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DakshinaChitra

East Coast Road, Muttukadu 600 118, India
044 27472603
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Muttukadu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Galleries, Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Chennai (Madras), India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

It's one of my favorite places around Chennai & very much recommended! Love the whole concept, it's a quick journey into the Ancient lifestyle and homes of South Indians of the 4 states- Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. Artistically made, a great effort to keep the S.Indian culture alive. Added attractions are glass blasting to make gift items,... More

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Bangalore, India
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The place gives a nice insight on the lifestyle of South Indian States (namely, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka). It is open on all days except Tuesday. There is an Entry Fee of Rs. 100/-. Camera Charges are Extra. Credit cards are accepted at the counters. There is a nice trail to follow. The path first leads to... More

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India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We decided to host our Wedding Reception at Dakshinachitra in January 2014 and approached the administration office at the venue a month in advance. Since our first visit to Dakshinachitra, we have been extremely happy with their service. We wanted to host an evening of cultural exuberance with a tinge of the folk history from the south Indian states. The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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47 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I think it is best not to rush this place as you do find some great examples of building styles and one can learn quite a lot plus they have a good craft shop near the entrance and some traders have some small shops in case you have not already had an overload of those Indian souvenirs ! The folk... More

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Kochi
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This is a place worth visiting once you are in chennai. A glimpse of the rich south Indian culture and architecture is portrayed here. Traditional houses from all four south Indian states are reconstructed here. You need at least 2-3 hours to roam around the full area in leisure. Keep that in mind before planning a trip to this place.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Wow! The houses are super awesome. You almost think you are in some 1920s! Really a commendable effort in trying to keep the heritage alive. Very peaceful place. It is the ideal destination if you want to just unwind, relax and reflect upon yourself. It is all the more fun if you have a companion who likes those relaxed, laid... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

On the way to pondicherry, we stopped to see this cultural place. It has beautiful buildings in various styles according to caste, religion and districts. I found the differences fascinating and spent 2 hours there. The dance from Kerala was performed live at a set time througout the day. It is a good and worthwhile showcase of south indian culture.

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Draper, Utah
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This should be rated as the best tourist attraction for the Chennai area. This inspired collection gives one the opportunity to see the arts and architecture of various cultural communities of Southern India all in one place. It is very important to read the information provided at houses and exhibits to fully appreciate its cultural significance and observe details that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Its a nice place for the weekend. Instead of just seeing the prototype of how people lived, this gives the real experience of visiting the places. The real houses are built and we can experience the culture of the states. I really enjoyed a lot, I would say I lived in that culture.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

One can re-live how the people of different trades and communities of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka lived a few decades back. The organizers have done a great job of maintaining the authenticity; One can see quaint things like drawing water from the well, without getting out from the kitchen; and ingenuity like woodwok joints without using nails, and stunning... More

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