The village which is known for its cleanliness and often referred as "God's own garden" Mawlynnong village is located roughly 90 km from Shillong and 92 km from Cherrapunji in the East Khasi Hills district in the state of Meghalaya. Recorded as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 and won the acclaim & declared as the cleanest village in India in 2005, Mawlynnong is a community based Eco-tourism initiative where an entire community has made collective effort to maintain the ambiance of a clean village.
Home to almost 95 houses and a population of around 500, Mawlynnong village is dubbed as one of the commanding matrilineal society
village where the village girls hold all the power. On the other hand, small yet peaceful and attractive Mawlynnong village is noticeably wonderful, especially in the monsoons when there is lush greenery. The destination of nature lovers, the terrain is also famous for trekking & Sky Walking where the place encloses a spellbinding view of the forest and plains of Bangladesh.
When to Visit the Asia's Cleanest Village - Mawlynnong
The village experiences a cool temperature throughout the year. However; March to June holds a pleasant climate with the temperature ranging from 15C to 24C. The monsoon months starts from June to September are accompanied by heavy rain and thunderstorms. The winter months from December to February are freezing cold. The minimum temperature during this period may even drop to 2C.
Top Places to Visit
Reliably named as the cleanest town in India, Mawlynnong environment are flooded with greenery. Its amazing waterfalls, bounty of blossoming orchids dangling from the trees and magnificence of the town are something that vacationer shouldn't miss. Living root bridge of Riwai, Mawlynnong Waterfall, Sky Walk at Mawlynnong Village, Lyndew & Nairiang Falls, its incredible bamboo cottage and many more had seized countless numbers of tourists every year.
Living Root Bridge of Riwai
Lies 8 KM from the village of Mawlynnong, the Riwai village of Meghalaya are one of the natural lover destinations. The most ideal approach to get to Riwai is to contract a jeep from Shillong since the general population transportation to Riwai is exceptionally poor. Once in the village of Riwai, travelers have to walk through the Riwai village rain forest for about 300 meters till they reach the living Root Bridge. The villagers of Riwai collect a nominal entry fee to see the living Root Bridge. However; the construction or growth of the living Root Bridge has been a well kept secret of the War-Khasi's tribal's.
Sky Walk at Mawlynnong Village
On the other side; the other tourist most famous place is Sky View. A bamboo and wicker structure that offers a bird's view to the Mawlynnong village and Indo-Bangladesh Border, Sky Walk at Mawlynnong Village is breathtakingly amazing.
The Nongkhnum Island is situated about 14 Kms from the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills, Nongstoin. Formed by the divergence of Kynshi River hooked on the Phanliang River and the Namliang River, Nongkhnum Island is the greatest river island in Meghalaya and the second greatest river island in Asia. One can achieve the island by foot by going through the towns of Lawse, Mawduh and Mawthar. The striking island encases wooden bridge over the Weinia Falls.
Jakrem Hot Spring
Found in the west Khasi Slopes District, Jakrem Hot Spring is located around 64 km from Shillong. Consider having the remedial therapeutic properties, Jakrem Hot Spring is visit by numbers of individuals to take a dunk in the hot spring. Today, showering compartments are accessible around the spring for the utilization of the wide-ranging population. Being one of the most loved excursion spot amid winter, Jakrem Hot Spring has potential well being resort as well.
How to Reach
The lavish greenery town, Mawlynnong is placed around 90 km from Shillong and 92 kms from Cherrapunji. It can be arrived at by Road however, the closest airport is Shillong.