Top 20 Cleanest Cities in India - Swachh Survekshan Survey 2019

India, the land of diversity is developing very fast and trying to make a mark on the global map. After the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ was launched in the year 2014, the authorities and the people are taking efforts to keep their cities clean and green. This is a national movement that aims at maintaining the cleanliness and infrastructure of the Indian states, cities as well as the rural areas.

Cleanest Cities in India

In the year 2019, more than 4000 cities participated in the Swachh Survekshan Survey and even encouraged the citizens to take part in the campaign. Here is our list of the top 20 Indian cities that have taken several measures to promote cleanliness and making their cities a better places to live in India.

1. Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Indore, the largest and the most populous city in Madhya Pradesh has proved that a city can be kept clean with its citizen’s participation. It is acknowledged as the number one cleanest city in India by the Swachh Sarvekshan, 2019. The city incorporated some effective means to deal with garbage related issues. In order to make disposal easy, they shifted to door to door garbage collection and focused on compost making. Even the residents carry small dustbins in their car to prevent throwing of wastes on the roads. And the children are made aware of the dangers caused due to littering.

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Tourists Attractions In Indore City

  • Central Museum
  • Lal Baag Palace
  • Pipliyapala National Park
  • Rajwada Palace
  • Patal Pani Waterfalls
  • Tincha Falls
  • Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Indore White Church
  • Gomatgiri

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2. Ambikapur, Chattisgarh

Located in Surguja District, Ambikapur is a small city named after the Hindu Goddess Ambika. It is regarded as the cleanest city in Chhattisgarh and ranked second by the Swachh Survekshan Survey after Indore. The municipal corporation undertook an innovative approach that completely focused on ‘Solid and Liquid Resource Management’ model. It is a sustainable measure to dispose of solid and liquid waste. Mostly women living in poverty are appointed in the SLRM centres and they earn around INR 5000 a month.

jogimara cave ambikapur

Ambikapur does not have a single open dumping yard and has declared itself a ‘zero-waste city'. There are also a number of self-help groups that collect domestic waste and spread the importance of segregation.  This city is an outstanding example of waste management not only in India but also across the globe.

Touirsts Attractions In Ambikapur city

  • Tattapani
  • Manipat
  • Mahamaya Temple
  • Jogimara Caves
  • Hanuman Mandir

3. Mysuru, Karnataka

Famed for its royal monuments, Mysuru is a heritage city located in Karnataka. This year, it has bagged the third rank as per the Swachh Survekshan ratings. Door-to-door garbage collection and segregation of dry and wet wastes have contributed towards the cleanliness of the city. There are a number of segregation plants that aims at producing superior quality manure. And the sale of dry wastes produces adequate revenue for its corporation. In addition, Mysuru is taking several initiatives to spread awareness in schools and colleges.  These growing efforts also contribute to increased tourism in the state.

Mysore Palace

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Tourists Attractions in Mysuru City

  • Mysore Palace
  • Jagmohan Palace
  • Railway Museum
  • Sri Nandi temple
  • Brindavan Gardens
  • Karanji Lake
  • KRS Dam
  • Lalitha Mahal
  • Chamundi Hills
  • GRS Fantasy Park

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4. Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

Snuggled on the banks of the Kshipra River, the sacred city of Ujjain draw pilgrims across the country. This year, Ujjain has emerged as one of the top rankers in the Swachh Survekshan 2019 list. The municipal corporation has put considerable resources to make the city one of the cleanest in India. It is believed that with these little efforts, the spiritual, cultural and religious sites can be beautifully preserved. Several cleanliness measures are also taking place on the river bank for proper disposal of domestic and religious waste. The Government is also taking initiatives to provide sanitation and drinking water facilities across Ujjain.

Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple

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Tourists Attractions in Ujjain City

  • Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple
  • Kal Bhairav Temple
  • Vedha Shala
  • Kaliadeh Palace
  • Chintaman Ganesh Temple
  • Ram Ghat
  • Gopal Mandir
  • Rumi ka Makbara
  • Harsiddhi Temple
  • Chaubis Khamba Temple

5. NDMC Area, New Delhi

The area under the administration of the New Delhi Municipal Council is often referred to as the NDMC area. This urban locality has bagged the fifth position and earned the title of ‘India’s Cleanest City’ by Swachh Survekshan 2019. NDMC area always manages to be on the top 10 positions of the list but this year was extraordinary. It has successfully implemented door-to-door waste management and segregation in all areas. The wet waste goes for compost making and the dry waste goes to the Okhla Energy Plant. There are over 100 compost pits for managing horticulture waste. The council has also installed 20 underground bins to prevent openly dumping of wastes. Even the residents of NDMC are actively participating in the initiatives to bring a change in their locality.

