DakshinaChitra Museum
DakshinaChitra Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Mikan999
Bristol, UK518 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Worth visiting as a stop off when travelling from Chennai to Mahabalipuram but not as a destination in itself. There are many traditional buildings in the Tamil and Kerela style and artifacts such as Hindu statues and crafts. There are many stalls with artists and craftsmen selling their wares so useful for souvenirs. Two galleries exhibit contemporary Indian artists - which are very good. Entrance is Rs250/ person. Apparently there is Indian dancing sometimes.
Written January 8, 2020
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SURAJ KALATHINGAL
Kochi (Cochin), India6,058 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
You can enjoy by seeing the art of Tamilnadu, Kerala,Andhra Ptadesh,Karnataka.Need to walk and enjoy this place.You got activity like Puppet show in Tamil,Glass blowing,Mehendi,Paper mask,Pottery,ceramics,pot painting,basket making etc.Monday to Friday timing is 10am- 6pm and weekends and public holidays 10am- 7pm.TUESDAY Holiday.Good parking area.Awesome restaurant.
Written June 23, 2022
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Su P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Jan 24 visited Dakshi Chitra with a foreign national relative.
1.Tickets are differently priced -why they are charging more for a foreign national . Is it racism or discrimination or scam?
2. Not a single artisan was there, nothing to see. At least at ticket counter artisan unavailability should be told so we can make decision about visiting or no
Written January 23, 2023
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V Ajay S
Chennai (Madras), India7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Payment options for entry ticket is cash and card. Keep the yellow ticket they give you, safely, until you complete the trip and leaving the museum for the day. There are stalls to buy souvenirs/food items, wherein some accept only cash and some even UPI. The restaurant inside the museum accept even card. The restaurant has a A/c room too. When they give you a pamphlet at the ticket counter, which is actually the map, best to stick to the route recommended in that so that night is missed out. Bus routes are 109, 588. Share autos were also coming to the bus stop (didn't ask where they will go though).
Written February 9, 2020
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Ganesh J
Mumbai, India2,335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Nice place depicting life styles of different states in South of India
Car park available.
Many wash rooms available for visitors.
It was a nice experience to see the dwelling places of people of different financial status from south of India.
Overall , a nice experience.
Ganesh J
Mumbai
Written October 27, 2021
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Meg
Washington DC, DC37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We had a great experience and learned so much about Chennai’s history. Definitely worth stopping by for a visit! The grounds are beautiful, you can stop by to see live demonstrations, and there’s also lots of amazing information and a great arts and crafts market and when you’re done touring you can even buy from the gift shop.
Written December 1, 2023
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KarthikBalan
Chennai (Madras), India176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
We conducted our daughters wedding at Dakshina Chitra. It is a beautiful ethnic venue and the mandap is located opposite the Kerala pavilion on an open field. We erected a Shamiana and arabic tents and had the mandap, walkway and the doorways decorated with orange and white flowers. Marigolds added a dash of color too. The staff at Dakshina Chitra headed by COO Mr Nambiar, ably assisted by Mr Francis and Mr Balagopal were very helpful and went all out to make the event a grand success. A number of the couples friends from outside India really enjoyed the event. If anyone of you are planning a wedding there and require further information, you may contact me at prcom1@yahoo.com
Written September 3, 2015
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NitinHM
Chennai (Madras), India72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
If you are looking for cross culture of south India’s state this is the perfect place.
Here you can see Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra, Kerala style art, architecture, lifestyles and crafts.
Surely if you are interested in heritage kind of place this is awesome. Entry fee is Rs.120/person, you can easily finish it by 2-3hours.Even parking is available with no extra cost. Inside the this heritage center food facility is also available . For 1 day trip from Chennai you can cover See shore Temple mammalapuram, Dakshinachitra, Crocodile Bank and Tiger cave.
Written April 6, 2015
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Vignesh N
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
It is quite a family entertainment with balance between activities for Kids & experience of traditional south India lifestyle. Superbly well maintained, super clean, plenty of activities for Kids like painting, Pot Making, Origami, Mask Making, Glass blowing, Play area, Puppet Show etc. at a very nominal charge. At an average per activity for kids costs Rs. 25. Staff members are friendly, there is folk dance as well which was very entertaining. The local restaurant serves good South Indian Veg food at a very nominal charge (we were six of us & it cost us Rs. 800 for all of us). Highly recommended ( I would put as must visit) around Chennai, 45 Minutes drive from Chennai, located at East Coast Road, plan 4-5 hours. Entrance Fee : Rs. 120 for Adults & Rs. 30 for Kids below 12 years.
Written April 5, 2015
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NehaSharma225
Mumbai, India45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
It is a Heritage Museum.

You must visit this place and keep atleast 4hours in hand to shop, see this place and enjoy the various activities here.

Puppet shows, Folk Dance Performance are the experiences you must not miss!
Written February 23, 2015
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