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Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu 600 118, India
Phone Number: 044 27472603
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A unique concept of bringing South India’s cultural traditions all...

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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Don't miss this attraction if you are in Chennai

A visit to this place makes you proud of being a South Indian. DakshinaChitra Celebrates South India. It is a museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to this place makes you proud of being a South Indian. DakshinaChitra Celebrates South India. It is a museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum is a project of an NGO Called Madras Craft Foundation. The Museum is located at Muttukadu, on the East Coast Road.On its campus, 18 authentic... More 

1 Thank Kaleshkumar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very well laid out place with handicraft and exhibits. There are model houses of the ancient styles from various states and places in India. The display is very well organized and the maintenance also is good. There is a canteen inside the premises as well and so you will not go hungry. One can appreciate the Culture of India... More 

1 Thank ProfSkb
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was here quite a few times. The way they have presented the place is quite amusing.The cultural heritage place in chennai is really awesome. The kerala style and olden day huts and the pottery section are soo awesome.when i was here they where exhibiting kerla jandhai mealam it was so wonderful.

2 Thank vikneshs2014
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with my wife and 2 year old son. It was amazing to see different houses and customs and traditions people used to follow back in time and still do. It has different houses depicting culture of that state. Like Kerala house, Tamilnadu house etc. There is a playground for kids and refreshments are served inside as well as... More 

1 Thank Gnyan_jha
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

A family day out location in chennai,possible the culture and heritage around south india is displayed,Kerela ,Tamilnadu AP Karnataka etc This place need some kind of maintenance,but for sure a great place to take the kids around and show them about South Indian culture

3 Thank BloreRosh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Lot of activities which were good and interesting to kids and some to the adults as a family too. Our kids enjoyed all sorts of activities from finding flour to painting.

3 Thank SaravananGurunathan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I enjoyed my visit here very much. I arrived right as they opened so not all the activities had started. Nonetheless I had an enjoyable time exploring the exhibits and learned a lot about the history and culture of South India. Might not be interactive enough for kids under 8, but perhaps when all the activities are ongoing there would... More 

3 Thank Leon T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This is a wonderful collection of different architectural style homes throughout different times in history. There are two weaver's houses and they have real weavers working in the house who can both demonstrate how it's is done and answer questions. They have several stations where children can try each of the activities. In the weaver house, children can weave a... More 

2 Thank Zlch0c
New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The name of this place says it all. As soon as I entered the complex, I was taken over by the beauty of handlooms, handicrafts, lifestyle, lifestyle exhibits from all the states of southern India. A vast green complex, especially knowledgeable for young children to know more about our great heritage.

2 Thank Devdutt
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Very nice weekend activity. You get to see the culture and lives of Tamil Nadu esp the kind of life that has been forgotten. You could also get lucky with cultural activities like dance, music etc in their amphitheatre.

3 Thank BaishPune_India

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