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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
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10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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The most unique live museum

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently visited this place. It has so many things to offer. We liked walking around this place as to see how people lived in traditional houses and the antique things they used which makes sense now. We had an opportunity to watch the uttarakhand festival - traditional dance of uttarakhand was done and it was a nice feast. Few... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited this lovely place in Chennai. Reminds me of the museum of Welsh life in St. Fagan, Cardiff. The place takes you on a journey through time with a focus on the housing, domestic, craft and spiritual life of the beautiful people of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The place is immaculately clean, the exhibits are well-maintained... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone, whether from Southern India or from any other part of the world, must visit this place to know about the culture here. The four states and the houses of different communities and people living here are shown here. Lots to learn. You need a couple of hours at least. There are videos also running continuously. DO NOT MISS IT

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A Historical place to visit with lots of arts and crafts and cultural articles . The Cultural Activities was very entertaining would of liked to spend more time . Will come again 🙏

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

It is a very nice and clean space. We can visit and learn a lot about heritage of south india houses. You can see and try some manual activities. Garden is nice and this area is quite. All tourists have to come and visit!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This place is fabulous. It has a stay also. There is a nice restaurant within 500mts from this place.

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