We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

DakshinaChitra

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Redo Search in Map
See more attractions in your map view
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu 600 118, India
Phone Number: 044 27472603
Website
Description: 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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
More Info
$60*
and up
Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram...
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 122 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Proof of the culture to the GenNext

Really one of the unique place to see and understand original culture, way people lived and the excellent creative architecture. The puppet show (Tamil: பொம்மலாட்ட நிகழ்ச்சி) is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
abchandran
,
New Delhi, India
Add Photo Write a Review

122 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Really one of the unique place to see and understand original culture, way people lived and the excellent creative architecture. The puppet show (Tamil: பொம்மலாட்ட நிகழ்ச்சி) is such a great one to watch for those visiting Tamil Nadu or those who have not been there in Tamil Nadu earlier. This has been one of the most commonly communicated dance form... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is an wonderful place to know and feel how people lived in south India. You can see the replica of old houses of southern states of India Tamil Nadu, Kanataka, Andhra Pradesh and kerala. What I liked is they allow you to enter the house to feel the living style. Ticket for entry costs around 120 and there is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It's definitely an attraction all tourists visiting Chennai should visit ! Please don't miss it. One can experience the culture & tradition of all Southern Indian States, under one roof. Their way of life as well as the arts & Crafts. Sometimes live workshops with local artists are also held here. A must-see attraction!! Worth the visit. Please spare good... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
chennai
Level Contributor
49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is an excellent place to know how people lived around 50-100 years back in south India. They have constructed the replica of old houses of four southern states of India Tamil Nadu, Kanataka, Andhra Pradesh and kerala. You will come to know how people cooked what utensils they used, how people weaved cloths manually in those days Your kids... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
108 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 613 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a place where we must take people to make them learn about our cultural heritage where u have replica's of the cultures from so many styles of states kerala, karanatka, tamilnadu, andhra. You also have a handicraft shoppin centre. Ticket for entry costs around 120 and there is a separate fee for camera's too

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This place is very good to see how old houses and traditions were in South india, and other districts as well, in past centuries. Also how different building styles were and are in India. There is also a small market there you can buy handcrafted souvenirs. When we went there it was kind of late and it wasnt much of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

If you have ever wondered how life was a few decades ago in the South of India, this is the place to go. the houses from the past have been built and maintained just like the old times. You can sit on the verandas of the different houses and almost transport yourself to the time past. There are a few... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Kingsport, Tennessee
Level Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Best experience yet of getting an idea of the history and culture of the area. Informative films and craftspeople stationed throughout to interpret arts and crafts activities, as well as self guided walk throughs with detailed descriptions. Beautifully manicured gardens and buildings with kholam. Modern art gallery with clean restroom. Wish we could have seen the shadow puppet show. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Kanathur, India
Level Contributor
163 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

A place/museum where you can see the by gone era of South India. Good parking and great entry and you are taken thru a guided tour. You get to see the old traditions which are followed in south of india. You have art and craft classes happening. You can get involved in various art activities. You can even purchase or... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ahmedabad, India
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A place of cultural importance which every Indian must visit. Your visit to Chennai is incomplete if you have not visited DakshinaChitra. Modular representation of culture of four south Indian states. It proves that there is no substitute for Indian art. Creativity is at its best. This place can be reached by buses to Mahabalipuram. Don't forget to carry your... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed DakshinaChitra also viewed

Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
 
Muttukadu, Tamil Nadu
Covelong, Tamil Nadu
 

Been to DakshinaChitra? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about DakshinaChitra

Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu 600 118, India
Phone Number: 044 27472603
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Tamil Nadu  >  Muttukadu

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from DakshinaChitra staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?