Ndmc area in Delhi

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6. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The former capital and one of the biggest cities in Gujarat, Ahmedabad is a major economic and industrial hub. It ranks sixth among the top cleanest cities in the country by the ‘Swachh Sarvekshan,’ 2019 result. Previously, it was awarded the title of the cleanest ‘big city’ by the Union Ministry and the citizens are mostly responsible for that. The city was successful in 100% garbage collection from all wards, hence the result. 

 sabarmati Ashram Ahemdabad

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Tourists Attractions in Ahmedabad , Gujarat

  • Sabarmati Ashram
  • Jama Masjid
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Bhadra Fort
  • Calico Museum of Textiles
  • Kankaria Zoo
  • Vechaar Utensils Museum
  • Rani No Hajiro
  • Sarkhej Roza

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7. Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Located on the western coast of Maharashtra, the planned city of Navi Mumbai is emerging as a major economic hub in India. This year, it has bagged the seventh position in the Swachh Survekshan Survey. Navi Mumbai is the only city in the state of Maharashtra that has been one of the top rankers in the list. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has shown persistent efforts in keeping the city clean and even made the citizens a part of the initiative. Awareness was created through messages on hoardings and flyovers as well as educating citizens about waste disposal. Navi Mumbai has also earned a 3-star rating for making the city waste-free.

Pandavkada Falls

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Tourists Attractions in Mumbai Maharashtra

  • ISKCON Kharghar
  • Central Park
  • Pandavkada Falls
  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary
  • Rock Garden
  • Kharghar Hills
  • Gadeshwar Dam
  • Belapur Mango Gardens
  • Wonder Park
  • Belapur Fort

8. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati is a revered pilgrimage site located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It has been ranked as the eighth city in the list of the cleanest Indian cities. There is no trash or litter on the streets and the building walls are free from graffiti. Even the parks, vacant spaces and platforms look clean that adds to the tidiness of Tirupati. The authorities of the city are taking the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission to the next level and painting mythological characters and scenes from the Hindu epics. These visually impressive wall paintings greet the devotees as soon as they step foot in this holy centre.  The authorities are especially focusing on the beautification of the city to attract more pilgrims and tourists across the globe. The officials are also organizing various cleanliness drives where over 800 health staff, revenue personnel, engineers as well as the citizens are participating. If you ever visit Tirupati, you will be surprised by its cleanliness despite the huge pilgrim population.

Sri Venkateshwara Temple

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Tourists Attractions in the Andhra Pradesh

  • Sri Venkateshwara Temple
  • Talakona Waterfalls
  • Deer Park
  • TTD Gardens
  • Sri Vari Museum
  • Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
  • Kanipakam
  • Srikalahasti

9. Rajkot, Gujarat

Rajkot, one of the fastest-growing cities in Gujarat is actively taking initiatives to keep the city clean.  In the 2019 results of the Swachh Survekshan, Rajkot was ranked ninth in our country. Rajkot Municipality Corporation started segregation of wastes at different sources and it worked for them. The city has also installed a total of five composting plants to convert wet garbage into compost.  They also have material recovery facilities that recycle dry waste and contribute to the environment.

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Tourists Attractions in Rajkot

  • Rotary Dolls Museum
  • Watson Museum
  • Nyari Dam
  • Jubilee Garden
  • Aji Dam
  • Lal Pari Lake
  • Ishwariya Temple
  • Ramakrishna Ashram
  • Khambhalida Caves
  • Lang Library

10. Dewas, Madhya Pradesh

Dewas is an industrial centre located in Madhya Pradesh. In the Swachh Survey, Dewas has earned the tag of the tenth cleanest city in India. Several awareness programs are conducted for residents who actively cooperated with the government to keep the city clean. Composting units were established in several places to convert the wet waste into compost and finally distributing it among the farmers. Dry waste is reused and recycled in various recycling units and taken care of by the urban local bodies. Indeed, Dewas performed pretty well in the 2019 Swachh Survekshan Survey.

