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DakshinaChitra Museum

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Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu 603 118, India
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+91 44 2747 2603
10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A unique concept of bringing South India’s cultural traditions all under...

A unique concept of bringing South India’s cultural traditions all under one roof, Dakshin Chitra is a little out of the city (25 kilometers) but certainly worth your while. Dakshin Chitra actually means "picture of the south" and that’s exactly what you should expect to see. Educational and fun at the same time, this is a center for a complete orientation to Southern India’s four states. You can experience the living traditions, performing arts, music, crafts and architecture on the 10-acre spread. The earthy feel of the structure and its surroundings transport visitors into the cultural milieu. Dakshin Chitra is great for both children and adults as you can try your hand at glass blowing, pottery and traditional games.

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Look back at South Indian lifestyle...

Lovely place... If you wanna show your kids how life and homes were few decades back, this is the place to be... Different styles of homes to mud pottery demos to Weaving demos to... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place... If you wanna show your kids how life and homes were few decades back, this is the place to be... Different styles of homes to mud pottery demos to Weaving demos to Bommalattams and much more... Plan for half a day...

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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the trip. There for something for all. Kids creative play area, shopping and heritage. Well maintained and lot of trees to provide shade even during sunny day

Thank Ramakrishnan V
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To know about the architecture of houses in South India, this is the place to go. Gives a comprehensive idea of how houses in each region are constructed. One can understand the influence of geography on the construction style and building material used. You may also see the performance from any group based on the day of visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I went in with a lot of expectations but this one dint work out for us. We checked in on 10th afternoon and the place was deserted. I don't know why but it was just not par with the "Choki dhani" in Jaipur. The so called Museum had one painting :-( Management needs to put in a... More 

Thank Sonuabhi
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Different and Unique Place to visit in Chennai - it comprises of various models of houses that were and are in different parts of Southern India. Nicely themed .. also you can see lots of Traditional Merchandise or sale and also sometime they host some cultural events which are more traditional . Overall Must go place in Chennai at-least once.

Thank kirannaren
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a Nice Lunch at Thoondle Restaurent along ECR road in chennai, we went to Dakshin chitra museum around 16:00pm on 30.04.17 which is at a distance of around 7 km from Restaurent. Kept my car inside car parking place.There is no parking fee. We took two tickets each cost of Rs 120.After entering inside, my wife found it is... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

A must visit trip to know about the different heritage structure and architecture. A must visit if you are hopping by the ECR

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Le Puy, Auvergne, France
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Brings the traditional culture of four south indian states under one roof. Houses of Kerala attracted us very much. Good place to visit alongwith the family. Staffs were courteous and amicable.

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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

It is a great place to visit & to know about south Indian culture - Andhra Pradesh -Karnataka -Tamil nadu - Kerala Not completely they showed but itz an awesome experience

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

A good place to visit in ECR with family and friends... Exhibits of traditional South Indian homes with the furnitures and utensils used - Farmers house, Potters house, Weavers house, Chettinad house, Trivandrum house, Calicut house, Chikmagalur house, Ayyanar temple in a little mount, small lotus pond and many more... Information boards and video display providing good insight into the... More 

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