village. There are one small cottage for 2 people and a bigger cottage for 4 people accommodation. The rooms are basic with western styled washrooms. Locally made dishes are of lesser variety but very delicious.

Read a blog post about MawlynnongThe Living Root Bridge by Terra Farmer
The top photograph by Terra Farmer on her blog.