Dewas places to visit

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Tourists Attractions in Dewas

  • Dewas Tekri
  • Pawar Chattries
  • Kela Devi Temple
  • Mahadev Temple
  • Mahakaleshwar Temple

11. Bhilai Nagar, Chhatisgarh

Bhilai Nagar is a prime industrial hub located in Chattisgarh. This year, the city has grabbed the eleventh spot under the Swachh Survekshan Survey and is consistently taking efforts to improve the waste management model. The city is taking proper measures for waste collection as well as segregation. The Municipal Corporation is also taking care of the sanitation facilities in the city. There are community and public toilets scattered across the region that promotes cleanliness and hygiene. The state of Chhattisgarh has also been declared as the best Indian state in terms of sanitation and cleanliness.

Bhilai Nagar

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Tourists Attractions in Bhilai Nagar

  • Siyadevi
  • Deobalod
  • Maitri Bagh
  • Civic Center
  • Ganga Maiya Temple
  • Bambleshwari Temple

12. Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

Sitting on the banks of the Krishna River, Vijayawada is the second-largest city in Andhra Pradesh and often referred to as the commercial capital. The city stands in the twelfth position in the Swachh Survekshan ranking 2019. Vijayawada Municipal Corporation has given top priority to safe drinking water, sanitation, waste management and replacing plastics with other alternatives. This urban hub has also earned a 3-star rating for making the city 100% garbage-free.


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Tourists Attractions in Vijaywada

  • Bhavani Island
  • Kanaka Durga Temple
  • Undavalli Cave
  • Kondapalli Fort
  • Hazratbal Mosque
  • Mangalagiri Hill
  • Rajiv Gandhi Park
  • Victoria Museum
  • Kolleru Lake

13. Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

Popularly known as the ‘Gateway of Uttar Pradesh’, Ghaziabad is one of the main cities in Uttar Pradesh. It is a planned industrial city and the administrative headquarters for the District of Ghaziabad. This urban centre has won the thirteenth rank in the Swachh Ratings 2019. Compared to the previous year, this year the ranking has improved due to several cleanliness initiatives taken by the authorities. Ghaziabad has successfully achieved the ODF status (open-defecation free) and focused on door-to-door solid waste collection for the purpose. Community and public toilets are constructed in different parts of the city to improve cleanliness. They also initiated night sweeping activities in the market areas so that the city can be garbage-free.

 Laxmai narayan temple

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Tourists Attractions in Ghaziabad

  • ISCKON Temple
  • Swarna Jayanti Park
  • Laxmi Narayan Temple
  • Modinagar
  • Dadri

14. Surat, Gujarat

Surat, a major diamond trading centre in Gujarat has bagged the rank of the fourteenth cleanest city in India as per the latest survey conducted by Swachh Survekshan. The citizens of the port city are taking several initiatives to keep the area clean and beautiful. The authorities are organizing cleanliness drives, planting trees, recycling wastes, cleaning rivers and spreading awareness. With more and more women taking part in the movement, Surat is emerging as one of the cleanest cities in India.

suvali beach surat

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Tourists Attractions in Surat Gujarat

  • Suvali Beach
  • Dumas Beach
  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Gaurav Path
  • Hazira Port
  • Dutch Gardens
  • Amaazia Amusement Park
  • Surat Castle
  • Dandi
  • Vansada National Park

15. Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Jamshedpur is the most populous agglomeration in Jharkhand as well as one of the cleanest cities in the country. It is acknowledged as the fifteenth cleanest city in India after the Swachh Survekshan 2019 Survey. It is Jharkhand’s first city to dump wastes in a scientific landfill site that minimises the risks of methane emission and groundwater contamination. Four acres of vacant land has been used for this purpose. The thick layer ensures that the wastes get soaked before seeping underground and the leachate is treated at the Jusco Plant in Bara. Some of the areas also focus on collecting door-to-door waste and segregate the same.

