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DakshinaChitra Museum

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Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu 603 118, India
Phone Number:
+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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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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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I write this review with mixed feelings. I wanted to like this place very much - it seemed like a perfect family outing for our group of grandparents/parents/a child (I am South African, of South Indian descent, married to a man whose family of origin lives in Chennai). Sadly, my experience of DakshinaChitra was marred by the worst customer service... More 

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is maintained by Tamilnadu tourism. It houses houses of regional specific type of houses of Tamilnadu like Brahmin , potter, dancer, trader, agricultural, etc Apart from Karnataka Kerala and andhra type home This gives overview of the region. One will also get to have hands on experience on various workmanships Some shops are also there Cultural program including... More 

Kotagiri, India
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Museums are defined to showcase possessions and precious belongings of a bygone era but here it's a cultural heritage that shows the current existence of art and culture of south India. The buildings portray traditions of various southern groups and clubbed with the perpetual art performances and handicraft stalls, this id a must visit for all art and culture lovers.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Its like a south Indian heritage village, with refreshing activities for kids as well as adults and for group and single. A gem spot in Chennai outer with very reasonable price. Definitely best place to feel the breeze and get relaxed while we engaged with activities like puppet show,pottery,craft works as well. Good to plan for official events also.

1 Thank Kirthy A
Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

This is a very interesting reconstruction of the traditional houses in Southern India, with a particular emphasis on the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. People actually live in these houses and sell their manufactured to tourists. A friend of mine from Chennai took me here and I agree with him: it's definitely worth it to visit this place!

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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Just next to sangeetha on ecr before muttukadu, this museum has entry of 120 rs, There was uttarakhand festival going on when we went, the dance and art work amd few shops displaying their handicrafts were there. Totally around 10 houses are there, 4kerala,4tamilnadu,1 each of karnataka and andhra, each house has the cultural significance attached Good thing to know... More 

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