Dalma wildlife

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Tourists Attractions in Jamshedpur

  • Dalma Hills
  • Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Jubilee Park
  • Jayanti Sarovar
  • Tata Steel Zoological Park
  • Russi Modi Centre of Excellence
  • Hudco Lake
  • Dimna Lake
  • Tribal Culture Centre
  • Bhuvaneshwari Temple

16. Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Kolhapur is an ancient city located in the heart of Maharashtra. This city has bagged the sixteenth position in the Swachh Ratings and is regarded as the second cleanest city in Maharashtra after Navi Mumbai. They mainly focused on waste collection and segregation where the wet waste gets converted into compost and the dry waste are managed at different material centres. Solid waste such as metal, plastic and paper are supplied to recycling units spread across the region. The government has also put a ban on single-use plastic since 2018 and it is practised in a stringent manner. Efforts are being taken to clean the dumpsites and landfills.

kolhapur Maharashtra

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Tourists Attractions in Kolhapur

  • Jyotiba Temple
  • Chatrapati Shahu Museum
  • Rankala Lake
  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • Binkhambi Ganesh Temple
  • Temlabai Temple
  • Siddhagiri Museum
  • Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kopeshwar Temple

17. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

The capital city of Madhya Pradesh is a gateway to India’s rich heritage and culture. This year, Bhopal has won the award of the ‘Cleanest Capital City’ in the Swachh Survekshan 2019 list. The residents are well aware of the need of keeping their city clean and free from wastes.  Bhopal Municipal Corporation has built over 200 public toilets and ensures that each of these is provided with water facilities. The municipality encourages the door-to-door waste collection and boasts of four mechanised street sweeping equipment. Even the local administration has taken efforts to minimize the use of plastic and focuses on cleaning the drains that flow into the lakes. Other efforts include city walls and cleaning the sidewalks.

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Tourists Attractions in Bhopal

  • Upper and Lower Lake
  • Van Vihar National Park
  • Bhojpur Temple
  • State Archaeological Museum
  • Birla Museum
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple
  • Taj-ul-Masjid
  • Moti Masjid
  • Rani Kamlapati Palace
  • Bhimbetka Caves

18. Chandigarh, Punjab

Chandigarh, the capital city of Punjab and Haryana is internationally recognized for its design and architecture. It is regarded as the first planned city post-independence era. Chandigarh is one of the top 20 cities on the list of the cleanest cities in Northern part of India. It has scored on the parameters of household latrines but still, there is room for improvement. On Citizen's Feedback, the city has been ranked the best across the country. They follow door-to-door waste collection and proper disposal of waste. There is also provision for community and public toilets across Chandigarh. 

Chandigarh Punjab

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Touirsts Attractions in Chandigarh Punjab

  • Rock garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Pinjore Gardens
  • Terraced garden
  • International Dolls Museum
  • Chattbir Zoo
  • Cactus Garden
  • Museum and Art Gallery
  • Mohali Cricket Stadium

19. Raipur, Chattisgarh

Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh and the administrative headquarter of the district has emerged as an important industrial centre in India. In the Swachh Survekshan Awards, Raipur has been acknowledged as the ‘Fastest Moving Big City’ across the country. The Government has taken a few key steps to provide proper sanitation and drinking water facilities to all its citizens. The Raipur Municipal Corporation has also ordered commercial establishments to construct toilets and look after the cleanliness. According to this initiative, citizens will be provided free access to the restrooms without the need to buy something. These sanitation measures to keep the city clean is gaining applaud from the Union Government.

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Tourists Attractions in Raipur

  • Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum
  • Banjari Mata Temple
  • Ghatarani Waterfalls
  • Purkhauti Muktangan
  • Nandan Van Zoo
  • Gandhi Udhyan Park
  • Vivekanand Sarovar
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Solar Energy Park
  • Mahamaya Temple

20. Mathura-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

Mathura-Vrindavan, the region of Lord Krishna has been acknowledged as the ‘Fastest Moving City’ in the medium category. Even the residents took part in the initiative and motivated millions of pilgrims to promote public hygiene and cleanliness. Previously, Mathura had organized a cleanliness drive at the Junction where a group of youth, men and women participated. They were on a mission to clean the platform and they successfully completed it.  The municipal corporation is taking efforts to improve the rankings of the city and even the residents are supporting the initiative.

Prem Mandir mathura

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Tourists Attractions in Mathura Vrindavan

  • Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mandir
  • Dwarkadhish Temple
  • Kesava Deo Temple
  • Gita Mandir
  • Chamunda Devi Temple
  • Banke Bihari Mandir
  • Prem mandir
  • Shri Rangji Mandir

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